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What to do for Labor Day in New York & The Hamptons

Labor Day Guide New York

If you are like us, you are probably in disbelief that summer is almost over and it is time to think about what to do for Labor Day to send summer out with a bang. It seems like only moments ago we were planning to kick off summer with Memorial Day celebrations. 

Check out top picks of what to do in New York City and The Hamptons for Labor Day. From art shows to opera screening, The Victoria Shtainer Team has curated a selection that is sure to keep you busy before you fire up your barbecue for the last time and say farewell to Summer 2016. 

U.S. Open: 


The U.S. Open is one of the most, if not the most, popular sporting events in New York. The event draws a celebrity crowd so do not be surprised if you spot one. Enjoy food trucks and live music on the grounds, as well as shops including Ralph Lauren who offers their special U.S. Open collection. There is a Heineken Café and Moet & Chandon Bar onsite for enjoyment. 

The tournament will run through September 11th with Ticketmaster being the best bet to snatch up tickets. Prices starting around $68.

Riis Park Beach Bazaar:


The Riis Park Beach Bazaar has been going on all summer long, and has brought food, drinks, shopping, and entertainment to one of New York's best beaches. Catch the final series of of the Get Summered DJ Series on September 5th.  Food and drinks are available at concession stand Bay 9 East as well as pop-up food trucks like Coney Shack, Lizzmonade, and Trop Pops. What better way to wave goodbye to summer than a day on the beach?

16702 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Queens

Met Opera Summer HD Series:


The summer series at the Met Opera will be returning for its eighth season this year. Spectators can enjoy performances presented from the acclaimed "Live in HD" series outdoor on Lincoln Center Plaza. Showings begin at 8pm, but plan on getting there much earlier if you want to grab a seat for the screening. Screenings will run in the evening through September 5th. 

Looking for a bite pre-screening? Try Bar Boulud directly across from the plaza for a relaxing glass of wine and charcuterie. 

Lincoln Center Plaza. Admission: Free

Hampton Classic Horse Show:


The Hampton Classic is one of the "it" events on the Hamptons circuit. The show, well into its third decade, is well respected from locals and equestrian-lovers alike. Because of its stature, the Hampton Classic has recevied the status of "Heritage Competition" by the United States Equestrian Federation, making it only the second horse show ever to receive this designation. The event will be running through September 4th.

240 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton. General Admission: $10/person. Under 6, free.

Westhampton Beach Festival of The Arts:

The Great Lawn of Westhampton Beach will once again be transformed into an outdoor arts and crafts gallery. The event, in its 8th year, will have an array of handmade pieces including paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and mixed-media on display. Pieces will be available for purchase, so you might just find that perfect piece you have been looking for to fill a blank space on your wall! The festival will be held September 3-4th. 

After browsing through the art, try Dockers located right along the water for a relaxing meal.

Great Lawn- 35 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. Free admission and parking.

Holiday House Hamptons by Hamptons Cottages & Gardens:

Holiday House Hamptons

The Hamptons is known for its beautiful homes and estates, and this year's holiday house is a must-see. More than 20 designers transformed the 13,000 square-foot home into a showcase of the latest interior design trends and lifestyle concepts. It serves as a great source of inspiration! If you visit on a sunny day, revel in the rays by the stunning outdoor pool that features water views. Ticket sales benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The home will be open Thursday-Sunday until September 4th.

100 Crescent Avenue, Watermill. Admission: $35.

The Best Lobster Rolls in NYC & The Hamptons

Does the summer season have you craving a delicious lobster roll, but you aren't sure where to look? With each bite, the quintessentially New England summer staple has become a means to escape from the hot and steamy city to the calm and serene water's edge of Maine. The delectable sandwich is now quite popular outside of New England, with many places in the city and The Hamptons vying for the "Best Lobster Roll" title. 

The Victoria Shtainer Team has curated a list of spots both in New York and The Hamptons that often top the lists of best lobsters. In no particular order, we present you some of our favorites. 

We would love to hear- what is your favorite spot to grab a lobster roll? Share with us in the comments below!

Lobster Roll in New York City

Luke's Lobster:

Luke Holden, Maine native and former investment banker, started his business in 2009 with the first outpost of Luke's Lobster in the East Village. They now have a presence in 8 states. Mr. Holden controls every aspect of the supply chain, resulting in fresh seafood that is sustainably sourced.

The roll is made with knuckle and claw meat only, taking 3.2 lobsters per roll.  Meat is mixed with a little mayo, proprietary seasoning with hints of celery and oregano, and lemon butter on a classic, New England-style roll.  


Pearl Oyster Bar opened in 1997 with Rebecca Charles making the first Manhattan lobster roll here, rendering her eatery one of the first places to really be inspired by New England summers and fresh seafood in the city. 

The roll is simple, consisting of lobster salad with mayonnaise, lemon juice, and chive atop a grilled bun with butter..

grand banks:

photo: our own

photo: our own

On Pier 25, situated on the historic schooner, Sherman Zwicker, Grand Banks offers a setting that feels as if you are transported away from the city. The floating vessel is the perfect spot to enjoy the summer indulgence of lobster roll. 

Executive chef Kerry Heffernan crafts his version of the sandwich with Maine lobster with fennel, lemon, dulse emulsion, and boat-made pickles on a toasted bun. The side of
"New Bay" spiced chips is worth noting as well. 

This is one our team's favorite spots!

The Mermaid inn:

The Mermaid Inn is also a long standing veteran in offering up great seafood. Many flock here for oysters, but Mermaid Inn serves up a great lobster roll as well. 

Another simple rendition, their version consists of a New England-style bun with lots of lobster and mayo. (We have heard rumors that they were serving it on a brioche bun at one point). The side of Old Bay fries is also a crowd pleaser. 

Lobster Roll in The Hamptons:

Dock House:

Located in Sag Harbor's Long Wharf, Dock House is reminiscent of an old fisherman's shack, but do not let the exterior fool you. The restaurant offers up award-winning dishes and chowders as well as a great lobster roll. 

Their approach to the roll is one of simplicity, served on a toasted bun with the fresh lobster meat standing out. With the picturesque setting on Sag Harbor, what's not to love about lobster roll and views of beautiful yachts?

Seafood Shop:

Started by two local schoolteachers as a summer project, the shop is a great go-to for grab-n-go rolls to take to the beach with its Wainscott location.

The roll is served up on a hot dog bun with celery, red onion, and hints of garlic. 

While you are picking up your lobster rolls, you can grab other meats and produce for an evening grill out, all in one place. 


Would the list be complete without the restaurant that is named after the dish itself? Started 49 years ago, the highly instagrammed outpost will ask if you want your salad served hot or cold. Lunch is often credited with creating the cold lobster salad as we know it today.

The cold roll is a mayonnaise-based salad with celery on a toasted, buttered bun. The hot roll, on the other hand, consists of steamed, whole pieces of lobster served on the side of a toasted bun. Both variations come with a side of fries.

The relaxed and casual atmosphere make for an easy seaside afternoon.

Clam Bar:


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Clam Bar is located on the Napeague stretch of the highway, on the way to Montauk. They receive their seafood fresh each morning, delivered from local fishermen.

The Clam Bar takes a "sometimes simple is better" approach to their roll. It is crafted from three ingredients: claw & knuckle meat, celery, and Hellmann's mayo on a toasted bun. 


What better way to spend the summer than with some sun and a good lobster roll. Imagine lounging by the pool at our listing at 1155 Noypac Path with your lobster roll in hand! Please contact us if you are interested in viewing the property.

1155 Noyac Path, Water Mill. Currently offered at $4,995,000.

1155 Noyac Path, Water Mill. Currently offered at $4,995,000.

Father's Day in NYC and The Hamptons

Fathers Day Guide

Father's Day is just around the corner on Sunday, June 19th so its time to start thinking about planning a special day for him, or, perhaps, a special gift. Father's Day does not have to mean another tie to add to his collection of hundreds. The Victoria Shtainer Team has curated a list of places to take Dad on his special day in the city and The Hamptons from a little R&R to some great brews, we have the perfect list for you. 

If you are unable to spend time in-person with Dad, consider sending him a thoughtful gift. Below, you will find a selection of gift ideas that will be sure to add a luxurious touch to his day. 



Kayaking on the Hudson : Spend some time on the water of New York Harbor, taking in city views from a different perspective. The Downtown Boathouse is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free public access to the harbor in NYC. With that being said, sit-on-top kayaks  as well as brief instructions and all necessary safety equipment is provided complimentary. 

Hudson River Park at Pier 26 

John Allan's TriBeCa

John Allan's TriBeCa

John Allan's Spa for Men : This spa, or as dubbed by John Allan, "men's club", is all about just that, men. It is the premier men's grooming club that has created a luxury concept and lifestyle around their brand. Multiple locations can be found throughout the city, and they are available for yearly membership or on a per service basis. Consider treating Dad to the signature Full Service which consists of a 30-minute grooming service with scalp massaging shampoo and conditioning treatment, hot towel, haircut, manicure, and shoe shine. Looking for a rejuvenating rubdown? Choose from Swedish or deep-tissue options in 30 or 60-minute sessions. 

Locations Throughout the City

NoMad Dining Room

NoMad Dining Room

The NoMad: The restaurant at the popular NoMad hotel is a sibling to Eleven Madison Park and is a collaboration from co-owners Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. If you are looking to enjoy a brunch with Dad with an elevated, luxurious atmosphere, this spot is worth checking out. The atrium dining room features inviting armchairs and the decor evokes a feeling of Old New York. Notable brunch items include the poached eggs and egg with quinoa. Afterwards, enjoy a cocktail in the library bar. 

1170 Broadway (at 28th Street)

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery:  If Dad loves beer, consider taking him to Brooklyn Brewery to enjoy the tasting room and a tour. The tasting room is open on Sundays from 12-6pm, so you can come in and grab a ticket for a free tour.  The Brewery has experienced a lot of growth, and as a result, their portfolio of brews has grown as well, with their Brooklyn Lager being the flagship. The free tours on Sunday start on the half hour beginning at 1pm until 4pm. Please note that tables in the tasting room are on a first come first served basis. 

79 N 11th Street, Brookyln

Sadelles via @kimmyb_nyc on Instagram

Sadelles via @kimmyb_nyc on Instagram

Sadelles: Looking for a quaint breakfast with Dad complete with bagels? This is your spot! The SoHo eatery is known for its bagels and bakery specials that are all made in-house. The menu is all about New York Classics including bagels, chopped salads, and sandwiches. The signature menu item is the $100 tower of smoked fish and fixings for the ultimate Father's Day breakfast or brunch. If you are looking to enjoy dinner, the space transforms into a completely candlelit dining room in the evenings. 

463 West Broadway


Sparkling Pointe

Sparkling Pointe

Sparkling Pointe "Cheers for Dad": The Northfork vineyard will once again be hosting "Cheers for Dad" at the Tasting Room. Enjoy a glass of Sparkling Pointe sparkling wine paired with a trio of sliders. There will be live music by Alex Clough Jazz Duo. Tickets can be purchased online for $30. 

39750 County Road 48, Southold, NY


"Head over Heels" by Claudia Ward

"Head over Heels" by Claudia Ward

At Sea: A Designer Showcase: Get in the mood for summer with the new exhibition on display at The White Room On display will be artwork that pays homage to the summer season and the beauty of the East End. The exhibition features oil paintings by Jill Krutick, and photography by Michele Dragonetti, EJ Camp, and Claudia Ward. Pieces are available for purchase, so it is okay if Dad falls in love with one!

2415 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY

Entrance, Harbor Bistro

Entrance, Harbor Bistro

Sangria Sunday's: Enjoy a relaxing evening at the Harbor Bistro in East Hampton with Dad. Sunday evenings, the Bistro hosts Sangria Sunday's with live music. You will enjoy $5 sangria, $6 drink specials, and $8 nosh specials including chipotle hummus, chicken potstickers, and grilled gulf shrimp. 

313 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, East Hampton, NY


Father's Day Gift Ideas

From a favorite cologne to luxurious headphones, below are a few ideas for gifts here is sure to love. You will not find any ties here!

Fathers Day Gift Ideas 2016

1. Tom Ford Fragrance: The Tom Ford favorite, Neroli Portofino, has recently received an update with a new edition "Neroli Portofino Forte." The new edition ups the intensity of the wonderful Neroli scent. He will be reminiscing of trips to the Amalfi Coast! Bergdorf Goodman

2. Vilebrequin Trunks: The St. Tropez swimwear brand, known for its splashy prints, is perfect as we approach summer. There are myriad prints from which to select, but we are partial to the classic turtles. They are also available in smaller sized for the little guy, so Dad and son can match all summer long. Vilebrequin

3. Nespresso Virtuoline: Is Dad a coffee lover? If yes, then Nespresso is the perfect gift him. Elevate is at-home coffee brewing experience with the Virtuoline from Nespresso. This sleek machine will allowing him to brew both espressos and coffees. Receive 20% off on all machines now through June 20th! Nespresso

4. Master & Dynamic Wireless Headphones: Master & Dynamic brings sophisticated styling and premium sound quality to its products. Dad can enjoy his favorite music with the MW60 over ear headphones that will connect to his device via bluetooth, eliminating the cables. Master & Dynamic

5. Custom Wall Print: This custom wall art from Shutterfly is sure to be a gift that he will cherish and remember. You can select any photo of your choosing, and it printed on metal for an interesting piece to adorn any room in the house. Select sizes are up to 30% off until June 14th! Shutterfly


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Memorial Day Weekend Guide: NYC & The Hamptons

memorial day

In just a few short days, we are going to be kicking off the unofficial start to the summer season. Whether you stay in the city or spend your summers out east, The Victoria Shtainer Team has curated a list of a few of our favorite happenings in NYC and the Hamptons. 

While we cannot wait to kick off the summer season, we also must take a moment to pause and remember the meaning of the Memorial Day Holiday. We would like to thank all of those that serve in the US Armed Forces and continue to protect our country every day. 

New York City:

Kings County Memorial Day Parade: There are quite a few different Memorial Day parades throughout the city, however, the Kings County Memorial Day Parade in Bay Ridge is the most iconic, in its 149th year. Following the ceremony there will be a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army at Fort Hamilton. The NYPD and FDNY participate in the march, and antique fire trucks and autos are on display. 

The parade kicks off at 11am on Monday, May 30th at 78th St and Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. Take the R train to 77th St Bay Ridge Avenue or 86th St.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit: The bi-annual art fair is returning to the streets of Greenwich village. Browse artwork on display by original artists from New York, the nation, and globally. The fair includes paintings, sculpture, and eco-friendly art and unique pieces that are available for purchase at substantially less than gallery prices.

The exhibit is free admission and will be running May 28-30 as well as June 4-5, 12pm-6pm. University Place beginning at East 13th down the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street.

Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel

Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel

Gallow Green: Given the hot forecast, it looks promising for great weather to enjoy a rooftop bar. While we could have dedicated an entire post to rooftop recommendations, we are focusing on Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel for an experience different than other popular rooftops. The vibes of Sleep No More carry over to Gallow Green which is reminiscent of a garden party at an old farm, complete with fairy lights and an old railroad car. Try the punch bowls while enjoying the whimsical garden feel!

542 W 27th Street

Jacob Riis Park Beach

Jacob Riis Park Beach

Jacob Riis Park Beach: It is the unofficial start of summer, so why not visit one of the NYC beaches so enjoy some sun and sand? Riis has been gaining popularity thanks to the Riis Park Beach Bazaar and its famed bathhouse that has been transformed to a foodcourt. Vendors on site include Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue and Ample Hills Creamery. Other facilities include the Riis Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course and ball courts.

New York Beach Ferry provides service from Pier 11 at Wall Street and drops off at Riis Landing.

The Hamptons:

On The Montauk Green Art Show: The 8th Annual Memorial Day Weekend on the Montauk Green is coming to Montauk Village Green. Artisans from throughout New York and the country will be showcasing original creations including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, and ceramics. Admission to the show is free and it will be running Friday 12-6pm and Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm.

742 Montauk Highway, Montauk

In Montauk after the exhibit? Stop by the popular evening destination, Surf Lodge, and enjoying their live music. They have released the summer lineup, and Memorial Day weekend includes Bob Mosses on the 28th and The Arcs on the 29th.

Wolffer Estate Memorial Day weekend

Wolffer Estates: The annual summer events return to the Sagaponack vineyard starting this Friday.  You will not want to miss summer 2016's first installment of Sunset Fridays at the wine stand. Enjoy wine by the glass or bottle as well as cheese and charcuterie plates. 

Yoga in the vines will be returning to Wolffer beginning Saturday, May 28th. Some of the Hamptons' best yoga instructors will be conducting classes right in the vineyard. Drop in classes are $25 with packages available for purchase as well. More details and online reservation can be accessed here.

139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack

New Restaurants: The restaurant scene on the east end has seen some shuffling around, with land lords charging high rent being one factor. Two notable restaurants to consider are the Topping Rose House and Jue Lan Club.

Topping Rose House

Topping Rose House

Topping Rose House: You may be thinking that Topping Rose House has been around a while, true! However, this summer, Jean Georges is taking over the restaurant at the luxury hotel. He will be bringing and complete farm-to-table concept to the space. Call 631.537.0870 for reservations.

One Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton

Jue Lan Club: Jue Lan Club has been making waves in NYC since opening about 6 months ago, and they are coming to the old Savanna space in Southampton. The venue will open May 26th and features 200 seats, a late night lounge, and an outdoor cigar bar. They are accepting reservations now- call 646.524.7409 and ask for the Southampton location.

268 Elm Street, Southampton 

When you pick up your copy of Hamptons Magazine this weekend, be sure to look for our listing at 3 Maple Avenue featured with Compass!

Browse our beautiful new construction listings in Southampton:

3 Maple Avenue

3 Maple Avenue, Southampton

3 Maple Avenue, Southampton

117 Bridies Path, Southampton

117 Bridies Path, Southampton

*Open Houses will be held at these locations Saturday, May, 28th from 1-2:30pm.


Wishing a happy summer season to all!






Images: Gallow Green, NY TimesTopping Rose House.

4 Places to Take Mom this Mother's Day

Mother's Day is this Sunday, and if it slipped through the cracks of your busy schedule, The Victoria Shtainer Team has 3 recommendations for you to take Mom to this weekend. Forget breaking the ban on a typical, boring lunch or dinner, these events are cultural and will add some interest and surprise to your Mom's special day. 

America's Cup

America's Cup : The iconic event will return to lower Manhattan for the first time since 1920! The cup, presented by Louis Vuitton, is a preliminary competition among six countries for the 35th America's Cup next June. Head to the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza for the best experience and viewing. Brookfield Place Waterfront will be transformed into an event village featuring a gear shop where you can purchase event t-shirts and apparel, and, most notably, a Moet Champagne bar. No tickets necessary, and races will take place from 2-3:30pm both Saturday and Sunday. The event village will be open both days from 12-6pm so you can enjoy some champagne!

Looking for something to enjoy afterwards? Head to Grand Banks at Pier 25 to enjoy an oyster bar al fresco. The restaurant is on the historic wooden schooner, Sherman Zwicker. The setting is reminiscent of the oyster barges that were seen on the Manhattan waterfront in the 18th and 19th centuries. Great cocktails, rose, and beer on tap are also available. 


New York Botanical Garden Weekend Garden Party: Enjoy the spring time blooms and fragrant air at the New York Botanical Garden. The garden has restored and renovated some areas to have it looking the best this year. The weekend party will feature live music, dancers, games, food trucks, and casual picnicking. Tickets: $20 adults, $8 children. Saturday and Sunday from 10-6pm.

Frieze Art Fair

Frieze New York: Looking to give Mom a little dose of culture? In addition to all the art offerings the city has on a daily basis, the Frieze Art Fair is taking place May 5-8th on Randall's Island.  There will be a large array of art with more than 200 galleries showing. There will be food trucks and other beloved New York eateries on site such as Frankies Spuntino and Roberta's and Cosme. Tickets start at $49 and we recommend taking the East River Ferry to get to the island.  

CONTEXT New York: In conjunction with Art New York, CONTEXT New York is launching is inaugural New York edition with a fair running from May 3-8th. It is based of its successful counterpart, CONTEXT Miami. Art New York and CONTEXT create a welcoming atmosphere for both experienced and new art collectors. 60+ emerging and established galleries will be participating. The event will be held at Pier 94 located on the Hudson River at 12th Avenue and 55th Street. One Day passes are $40 and valid for both CONTEXT and Art New York.

We hope you can get out and enjoy the weekend with Mom. Wishing all mothers a Happy Mother's Day!


Victoria Shtainer with her Mother

Victoria Shtainer with her Mother