It may not feel like spring has sprung — at least at the time I’m writing this column — it’s currently 35 degrees. I do have high hopes that by press time things will start to warm up. And as summer nears, here are a few restaurant openings to get excited about.
EMP Summer House in East Hampton is reopening. Last summer’s pop-up was intended to just be that, while Will Guidara and Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park in New York City was being renovated. But they broke the news that they will be returning.
“So excited to announce that part of our team will be heading back to the beach this summer to launch #EMPSummerHouse in partnership with @AmericanExpress, where we’ll focus on the local seafood and ingredients of the Hamptons!” said chef and owner Humm on his Instagram.
Since I had one of my favorite dinners of last summer there, and since Eleven Madison Park is rated #1 Restaurant in the World by World’s 50 Best, it’s exciting to have the more casual pop-up return to the East End.
And for everyone who missed Moby’s (I know I did!) when EMP opened at its former location, the restaurant is returning. After a year hiatus, Moby’s will open up at East Hampton Point in Springs, giving the eatery a beautiful waterfront setting. Seems like a perfect match.
Italian restaurant favorite, Il Mulino, will open at 108 Wainscott Stone Road in Wainscott. The restaurant group also has locations in Manhattan, Roslyn, Las Vegas, and South Beach.
Maison Vivienne will open its doors at 136 Main Street in Southampton, brought to the East End by owners Svitlana Flom, Tessa Flom, and Allan Basaran. Executive chef Wolfgang Ban will offer signature entrées like bouillabaisse, roasted heritage chicken for two, and cote de bouef langoustine grilled with orange, fennel, and saffron dip.
The concept of the restaurant is described as “an elegantly modern French culinary destination that features and inn, restaurant, bar, and lounge and vegetable garden on premises.”