The Best Seats in Town

Beth Landman | October 3, 2016 | Feature Features

Fall is considered by many to be the best season on the East End. The humidity is gone, along with the summer tourists, and the surroundings sparkle. For movie buffs, October brings the Hamptons International Film Festival and its gatherings of creative people. Hit these must-do dozen places to break bread with fellow film lovers and retire at between a roster of stellar flicks.
BLISSFUL RETREAT The elegant front entrance at Baker House 1650

1770 House
Stay in one of the six guest rooms or the carriage house at this historic colonial home in East Hampton and walk to Guild Hall, the movie theater and many other festival locations. Dine at the elegant upstairs room or the downstairs Tavern, which draws a high-profile crowd including Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin. From $395, 631.324.1770

Baker House 1650

Grand rooms and gardens will make you feel like you are in a 17th century English manor house, the inspiration for this East Hampton retreat. From $425, 631.324.4081

c/o The Maidstone

Event organizers set up camp at one of the hotel’s bucolic cottages, so there is a strong festival presence. The Living Room is one of East Hampton’s most romantic places to dine. From $485, 631.324.5006

Little Red

The charming little sibling to Southampton’s beloved Red|Bar is offering a complimentary glass of wine to anyone who presents a movie stub from the festival. 631.283.3309


Hollywood royal Isabella Rossellini is a fan of Marco Barrila’s coastal Italian fare at this elegant spot with an outdoor patio in Water Mill. 631.726.4444

Nick & Toni’s

Always known for its A-list entertainment industry clientele, as well as its seasonal local cuisine, this East Hampton favorite offers brunch as well as dinner in the fall. 631.324.3550


Francophiles love this Bridgehampton bistro, which is great for people-watching. Pierre’s patisserie next door is a perfect place to stop by in the morning before festival activities. 631.537.5110


During the festival, this popular French-influenced, new American Southampton brasserie is offering a prix fixe three-course dinner for $35, or an appetizer-entree combination for $30. The front dining room, full of windows, is one of the prettiest around, and chef Todd Jacobs has brought the food to a new level. 631.283.0704

Service Station

Locals flock to this casual East Hampton joint with great music and tasty American-style comfort food that opened in the spring on the site that housed Nichol’s. 631.267.5603

Solé East

Montauk is definitely worth exploring post-season, when it gets its true character back, and this beachy boutique hotel with its lush landscaping and low-key restaurant, Backyard, is worth a visit. From $200, 631.668.2105

Sotto Sopra

A favorite of Harvey Weinstein’s, the Amagansett-based Italian restaurant with a wood-burning pizza oven has a buzzy bar scene and stellar food. 631.267.3695

White Fences Inn

Several rooms have volcanic-stone soaking tubs at this contemporary bed and breakfast in Water Mill. Linens are Frette and Matouk, and guests receive complimentary passes to the Parrish Art Museum. From $350, 631.500.9013


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