Dramatic and breathtakingly scenic, The End is highly prized by architects, artists, surfers and those in search of the unplugged life. Notable residents who have made their homes past and present in Montauk include: Paul Simon, Julianne Moore, Jimmy Buffet, Colin Jost, Ralph Macchio, Fred Stelle, Cynthia Nixon, Dick Cavett, Chad Smith, Cheryl Tiegs, Peter Beard, Cynthia Rowley, Edward Albee, Rufus Wainwright, Julian Schnabel, Bill O’Reilly, Bernie Madoff and Andy Warhol.


Living on the South Fork, I’ve seen a lot of astounding houses … but none as seemingly perfect as the Sag Harbor home of renowned interior designer Steven Gambrel. With parts of it originating in the late 18th century and add-ons throughout its history ending with Gambrel’s own rebuilding of it in 2002, it encompasses both a traditional and modern aesthetic.


Montauk is located at the easternmost tip of Long Island’s South Fork. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the south and Block Island Sound on the north, Montauk is a mecca for surfers, fishermen, tourists, and locals alike. Popularly called “The End,” Montauk is an ever-changing landscape and seascape of stunning cliffs, pounding waves, and brilliant skies, forming a scenic portrait of endless splendor. It is also a town in flux as each year new folks influence the “vibe” of the many shops, restaurants, and special events going on in this legendary place. Here are some interesting spots to check out next time you’re in “The End.”


The South Fork of Long Island is no mecca of avant-gardae cuisine. Like most summer resorts, classics and old time favorites trump innovation. And why shouldn’t they? At the end of a day at the beach, people want good-tasting wine and drink--not a meal that comes with operating instructions or a chef’s manifesto on a plate. Well, hold on to your sun hats! The Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, co-owners of New York City’s Eleven Madison Park, a restaurant with three Michelin stars, an eleven-course tasting menu, and legions of admirers, have opened a summer pop-up in East Hampton! Do not expect such signature dishes as celery root cooked in a pig’s bladder. The à la carte menu skews posh-casual with summer favorites such as a $75 per person fried chicken feast (fried chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, Parker House rolls, coleslaw, watermelon salad, and pie), fluke ceviche, and beef tartare with horseradish and cornichons, along with local seafood and pasta dishes. This being the Hamptons, the menu features the obligatory lobster boil, but what a lobster boil it is! At $125 per person (minimum six people, maximum twelve), the EMP Summer House version includes clams, shrimp. andouille sausage, just-picked sweet corn and other seasonal vegetables, tomato salad, and pie.