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Hamptons Epicure: Remembering & Celebrating Hump Day!

Remember “hump day?” This was the term that all the radio stations used to refer to Wednesday when I was a teenager. They probably still do, but I’m no teenager any more.

How does one get over the mid-week “hump” in the Hamptons? Deliciously, of course. I’ve taken to exploring what the beautiful people come out here for—but without that weekend traffic.

The staff of Dan’s Papers often heads out to Montauk on Wednesday nights to catch a Nancy Atlas Project set at the Surf Lodge. Last week the Surf Lodge scene of great music, sea air and drinks was elevated by the presence of stage actress Laurie Metcalf. She’s currently appearing in Guild Hall’s production of All My Sons with Alec Baldwin. She was a fun addition to the festivities. We knew that there has been a slight chance of Leo there lately and there were some bearded guys dancing around, but Metcalf seemed to be the only star there that evening.

A recent Wednesday found me at Cowfish in Hampton Bays for dinner with green architect Pamela Glazer. In fact, Glazer was my host at dinner—she had a lot to celebrate. The new restaurant, Rhum, that she’s designing for Cowfish restaurateur David Hersh in Patchogue, is entering its construction phase and she has six East End houses, and several green projects in Sag Harbor, in the works. She is one sunny, busy gal who, ironically, is partial to drinking Mostly Cloudys.

Cowfish’s bar designed by architect Pamela Glazer
Cowfish’s bar designed by architect Pamela Glazer, Photo: S. Dermont

I went for a Crooked Ladder IPA—delish. Other highlights of our meal included some of the freshest of Roasted Garlic Hummus with feta and Jumbo Buffalo Shrimp. I’m from Buffalo so I’ve been made to try many a Jumbo Buffalo Shrimp. These were a fine example of the form—very tender and dripping with the naughtiness of Danish bleu cheese…Pam’s North Fork Salad looked fabu but I didn’t ask for a taste because I was saving room for Cowfish’s popular Banana Cream Pie. I love that Cowfish servers refer to the giant chocolate chip cookie served in a skillet as “medium rare,” but I sadly have to limit my chocolate intake (or risk acting out like a hepped-up child on Easter Sunday).

Pam taught me a new axiom that evening: “Mistakes in architecture are not cheap—so you can’t really make them.” Good that I’m not an architect, I embrace all manner of “happy accidents.”

Fresh Hamptons in Bridgehampton is another Wednesday fave. Their “Wine Down Wednesdays” means a half-priced bottle of vino. That’s like…twice the wine! And I heart Fresh’s Coconut Dal.

It’s easy to get to the North Fork during the week. Next week I’m planning a triumphant return to the North Fork Table & Inn in Southold for dinner. It’s not open on Wednesdays but I’ll manage. It’s been way too long since I’ve indulged in their savory delights and in pastry chef Claudia Fleming’s cookies and sorbet. Ah, hump days in the Hamptons…

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