East End restaurants continue to attract celebrity diners in October, and with the Hamptons International Film Festival underway, we expect to see a lot more of them this week. Folks need to eat!
Hamptons International Film Festival organizers, participants and attendees gathered for an opening night party at Philippe Chow‘s The Club at Philippe in East Hampton on Thursday night. Incoming HIFF co-chairman and longtime festival supporter Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin were in attendance, along with Truth director James Vanderbilt, who premiered his film at Guild Hall earlier in the evening, and actor and HIFF juror Josh Charles of The Good Wife and Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Charles and the Baldwins shared a table and some conversation for part of the evening.
And they weren’t the only celebs to pop up at the restaurant in recent weeks.
Legendary songstress Patti LaBelle recently dined with friends at Phillipe. Eating at another table was shooter for the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry. Hamptons fan and “Elusive Chanteuse” Mariah Carey ate a meal in the wine cellar at Philippe with her children, along with a few friends and their children. Terrence Howard, star of Fox’s hit show Empire—now three episodes into its second season—and award-winning film Hustle & Flow (2005), dined there with his wife Miranda Howard.
Billy Joel and his new wife Alexis recently enjoyed dinner at Sotto Sopra in Amagansett. The Joels celebrated the christening of their baby girl, Della Rose Joel, last week. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Della Rose’s godfather, reportedly made a speech before 20 guests, as well as a few curious onlookers, during a post-christening meal at Kyma in Roslyn.
Kevin Connolly, star of HBO’s hit show and recent film, Entourage, stopped by Sparkling Pointe Winery in Southold last week. The Long Island native was in the area for a wedding, and visited the vineyard with friends. Rumor has it that a film was recently shot at Sparkling Pointe…
In other restaurant news, Brent Pelton’s Greenport restaurant, American Beech, received a “very good” rating from The New York Times. Said the Times reviewer, “The buttermilk fried chicken, with spiced honey in the crust, had a Southerner in our party calling it ‘the best fried chicken north of the Mason-Dixon line.’”
East End regular Gael Greene is just back from a 10-day “tasty trip” to Paris. Where will the world-famous food critic and novelist pop up next?