Hamptonite of the Week: Natasha Esch
June 18, 2012 | Talk of the Town
Occupation: Owner and designer, MONC XIII
When did you start coming to the Hamptons and how has it changed since then?
I started coming to the Hamptons on weekends when I was living in Manhattan, back in 1993. There were a lot less people for sure. Sag Harbor was a sleepy village that people went to for two things: to go to Sage Street Antiques or to have dinner at The American Hotel. Now Sag Harbor is a bustling little village with people walking the streets every night in season!
What’s your best, worst, or most hilarious Hamptons memory?
Back in 1994 on one of our weekend visits at the start of the season, my husband and I were stopped at a roadblock in Sag Harbor. Upon running my husband's driver's license, an unpaid speeding ticket from the previous season showed up and he was arrested. I had to follow him to the Sag Harbor police station in the squad car and then bail him out for $50!
Do you have an inner circle or group of friends you hang out with most often when you’re here?
Well, since we are year-rounders, we now have two groups of friends we hang out with: weekenders who come out from Manhattan, and parents of our kids’ friends who are a more year-round group of friends.
What are your East End traditions or must-dos every summer?
Having a clambake on the beach, a visit to The Clam Bar for lobster and crab and corn chowder, watching the Fourth of July fireworks on the beach in Sag Harbor, visiting the new Swallow East in Montauk, and taking the boat out to Sunset Beach for lunch.
Who throws the best parties?
Well, I am told the previous owner of our home, Sandy Gallin, had the best parties. I have never been to one, but people constantly comment, ‘I was at a great party at this house,’ when they see our home.
Where do you go for a drink and what’s your usual?
Either The Beacon in Sag Harbor for a blood orange margarita, Tutto il Giorno for a glass of Vernaccia, or The Living Room at c/o The Maidstone for a Scandinavian Sunset.
Do you have a favorite summer song or anthem?
Every summer is defined by a different song, but my summer music go-tos are the Gipsy Kings or Bob Marley.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten in the Hamptons?
The corn and crab chowder at The Clam Bar, the Long Island duck at The Living Room at c/o The Maidstone, and oysters and Champagne at The American Hotel.
Where do you go to totally unplug?
Our boat, a 44-foot Mochi Craft Ferretti Yacht, on the ocean.
What’s the last thing you bought in the Hamptons?
A blue and white sweatshirt from Curve in Sag Harbor.
Last night of the summer, where can we find you and what are you doing?
On the boat enjoying the last days of summer with friends and family.