Hamptons doctor Kenneth Mark partners on an Austrian dining experience.
A Doctor and a Chef Open a Restaurant
Oysters with uni and pickled celery at Upholstery Store: Food and Wine.
“Many friendships evolved at Michael Braverman’s Hamptons home the night he invited me over for an Austrian wine tasting event,” says Dr. Kenneth Mark, a dermatologist with offices in East Hampton, Manhattan, and Aspen. After befriending Michelin chef Kurt Gutenbrunner at Braverman’s fete, Mark was thrilled to partner with him for the January 2015 relaunch of Upholstery Store: Food and Wine, a European-style wine bar with an eclectic tapas menu in New York City’s West Village. Mark’s Austrian heritage, fascination with the culture, and longtime interest in the world of food and wine made him jump at the opportunity to join the team at Upholstery, which serves up a menu of light seafood bites and specialty cocktails. 713 Washington St., NYC, 212-929-6384
Big T NYC Hits the Hamptons
Tell-Tale Glow, Big T NYC ($20).
Gourmet tea brand Big T NYC has hit the Hamptons. Inspired while working with runway models during New York Fashion Week, company founder Theresa Krier launched her line of teas in 2013 as a healthful, caloriefree, thirst-quenching alternative to sodas and other sugary beverages. With a boost of antioxidants, Big T NYC all-natural teas are a healthy, flavorful indulgence. Sample some refreshing blends at Montauk Beach house or Left Hand Coffee in Montauk. 55 S. Elmwood Ave., 668-2112; 83 S. Elmwood Ave., 238- 5434
The Reinvention of the Classic Pizza
While classic cheese pizza never gets old, it’s time to make room for some new Neapolitan variations. Westhampton’s Pizzetteria Brunetti amps up its made-to-order offerings with dough made with imported flour from Naples, and then bakes the pies in a 900-degree oven for 60-90 seconds. This season’s favorite has been the lobster pie with imported cherry tomatoes, roasted corn, scallions, and fresh basil. “It’s never about one thing,” says co-owner Michael Brunetti about the trifecta of a great looking, smelling, and tasting pizza. “It starts with the dough, then the perfect balance of color and flavor, enhanced with fresh local ingredients and the finest Italian products. And who doesn’t like lobster?” 103 Main St., Westhampton, 288-3003
There are worse things in life than getting liquor delivered while you’re in pajamas. Enter Minibar, the salvation. This on-demand wine, spirits, beer, and mixer delivery service brings you the best local selection on cue. Cofounders Lindsey Andrews and Lara Crystal verify, “Nothing says summer like a bottle of rosé by the pool.” They weigh in on the top three best-selling varieties to sip right now:
1. Wölffer Summer in a Bottle rosé ($27) is the most popular choice in the Hamptons and a great local choice. The gorgeous bottle also makes it a perfect hostess gift.
2. White Girl rosé ($16) is playful and a new favorite that just launched this year.
3. Whispering Angel rosé ($25) is just a wonderful classic rosé all around!