Carissa Waechter at the original East Hampton bakery. (Credit: Carissa’s the Bakery)
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Follow Carissa’s the Bakery on Instagram and you’ll likely find yourself making excuses to head to East Hampton each time a photo of the bakery’s dreamy pies, cakes and croissants pops up in your feed. Yes, that flourless chocolate cake topped with flower petals is as good as it looks.
Owners, baker Carissa Waechter and business partner Lori Chemla, have amassed quite a following since opening on Newton Lane almost two years ago. They’ve grown so much the duo is opening a second, larger location elsewhere in town this summer.
Popular Manhattan seafood restaurant Ed’s Lobster Bar is opening a second location in Sag Harbor. The Long Island outpost, dubbed Ed’s Lobster Bar East, is slated to open Memorial Day weekend, specializing in lobster rolls, fishplates and raw bar bites.
If a Tuscan vineyard vacation isn’t in the cards this spring, a visit to Del Vino Vineyards in Northport is the next best thing.
A two-story, 3,000-square-foot tasting room with intricate stonework reminiscent of an Italian villa helps transport patrons to the old world wine region, which inspired Del Vino’s ambience and winemaking process. Owners Fred and Lisa Giachetti drew upon their Italian heritage for the winery long before the first rows of vines were planted.
The newly opened Union Burger Bar in Southampton has no pretenses when it comes to guilty pleasures. Owner Ian Duke and executive chef Scott Kampf conceptualized the restaurant with one question in mind: “Where can we go to get a great burger?”
Venture off the beaten path, past quiet woodlands on a back road in Ridge and you’ll discover a garden oasis straight out of a storybook. As the garden center’s name suggests, Hidden Ridge Plants is a secret garden that has virtually flown under the radar for more than 20 years.
“Even people who have lived around here for their whole lives are surprised to find it some times,” said owner and grower Bill Erdmann. “I like being tucked away…It is not like buying a plant out of a parking lot at Lowes.”