The Fall Social Scene Heats Up With Events And Restaurants in New York And The Hamptons

With Columbus Day weekend behind us, the full breadth of the Fall social season really begins. It’s a scene that includes happenings in the Hamptons and New York. So, in the spirit of the explorers, take your social compass and set sail for some of the newest discoveries and classic experiences of the season— while watching the leaves turn and enjoying your coffee infused with pumpkin and other flavors of Fall.

For the first time, the 30th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival has extended its run to a 10-day festival from a weekend event and has a robust schedule of movies, documentaries, short features and world cinema through October 16th. US and North American premieres include Bang Bang, Devotion and the Ukraine documentary Freedom on Fire (www.hamptonsfilmfest.org).

To make the most of the festival and the changing season in the Hamptons, why not make a weekend of it and stay at the Southampton Inn located at the heart of the namesake village (www.southamptoninn.com)? With a new, seasonal menu at Claude’s restaurant, the property is a great base for a get-out-of-town sojourn.

Another option is Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, footsteps away from the iconic marina and with 67 guestrooms (www.caperesorts.com). It’s a charming property with a tennis court, excellent service and a tasty restaurant too.

The dining scene in the Hamptons is still in full force in the Fall. From sophisticated culinary experiences such as Union Sushi and Steak in Southampton (www.dineatunion.com) and Italian favorite Argento (www.argentosouth.com) to healthy Mediterranean cuisine at El Turco Grill in East Hampton (www.elturcoturkishfood.com), there’s a delicious meal to suit everyone’s taste.

Children especially love Union Burger Bar with its specialty burgers such as the black angus topped with mac n’ cheese and lineup of shakes (www.unionburgerbar.com). New this summer, Canoe Place in Hampton Bays next to the Shinnecock Canal has that boutique hotel feel and solid dining— the farm-to-table salads are a must- at the Good Ground Tavern (www.canoeplace.com).

A visit to the North Fork also has some outstanding hospitality venues – Demarchelier Bistro in Greenport delivers on classic French fare and a dose of La joie de vivre (www.demarchelierbistro.com) while Isola on Shelter Island features the creations of Chef Andrew Molen, a protégé of Jean Georges and Todd English. Molen puts a modern twist on Italian coastal cuisine and works with local ingredients from the land and sea for his plates (www.isolany.com).

Fall in the city sees an abundance of events starting with the 40th Anniversary of the French Heritage Society in Versailles on October 15th.

Other gems include the Fall Market Week- happening now- at the Decoration and Design (D&D) building in Manhattan. It’s an event that showcases the latest home trends. Luminaries in the field of interior design, architecture and photography, among others, will be honored at the Stars of Design Awards that are part of the week.(www.ddbuilding.com).

The Global Lyme Alliance Gala 2022 will be happening on October 13th at Cipriani 42nd Street. It’s an event that highlights the impact of Lyme disease and the efforts supported by the charity that identify treatments to make a difference. Rosanna Scotto of Good Day New York will be the MC. (www.globallymealliance.org).

Heading into November, The 7th Annual White Cross Ball of New York benefiting the Sovereign Military Order of Malta’s works in service to the sick and the poor is on November 4th.

On the same day, Operational Warrior Shield, a non-profit that supports veterans and first responders, is hosting its Healing for Heroes gala honoring Patricia Deshong, Executive Director of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) (www.operationwarriorshield.com).

Leading cancer charities also host their New York galas in November. The Prostate Cancer Foundation headed by Mike Milken is having its private dinner with a celebrity performance on November 15th (www.pcf.org). Also, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation celebrates its Silver Anniversary of the Collaborating for a Cure Gala to raise funds for cancer research with this year’s honorees, Michael Nierenberg and Dr. Samuel Waxman, on November 17th (www.waxmancancer.org).

When you think of Fall dining in the city, the word, ‘cozy’ often comes to mind while a visit to the Cacao Bar at Mariebelle Chocolate (www.mariebelle.com) in Soho brings the setting to life. The Cacao Bar serves afternoon tea and a Mexican spiced Aztec Hot Chocolate that made Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list.

And a crossover from the Hamptons to Manhattan- specifically the Upper East Side: Old Stove Pub, a Sagaponack dining staple, serves up comfort food favorites such as a pub burger, jumbo lump crab cake and old fashioned hot fudge sundae. (www.oldstovepub.com).

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