Ah, the Hamptons. Such glamor, such style, such a pain in the neck to get there. Don’t you wish you could have the same experience without actually leaving the city? The jacketed gents of the 21 Club totally feel you, and they’re making it easy to embrace those East End vibes without leaving West 52nd Street. Beginning July 29, the former speakeasy will host Hamptons Mondays, a new wine tasting series that brings the best wines of Long Island to your cozy little table at its Bar 21.
Over the course of three Monday evenings, wines from noted vintners Bedell Cellars, Onabay Vineyards, and Pellegrini Vineyards will be paired with tasty bites from executive chef John Greeley, including lobster tacos, tuna tartare cones, barbecued shrimp, duck confit, and pepper-crusted ahi tuna. Hamptons-ey enough for you? If you’re totally blown away by these wines, reps from the various vineyards will be on hand to tell you all about them, and probably invite you out to see their grapevines and barrels and whatnot.
Worried about that infamous 21 Club dress code? Don’t be. Given the breezy nature of these events, they’ve relaxed the rules so you can stroll on in
barefoot and shirtless wearing a "summer chic" outfit that that’s both comfy and fashionable. Probably more of the latter, actually.
A seat at Hamptons Mondays is cheaper that I expected. A mere 45 clams per person gets you wine, food, tax, and gratuity. Unless they’re super stingy on the pours and bites, that’s a pretty low price to get you into what’s long been one of the most exclusive haunts in the city. For reservations, call 212-582-7200.
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