Live Like a Local – Suburban Jungle’s Guide to the Hamptons

Moving from the city to the suburbs?

Whether you’re in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, or New York, Suburban Jungle Realty and their hands-on advisors can give you the inside tips to find the right dream town for you.

Below, Suburban Jungle founder Alison Bernstein shares some spectacular suggestions about the Hamptons, a spectacular stretch of Long Island affectionately known as New York City’s “sixth borough.”


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1. Towns/Neighborhoods/Districts

I LOVE them ALL!!! Each one is so special.

– Sag Harbor is special as it is such a walkable village with restaurants and a great vibe as you head out to dinner. Big Olaf is THE BEST place for ice cream… lines out the door so we go BEFORE dinner. (That’s right… quality parenting.)

– Amagansett is so adorable… laid back and GREAT. Flip-flops only pleeze.  Fantastic under-the-radar shopping.

– East and South both equally good for shopping and walking around, especially on a non-beach day!!! Scoop du jour is one of our faves for ice cream.

– Bridgehampton is cute… Pierre’s is one of our go-tos… great to grab a coffee, go to hot yoga. Bobby Van’s perfect to grab lunch outside… some sensational shops as well! Candy Kitchen is ideal for an unhealthy breakfast — you won’t find any green juice or turkey bacon there!

– Water Mill is the underdog…not a real destination but one of my faves because it has all you need — Hampton Coffee Company is at the top of my list for breakfast, lunch, and brunch! They have soul cycle, Pilates, yoga, GREAT sushi….a deli that can make platters for your guests, a dry cleaner, a post office, and a beautiful town lawn … what more could you need from a town?


2. Hotels

Find a friend with a house, as that is the best way to do this. However, if you MUST, I love Topping Rose as it is located in Bridgehampton….you can walk to town, ride bikes to the beach down Ocean Road, and Jean Georges is the restaurant in the lobby. Bridgehampton is also less touristy than the other towns, and you can walk to Pierre’s for a great breakfast or dinner and Bobby Vans . Also Gurney’s [in Montauk] is quite fun with their beach parties!


3. Bars/Nightclubs

Might be too old for this question! The Stephen Talkhouse is our fave….


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Southampton, Main Street Intersection


4. Restaurants

The Eleven Madison Park pop-up was superb this summer. However, some additional favorites include: Tutto Il Giorno, Wolffer Kitchen, Lulu, East Hampton Grill, the Palm, and our usual Saturday night spot, Pierre’s: really great music and awesome food.  For lunch we love to take our boat to Salt on Shelter Island, it’s definitely our top lunch spot. Taking the boat to Sunset Beach is also great, and of course there is Montauk Crow’s Nest, Navy Beach, [and] Duryea’s.


5. Shops

Tenet I love…Kyle and Alene, too.


6. Beaches

Our favorite beach is Scott Cameron. Our home is on Mecox Bay and our favorite thing to do is take the little boat to the beach where the ocean meets Mecox Bay — one of my favorite spots. Sagg Main beach is also one of my go-tos. And of course, Gibson Beach where I walk my dog in the mornings!!!!


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Montauk Point Lighthouse, Montauk, “The End”


About Alison Bernstein, Suburban Jungle Realty:

“Alison Bernstein is the founder of the the Suburban Jungle Realty, a real estate firm exclusively focused on buyers leaving the city for the suburbs. Recognizing how different neighboring towns can be from one another and how little families learn about a community during the home search, Alison launched Suburban Jungle, helping buyers navigate suburbia, and understand the ins and outs of towns before making their decision. She had personally experienced these challenges while undertaking her own suburban search, and strived to bring that unique expertise to Suburban Jungle families. Prior to this launch, Alison worked in the industry for more than 15 years, including senior-level roles in sales, leasing, investment banking and corporate strategic work spanning three of the nation’s leading real estate organizations. She has revolutionized the real estate industry by creating this new advisory pre-search component to the home buying process. When she’s not helping families in their suburban explorations, Alison enjoys traveling, skiing and tennis as well as spending time at home with her husband and four young children… and huge dog.”



* Lead-In Image (Woman, East Hampton, Main Beach, 2010) –  James Kirkikis /

* Alison Bernstein Portrait – Courtesy of Alison Bernstein

* Southampton Photo (Stock Image, 2013) –  littleny /

* Montauk Lighthouse –  Felix Lipov /



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