Red-hot Sag Harbor is the winner of several past Cups; with its red-hot real estate market and thriving downtown, is 2016 its year again? The eatery in the former Harlow/B. Smith’s spot was briefly Decker’s this summer, and then was shuttered, and the rumor remains that it will one day be Le Bilboquet. Tutto il Giorno became Dopo la Spiaggia. A new park is planned for the downtown harbor area, to be called after John Steinbeck. Joy Behar purchased a new home near Bay Street Theater and Candace Bushnell also bought in the village. It’s been quite a year.
Water Mill has had a lot of attention recently. Bistro Ete was a summer popup in the former Robert’s space (and is close to finding a permanent home). Manna opened in the former Mirko's spot after Via del Mare closed after one week. The Greenwich opened in the former Red Stixs spot, then closed at the end of the summer. Permanently on the market giant overpriced estates Island in the Sky and Villa Maria failed to sell once again. And finally, our long national nightmare was over: Matt Lauer finally won the right to plant shrubs on his Water Mill horse farm.