Surprising strength from towns west of the canal in this year’s Cup: last week, Westhampton/ Westhampton Beach beat Amagansett fair and square and Hampton Bays trounced East Hampton.
Reader favorite Hampton Bays became Curbed’s Town of the Year after winning last year’s Cup. One reader nominated the town thus: "Best restaurants (Canal Café, Edgewater, Villa Paul, Cowfish, Rumba, The Inn Spot, 1 North, Sundays on the Bay, Oakland's, Orlando's Café, Hampton Maid to name a few), freshest seafood, most glorious and beautiful bays and beaches, best shopping/services, quaint, close knit town, geographically perfect and the nicest residents and visitors are all here, not to mention some upcoming, exciting real estate developments!" Good luck to this scrappy little town this year.
Westhampton/Westhampton Beach has plenty of supporters. A reader enthused, “It has the vibe of Montauk without the riff raff, a quaint main street without a bazillion Ralph Lauren stores, new refurbished supermarket (Best Market), and we’re awaiting the final product from Discovery Land Group’s development of the Dune Deck. Its proximity to Manhattan is extremely appealing. And let’s face it: tell me the difference between Rogers Beach and Coopers Beach. Also a great golf course/country club and plenty of access for tennis. It lacks a decent restaurant scene so if you don’t get enough of that in Manhattan you are only 20 minutes away from Southampton and there are also a couple of good choices in nearby Quogue. It does have the Patio and Pizzetteria Brunetti is outstanding. Best kept not so secret is Johnny Scotts Surf Shack. What a night out at the beach should be all about.”