The family-style lobster bake at the Hamptons hot spot the Garden at Water Mill.
Photo: Nitzan Rubin

This Hamptons Hot Spot Is Hosting a Pop-Up Series with Top Chefs

The Garden at Water Mill will host some of the country’s most renowned chefs for a series of delectable tasting menus

With a who’s who of New York’s cultured set summering in the Hamptons, the culinary scene has responded with a plethora of upscale dining options from Southampton to Montauk. New to the mix this summer is The Garden at Water Mill, a beautiful bistro designed for group entertaining.

The exterior of the new Hamptons restaurant the Garden at Water Mill. Photo: Nitzan Rubin

While its beautiful backyard garden and family-style lobster bakes make it a perfect spot on any summer night, a new pop-up series turns it into a must on the culinary circuit. “We are very excited about our upcoming chef pop-up series that kicks off in July,” says co-owner Siobhan Miller, “where we’ll be bringing three world-renowned chefs to the Hamptons.”

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Kicking off the series is the team behind the James Beard Award–winning restaurant Uchi, from Austin, Texas. Chef and Uchi partner Tyson Cole, one of the few American sushi masters, helms the Garden kitchen every Thursday through Sunday in July. “The cuisine I create is playfully multicultural,” says Cole, “mixing the Japanese tradition with tastes that inspire me.”

For the first half of August, chef Mitsuharu “Micha” Tsumura—who is ranked number seven on the World’s Best list—brings his blend of Japanese and Peruvian flavors to the Garden for a 15-day pop-up. Each of the chef’s programs comes with an additional wine pairing menu.

At the Garden at Water Mill, specialty cocktails are served with a playful twist. Photo: Nitzan Rubin

Outside of the special programs, the 60-seat Garden at Water Mill is designed to host groups with tasting menus, garden seating, tree swings, and lawn games. Bring your favorite friends and tuck into refreshing summer dishes such as salmon with pear, truffle oil, and sea salt; day-boat scallops with pickled wasabi stems; and octopus with yuzu kosho and crispy chickpeas, or order the family-style lobster bake that serves 12.

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Dessert ranges from pastries to seasonal fruit dishes. Whether you want to mingle on the lawn or cozy up in one of the secluded nooks, this East End newcomer offers an invigorating twist to the Hamptons dining scene.

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