The notorious antics of Brasserie Beaumarchais in Meatpacking District have become lore for the social set out in the Hamptons this summer with the emergence of their sister restaurant and lounge, Beaumarchais East. Yes, it’s just a restaurant to the untrained eye, but for those who are in the know, it is East Hamptons’ newest playground.
Occupying the former space of Philippe restaurant and directly adjacent to SL East (another hotspot outpost from the city), this chic brasserie got a fancy new makeover to give the digs the look and feel of your favorite French Riviera hotspot. Known for its debaucherous “Beau Brunch” in Manhattan, this welcome respite along the Three Mile Harbor section of the Hamptons is living up to the same expectations with a rotation of live international DJs to provide a soundtrack for the craziness.
Providing a simpler and lighter version of the city menu, staple items like omelets and pancakes dotted the brunch menu when we visited last weekend. So many mouth-watering choices, but ultimately we chose the Beau Burger and Eggs Benedict, after deliberating over Short Ribs and Salad Nicoise and also asking our server for his recommendation. Of course, we kicked off the meal with a round of their specialty mimosas brimming with fresh blueberries and sampled both the Tuna Tartare and Gazpacho for starters.
The tuna appetizer was incredibly fresh and combines perfectly with the fried plantain chips and guacamole layer it comes served atop. Absolutely perfect for a hot summer day! The gazpacho was also very light and flavorful, but couldn’t hold a candle to the tuna dish– even the group of partiers next to us had to order the tartare after seeing us wolf it down with fervor.
Working our way up to a refreshing cucumber mint cocktail for the next round, we noticed the music got a little faster and a wee bit louder as the main course arrived at our table. The perfectly prepared burger was dressed with their signature blended ketchup and aioli sauce and was complimented by frites that would make McDonald’s jealous. The eggs benedict were also light and fluffy, with savory seasoning and roasted potatoes.
We aren’t sure which was better, the food or the scene that was unfolding before our eyes. Bottle service, champagne sparklers and tabletop dancing are de rigeur at this hotspot. Catering to celebrity diners at every turn, they draw in the beautiful crowd for more than just a meal. Arrive early, stay late and dress fashionably. This isn’t your ordinary brunch!
Beaumarchais East is open for dinner service Wednesday-Sunday starting at 6pm as well as late night on Friday & Saturday and Brunch on Saturday & Sunday.
44 Three Mile Harbor Road
East Hampton, NY