Just outside the village limits of East Hampton along a secluded intersection of Montauk Highway, a 1920's waterfront mansion is the latest it-restaurant of the summer season. Visitors in Range Rovers and vintage BMW's arrive along a gravel motor court with velvet rope entrance guarding a single door entryway. Inside, an elaborate spiral staircase frames a desk of picture-perfect hostesses escorting a knobby clientele between the bar and lounge (operated by The Eldridge's Matt Levine) into the main dining room and terrace overlooking Georgica pond. The dining room is lined in wall-mounted banquettes upholstered in dark-tufted vinyl offering a glitzy backdrop to nightlife events that never look quite as good in full sunlight.
Dinner at Georgica is best enjoyed during late summer evenings, no earlier that 9pm, as a fanciful Hampton contingent arrives in designer linen and $1000 stilettos. Dinner begins with two oversize menus, created by Top Chefs Robert Hesse and Seth Levine, and basket of predictable breads and rock-solid butter. Appetizers include creamy corn chowder with lobster pieces, signature salad topped with candied nuts and blue cheese and carpaccio platter drizzled in truffle oil. Middle pasta course is entree size portions of sausage bolognaise or not so light mushroom fettuccine in soupy cream sauce. Main course is a lime-up of pork chop, grilled fillet or seafood bouillabaisse that leave little room for a lengthy dessert menu of molten chocolate cake or fruit tarte.
Waterfront eatery and nightlife lounge offers glitzy dining destination during Hampton summer season. Don't miss the new Friday night party from Harbor Club, every week from 10pm-4am.