Memorial Day is nearly upon us and everyone, it seems, is looking to escape the city this summer — including restaurateur Will Guidara and Chef Daniel Humm of the Manhattan eatery Eleven Madison Park. With their restaurant in the Flatiron District temporarily closing its doors for renovations, the pair will be shifting operations east for the season — way east — where they will open EMP Summer House, a pop-up restaurant.
Located at 341 Pantigo Road (aka Route 27) between East Hampton and Amagansett, the location has, quite frankly, been less than successful for the endless stream of restaurants that have come and gone over the years (most recently it was the site of the short-lived Moby’s).
But maybe EMP Summer House will have better luck — they’re off to a good start since they’re coming to town with 3 Michelin stars, 4 Stars from the New York Times, and the #1 rating in Forbe’s magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2017.
With accolades like that reservations, naturally, are required well in advance to get a seat at EMP Summer House. It hasn’t even opened yet and it’s already the toughest table to get in town. EMP Summer House opens June 24, and the next available reservation we found was for 11:15 p.m. on June 29 for two people only, though you can be added to the waitlist if you’d like to try to slip in earlier.
And have your American Express card ready when you do. Reservations for EMP Summer House can only be made online and only with your Amex — they also require a non-refundable deposit of $25 per person.
But for those who make it through the door, a fun night out is promised. According to the EMP Summer House website, “The pop-up restaurant is more casual than what you would find at our usual home in NYC, with an a la carte menu, indoor dining room, tented area, and picnic tables and games across an expansive backyard. Reservations, which are exclusive to American Express Card Members, are available for the dining room and special experiences, and the tent and backyard are walk-in only.
Among the “special experiences” is the Fried Chicken Feast, which is for 6 to 12 people and served at picnic tables in the tented area at EMP Summer. Potato salad, coleslaw, parker house rolls, pickles, watermelon salad and a seasonal pie are included for the $75 per person cost.
Larger groups can also aim for the Lobster Boil, also held in the tented area, featuring clams, shrimp Andouille sausage, potatoes, corn, summer veggies, rolls, tomato salad and pie. That feast will set you back $125 per person.
Most of these special experiences are waitlist only for now as well.
But hungry fans, take heart. The next round of reservations for EMP Summer House will released on June 1, 2017 at noon on the dot.
EMP Summer House will be open daily except Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. (11:30 p.m. on weekends). Friday through Sunday, it will also open for lunch.
Check out their website here.
Good luck … and if it doesn’t work out, there’s always Bostwick’s Chowder House right up the road!