’TAUK OF THE TOWN
Supermodel Sofia Resing has found her happy place in Montauk.
The weekly bustle of city life is enough to exhaust anyone by the time Friday rolls around. For international supermodel Sofia Resing, she retreats to her favorite spots in Montauk to recharge and have some fun before getting back to the grind. “The Hamptons to me is a little getaway from New York. I remember my very first time here a couple of years ago, looking around and thinking, It’s like I’m in a movie scene,” recalls Resing. “I grew up in Brazil watching lots of American movies. I was so obsessed with the cute PO boxes in front of the houses!”
While the photos in her shoots may be stills, nothing else about Resing’s time in the Hamptons is. “Surfing-wise, my favorite beach is Ditch Plains in Montauk. But if it’s during the week and I want to get out there after work, a closer option to New York is Lido Beach. I’ve been there one time, two hours before sunset in September, and those were the best waves I ever got in Long Island.”
After a long day on the water, though, the most important thing is finding the right meal. According to Resing, “My undisputed favorite is Dopo La Spiaggia in Sag Harbor—this is the best Italian restaurant I ever ate [at] in New York. Just everything on the menu feels like straight out of a farm in Tuscany. I also recently tried their spicy cucumber margarita, and it’s my new favorite!”
“THE HAMPTONS TO ME IS A LITTLE GETAWAY. I REMEMBER MY FIRST TIME HERE, THINKING, IT’S LIKE I’M IN A MOVIE SCENE.”
— sofia resing
Finding that perfect spot to eat out in the Hamptons requires more than just a menu and a seat at the table. Scott Feldman, longtime contributor to Hamptons and president of Two Twelve Management & Marketing, knows the key to success for chefs to build their restaurant into the must-visit, buzzy destinations that Hamptonites can’t get enough of.
“Fourteen years ago when we started, the goal was to make sure we made an impact with every client and ‘managed’ their brands and careers rather than just transacting in it,” says Feldman. “While a majority of our clients are 20-plus years of friendship, every client, even the newest, are considered family! Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Marc Murphy are now household names and people we consider close friends.”
The feeling is mutual. “I’ve been with Scott Feldman for 13-ish years,” explains celebrity chef and Food Network star Anne Burrell. “He tells you the truth whether you want it or not. We laugh, we cry, we have fun, and we do a lot of great work. We’re family.”
Given his core philosophy of catering to each client individually, Feldman’s high-octane client roster carries quite a clout relative to its size. According to Feldman, “Chefs are the new rock stars! When we started, the big agencies were working with chefs [but] weren’t digging deeper to set a stage for long-term brand development.”