To Do This Weekend: Head Out to the Hamptons

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It’s Memorial Day weekend. Why not take a ride to the Hamptons? (Photo: Getty Images)

SATURDAY May 23

Well, it’s summer again, and it’s Memorial Day weekend, so I guess you’re going to be spending a lot of your life on a bus to the Hamptons. You can call it the Jitney all you want, but it is a bus (admittedly, one that serves little cookies). Look, to be fair, maybe you take a car out there, or maybe you take Blade helicopters, but however you cut it, the great weekend commute has begun. So after a few hours in your vehicle of choice you might as well do something fun when you get there. The Miracle House is hosting its Annual Summer Kick-Off Cocktail Reception. Proceeds go toward the LGBT Network Center in Sag Harbor, which benefits LGBT youth, adults, older adults and LGBT-headed families of the East End. You can expect light fare and a silent auction in a truly stellar setting where you can get up, stretch your legs and dance. You will really appreciate it after that day traveling (and The Miracle House will, too). Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf, 231 Midocean Drive, 6-8:30 p.m., $250

SUNDAY May 24

The iconic NYC restaurant Scarpetta won’t be opening its restaurant in Montauk until later this summer, but it’s celebrating its seventh anniversary today with a prix fixe menu. For around $49, guests will get signature dishes like creamy polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms; spaghetti with tomato and basil; and black cod with roasted fennel and concentrated tomatoes. There’s even a duck and foie gras ravioli, which is great if you really, really hate waterfowl. Like, really hate it, in a way that is a deeply felt passion. There will also be a collection of Italian desserts so expect some budino, gelato and cannoli (and insert the obligatory reference to taking the gun, and leaving room for cannoli). The menu is all paired with a complimentary wine selection. And, look, since it’s Memorial Day weekend, you know you’re going to be eating BBQ all day tomorrow, so think of this as a nice way to warm up to that. You can’t live on pulled pork and PBR alone (is that how BBQs work? I feel safe in saying that there’s probably not going to be any foie gras at any of them at least). Scarpetta, 355 West 14th Street, 5:30-10 p.m., $49

To Do This Weekend: Head Out to the Hamptons