In the summer, New Yorkers ditch their cramped apartments for expansive out-of-town digs, which they then cram with dozens of people who are also amazed at having a dining table, and a coffee table. Doing the same, the guys behind Georgica
With an evening program overseen by the owners of luxe shoebox The Eldridge, The Georgica's a maritime-themed, 196-seat, modern-American resto set in an angular Tudorbethan mansion, inside which blue & white walls are set against a chest-high fireplace and lounge-ish black couches, with additional dining in an enclosed patio overlooking Georgica Pond -- on whose banks Clinton once maintained a summer White House nicknamed "The Real White Party". The exec chefs (both former Hell's Kitchen contestants) are trotting out dishes like seared diver scallops w/ sweet country corn pudding, Colorado rack of lamb w/ white truffle honey, truffle lobster mac and cheese, and white truffle manchego ravioli (don't expect to see Shatner -- not after his Trouble With Truffles). Easing the food down your throat's a selection of local wines and signature cocktails made with produce from surrounding farms, like the gin/chamomile tea-syrup/rhubarb puree Rhubarb Collins, and the muddled melon, Reposado Tequila Cantaloupe Palooza -- a drink originally envisioned by Berry Farrell.
After 11pm, dining tables are replaced with cocktail tables, and a lounge scene forms around the elevated, couch-strewn waiting area in the room's center, with imported NYC DJs spinning tunes from hip hop to house, a welcome break from "apartment music" -- necessarily quiet due to the cranky Ukrainian neighbor you share two walls with.