The fall social scene heats up with events and restaurants in New York and the Hamptons

With the Columbus Day weekend behind us, the full magnitude of the fall social season really begins. It’s a scene that includes events in the Hamptons and New York. So, in the spirit of explorers, grab your social compass and embark on some of the latest discoveries and classic experiences of the season, while watching the leaves turn and enjoying your coffee infused with pumpkin and other fall flavors.

For the first time, the 30e The annual Hamptons International Film Festival has extended its duration to a 10-day festival from a weekend event and has a strong schedule of films, documentaries, shorts and world cinema through the 16 octobere. American and North American premieres include bang bang, Dedication and Ukrainian documentary freedom on fire (

To make the most of the festival and the change of season in the Hamptons, why not make it a weekend and stay at the Southampton Inn located in the heart of the eponymous village ( With a new seasonal menu at Claude’s restaurant, the property is an ideal base for an out-of-town stay.

Another option is Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, steps from the iconic marina and with 67 rooms ( It’s a lovely property with a tennis court, great service and a tasty restaurant too.

The culinary scene in the Hamptons is always strong in the fall. From sophisticated dining experiences such as Union Sushi and Steak in Southampton ( and Italian favorite Argento ( to healthy Mediterranean cuisine at El Turco Grill in East Hampton ( , there is a delicious meal for everyone.

Kids especially love the Union Burger Bar with its specialty burgers such as black angus topped with mac and cheese and its range of shakes ( New this summer, Canoe Place in Hampton Bays next to the Shinnecock Canal has that boutique hotel feel and solid dining – farm-to-table salads are a must – at the Good Ground Tavern ( ).

A visit to the North Fork also offers exceptional hospitality – Demarchelier Bistro in Greenport offers classic French dishes and a dose of The joy of living ( while Isola on Shelter Island presents the creations of chef Andrew Molen, a protege of Jean Georges and Todd English. Molen brings a modern twist to Italian coastal cuisine and works with local ingredients from land and sea for its plates (

Autumn in the city sees an abundance of events from the 40e Anniversary of the French Heritage Society in Versailles on October 15e.

Other gems include Fall Market Week — currently happening — at the Decoration and Design (D&D) building in Manhattan. It is an event that presents the latest trends of the house. Leaders in the field of interior design, architecture and photography, among others, will be honored at the Stars of Design Awards which are part of the week. (

The 2022 Global Lyme Alliance Gala will take place on October 13e at Cipriani 42n/a Street. It’s an event that highlights the impact of Lyme disease and the charity’s supported efforts that identify treatments to make a difference. Rosanna Scotto Have a good day New York will be the MC. (

In November, the 7th Annual New York White Cross Ball in aid of the works of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in the service of the sick and the poor will take place on November 4e.

On the same day, Operational Warrior Shield, a non-profit organization that supports veterans and first responders, is hosting its Healing for Heroes gala in honor of Patricia Deshong, Executive Director of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) (

Major cancer charities also hold their galas in New York in November. The Mike Milken-led Prostate Cancer Foundation is hosting its private dinner with a celebrity performance on November 15e ( Additionally, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is celebrating its silver anniversary of the Collaborating for a Cure gala to raise funds for cancer research with this year’s honorees, Michael Nierenberg and Dr. Samuel Waxman, the November 17.e (

When you think of fall dining in town, the word “cosy” often comes to mind, while a visit to Cacao Bar at Mariebelle Chocolate ( in Soho brings the setting to life. The Cacao Bar serves afternoon tea and an Aztec hot chocolate with Mexican spices that is on Oprah’s “favorite things” list.

And a crossover from the Hamptons to Manhattan, especially the Upper East Side: Old Stove Pub, a Sagaponack staple, serves up comfort food like a pub burger, giant crab cake and old-fashioned hot fudge sundae . (

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