The next time you?re stuck in traffic when headed east on 27, pull over to get your art and eats on at the new Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. The enormous space (roughly the size of Jerry Seinfeld?s manse) is open until 8 p.m. on Friday nights, so make a beeline for the permanent collection. Works by East End artists such as John Chamberlain, Ross Bleckner, Chuck Close and Elizabeth Peyton are illuminated by skylights.
After the visual feast, make your way to the café run by Art of Eating and nibble on gourmet treats, including local Mecox Bay Dairy cheeses with spiced peach chutney; popcorn with sesame salt, rice vinegar and ginger; and flatbread veggie pizza.
The real masterpiece, however, is savoring a glass of Channing Daughters rosé on the grounds overlooking neighboring Duck Walk Vineyards. Take a seat on one of the sculpted metal chairs or at a bistro table, or go for a stroll through the museum grounds while soaking in that famous East End light. If you time it right (the sun goes down around 8 p.m. these days), you should be able to catch a spectacular sunset.
Hmm, what was that talk about traffic?
279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill; 631-283-2118 or parrishart.org