East Hampton , New York
Tel: 631 324 5440
Concierge.com's insider take:
Attached to the Maidstone hotel, the Living Room takes the typical Hamptons experience (white linens, grilled meats and fish) and injects it with Swedish flavor—a blend of familiar and exotic that pleases some of the East End's most finicky summer folk. Brace yourself for some vibrant upholstery (a riot of Svenskt Tenn floral prints) and an appetizer list that includes gravlax, pickled herring, and a super-canapé called Toast Pelle Jansson: neat stacks of silky beef carpaccio garnished with caviar, chives, and crème fraîche. Chef James Carpenter, formerly of the American Hotel and the late Della Femina, sources much of his meat and dairy products from local providers. And his lamb meatballs with ricotta dumplings in fragrant tomato broth are hard to beat. For the budget-conscious, the restaurant serves up complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine discounts every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 pm.—Darrell Hartman
Open Mondays through Thursdays 8 to 10:30 am, 12 to 3 pm, and 5:30 to 10 pm; Fridays 8 to 10:30 am, 12 to 3 pm, and 5:30 to 11 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays 8 to 10:30 am, 11 am to 3 pm, and 5:30 to 10 pm.