One for the epicures…
In gastro circles, Scandinavian cuisine is, quite simply, where it’s at right now. But if you don’t fancy the schlep to Noma in Copenhagen to dine on musk ox and seawater, stay closer to home and sample the fare served at the Living Room. Like the hotel it sits in — the delightfully offbeat 19-room design den C/O the Maidstone — the restaurant is a Scandi-American blend pulled off with panache. Chef James Carpenter is a devotee of local, seasonal slow food — look out for his signature dish of tarte flambé with house-cured Norwegian smoked salmon, crème fraiche, and capers. The charcuterie plate, which pairs Iowan ham and duck salami from the Hudson Valley with Sweden’s piquant Praest Ost cheese, is another highlight. Sweet tooth? Look no further than pastry chef Laura Donnelly's ricotta and pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust. Oh, and if you’ve a canine in tow, they get a special doggy-tailored menu to pick from too.
Be sure to book a table at Nick & Toni’s on North Main Street. Sunny all-white dining rooms, folk art on the walls and a Tuscan menu dripping olive oil and authenticity make this the restaurant of choice for A-listers holidaying in the Hamptons. Don’t miss whole striped sea bass baked in the wood-fired oven, and follow it with the recklessly indulgent polenta pound cake with thick cannoli cream. To up the romance, dine by candlelight on elegantly prepared all-American cuisine including roast Iowa pork and pan-fried scallops at the nearby 1770 House. On winter evenings, hole up in the 1770’s Tavern bar, a historic speakeasy with low lighting, exposed brickwork, and a wicked way with meatloaf.
Care for a coffee?
For the best brew in town, as well as homemade granola and peach muffins, there are lots of options. Our favorite, the Golden Pear Café on Newton Lane, is a must-try and a mini Hamptons dynasty of its own. You’ll find delicate pastries, robust coffee, and some of the best chili north of NYC.
For more insider tips, and to book your next trip, call the travel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith on +1 800 464 2040. All photos courtesy of Mr & Mrs Smith.