LAST NIGHT, I MET A FRIEND at The Living Room, a new-this-year bar/lounge attached to the hotel known as c/o The Maidstone (and don’t you forget the c/o, whatever that’s about).
The big white house, on Main Street across from East Hampton’s picturesque pond and ancient cemetery, was a stuffier place before it was bought by Jenny Ljungberg, a Swedish-born hotelier determined to freshen things up.
Now the bar and lobby have dark teal walls, furniture upholstered in Josef Frank‘s cheerful textiles, rag rugs scattered on pale wood floors, and candles burning even in daylight.
I started off with a Stockholmipolitan ($14 – ouch), a cosmo made with fresh lingonberries. Then, sitting at the bar, we shared three appetizers — mushroom ravioli in black truffle broth, an autumn salad, and Swedish pancakes with caviar and creme fraiche — with apple-cranberry crumble for dessert. All scrumptious.
The Living Room serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea. Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30 is happy hour, with $5 Stockholmipolitans and complementary smorgasbord.
Best of all, it’s open all winter. Oh, joy. Look for me there.