Countess Luann de Lesseps is an original cast member of Bravo TV’s hit series Real Housewives of New York City. Mother of two, she divides her time between New York, Sag Harbor, and Palm Beach. In addition to her work as a television personality, de Lesseps oversees her apparel and jewelry line, the Countess Collection: Styled for Living, featured on Evine.com. Her interiors and spirits collections will debut in the fall. On New Year’s Eve, de Lessups will marry businessman Thomas D’Agostino, Jr., CEO of Smart Source, but she’ll always be “the Countess” to her many fans. Here she gives us the low-down on her Hamptons favorites.
Favorite month in the Hamptons: September
Secrets for beating traffic on Route 27: I would never tell!
Best restaurants in the Hamptons: The American Hotel in Sag Harbor. Love their Smoked Salmon Plate. The Pasta with Lobster and Corn is my favorite at The Beacon in Sag Harbor. At the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, it’s the the Maine Lobster with Oregano and Lamb Chops.
Favorite Italian restaurant: Dopo La Spiaggia in Sag Harbor which used to be Tutto Il Giorno. My favorites are their Caprese Salad and the Linguini Vongole.
Best restaurant for lunch: Yama Q and Estia
Best Sunday brunch: Pierre’s in Bridgehampton
Best ice cream on the East End: Carvel
Best cocktail spots: The American Hotel, The Palm
Favorite summer cocktails: Sangria and Skinnygirl Margaritas on the rocks
Favorite roses to drink in summer: Wolffer Estate and Whispering Angel
Night-on-the-town favorites: Sunset Beach on Shelter Island, Stephen Talkhouse for live music, or the movies in East Hampton
Hotel you recommend for guests staying in the Hamptons: Barron’s Cove Inn
Favorite places to shop: Calypso, Ralph Lauren, J. Crew and TJ Max
Favorite bathing suit label: Eres
Favorite interior design stores: In Home, Sylvester & Co., English Country Antiques
Favorite food shops or farmers’ markets: Round Swamp Farm, Provisions, Cavaniola’s Gourmet Cheese Shop
Favorite beach: Gibson Beach, Navy Beach
Best gym or work-out spots: Bridgehampton Pilates, Yoga Shanti
Favorite historic Hamptons place to explore: The Whaling Museum in Sag Harbor, historic Montauk, and the legendary homes in Southampton.,
Favorite charity: ACE Partnership for the Homeless, founded by my friend, Henry Buhl
Describe the Hamptons in three words: Home, Beach, Family and Friends (sorry, that was four!)
What’s the best part of having the title of countess? Seeing how people enjoy calling me countess. And my first marriage to the count gave me two amazing children.
To follow Luann on Instagram and Twitter: @countessluann. www.luanndelesseps.com