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24-Hours in Montauk


The easternmost end is changing rapidly. Here's your chefs' guide to 24-hours of eating and drinking at both the newer hot spots and the old school classics. 

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24-Hours in Montauk


The easternmost end is changing rapidly. Here's your chefs' guide to 24-hours of eating and drinking at both the newer hot spots and the old school classics. 


Over the last five years Montauk has evolved from fisherman and surfers to a hyper-popular beach destination for the New York City summer crowd. As the evolution has occurred, a shift from the original old school spots has taken place with an influx of more modern restaurants, bars, and shops. Our 24-hour guide covers both worlds.

Ditch Plains | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Ditch Plains | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Why The Pros Love Montauk

"It’s a fancy, chill town with a really cool vibe. The beach is just one block away from where I work, so I can take a break, go swimming, and come back to work."
FED Pro  >  Chef Oscar Hernandez (La Brisa)

"It is an incredibly beautiful place where you can kick back and spend a lot of time doing quiet activities, like read books and take walks. And you are always within five minutes of a beach. Montauk has been modernizing over the last few years, but it still seems locked in time."
FED Pro  >  Chef Eli Sussman (formerly of Ruschmeyer's)

"Montauk is a beautiful place to be. For a chef, you are literally getting the stuff pulled right out of the water and brought to the restaurant for you."
FED Pro  >  Chef Max Sussman (formerly of Ruschmeyer's)

"It is a beautiful seaside town. Sometimes it is hard to believe that you are only three hours outside of New York. The best part about Montauk is that you have the best of both worlds, you can come out and party like a rock star or you can just disappear."
FED Pro  >  Chef Chris Rendell (The Surf Lodge)


MORNING | Breakfast

Breakfast at Goldberg's Bagels | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Breakfast at Goldberg's Bagels | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Bagels | Goldberg's Bagels 

"They are a local institution on the east end of Long Island. Grab a coffee and an early morning bagel."
FED Pro  >  Chef Chris Rendell (The Surf Lodge)

28 S Etna Avenue, Montauk, NY 11954 | T: 631.238.5977
2101 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11930 | 631.267.5552
100 Pantigo Place, East Hampton, NY 11937 | T: 631.329.8300
www.goldbergsbagels.org

Healthy | Joni's Kitchen

"For breakfast, I would definitely hit up Joni’s. Healthy, fresh, clean. Really good after a big night out or if you want to get up and go for a surf or hit the beach. It is a great way to start the day with lots of healthy options."
FED Pro  >  Chef Chris Rendell (The Surf Lodge)

"After a long night, nothing beats a breakfast burrito at Joni’s. Eat at one of the picnic tables outside or walk a block to the beach. Joni's also has an excellent smoothie list with extensive additions like goji and maca."
FED Pro  >  Kylie Monagan (Calissa)

9 S Edison Street, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.3663
www.jonismontauk.com

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Healthy | Naturally Good Foods & Cafe 

"This is a place where I can get something nice and light to eat that will get me through the day. I pick up a smoothie in the morning and sometimes I get their great wrap with brussels sprouts and tuna. Everything is super fresh and delicious. The people who work here are amazing; they are so happy and smiling."
FED Pro  >  Chef Oscar Hernandez (La Brisa)

"They serve everything organic. There are juices, smoothies, organic local eggs and great healthy dishes. It's a very local vibe and they are open year round, which attracts the locals for sure."
FED Pro  >  Chef John Yashinowsky (Crow's Nest)

779 Main Street, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.9030
www.naturallygoodfoodsandcafe.com


MORNING + LUNCH | On the Beach

Ditch Witch at Ditch Plains | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Ditch Witch at Ditch Plains | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Coffee, Snacks, Lunch | Ditch Witch 

"This is one of my favorite little snack spots. This coffee wagon is an icon at Ditch Plains beach, the popular surfing spot. When I go surfing in the morning, I get a cup of coffee. You can also have lunch here; they make quesadillas and tacos right in the wagon on the sand. It’s very popular so there can be a 40 minute line all day long in the summer."
FED Pro  >  Chef John Yashinowsky (Crow's Nest)

40 Deforest Road, Montauk, NY 11954


FOOD SHOPPING

Seafood at Gosman's Market | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Seafood at Gosman's Market | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Seafood, Meat, Vegetables | Gosman's Market 

"All the fish that we buy from Gosman's is amazing, fresh seafood. They have the best products."
FED Pro  >  Chef Oscar Hernandez (La Brisa)

"This shop is great for wandering around and checking out the local bounty. Not only do they have a wonderful fish selection, but they also have great meat and a lot of vegetables, beautiful olive oils, vinegars, arborio rice, and things like that. If you really want to have a nice dinner at home, shop here."
FED Pro  >  Chef Chris Rendell (The Surf Lodge)

"You can walk through just to see the local seafood since they save the best for their own showcase and they also prepare lobsters that can buy cooked or cook them yourself. They also sell organic meats, vegetables right from the farm, and there's always local corn. It’s great one stop shopping."
FED Pro  >  Chef John Yashinowsky (Crow's Nest)

484 W Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.5645 | www.gosmans.com/fishmarket.html



Montauk Farmers Market

"Balsam Farms is one sell a tremendous variety of produce. I love their corn, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, Swiss chard, beets, leeks, carrots - the list is endless. You can basically create a whole meal just by cooking everything there."
FED Pro  >  Chef Joe Realmuto (Nick & Toni's)

Thursdays Jun - Oct
On the green across from the Chamber Building, 742 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954


LOBSTER ROLLS

Lobster Roll at Duryea's Lobster Deck | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Lobster Roll at Duryea's Lobster Deck | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Duryea's Lobster Deck 

"Sit here and watch the sun go down and enjoy a lobster bisque and a steamed whole lobster. You'll feel like you have been away for six months."
FED Pro  >  Chef Chris Rendell (The Surf Lodge)

"Come here on a nice sunny day and you'll never want to leave. Order clam chowder and a lobster roll, the most classic Montauk food at the most classic Montauk place."
FED Pro  >  Chef Gray Gardell-Gross (668 Gig Shack)

65 Tuthill Road, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.2410 | www.duryealobsters.com

The Red Hook Lobster Pound 

"I head here for lobster rolls. It is a great place. You can sit outside and enjoy your lobster roll with  chips and fresh lemonade. It's great for lunch."
FED Pro  >  Chef Oscar Hernandez (La Brisa)

34 S Etna Avenue, Montauk, NY 11954|
T: 631.668.5683 | www.redhooklobster.com/montauk-location


LUNCH | Tacos

Crispy Shrimp and Crispy Tile Fish Tacos at La Brisa | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Crispy Shrimp and Crispy Tile Fish Tacos at La Brisa | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

La Brisa de Tacombi 

Traditional Mexican tacos (meaning the small corn tortilla sized ones) using local fresh seafood from the Montauk docks. The corn tortillas are made on  the premises each morning for tacos and chips. Chef Oscar Hernandez recommends ordering the crispy local tile fish tacos with jalapeño mayo and spicy pickled cabbage, as well as their freshly-made juices.

"Part of the Tacombi restaurant group, La Brisa brings a bright, coastal Mexican vibe to a busy corner in Montauk’s main square. Enjoy a post-dinner Paloma with fresh citrus and sit at one of their outside tables."
FED Pro  >  Kylie Monagan (Calissa)

752 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631,668.8338

tacombi.com/locations/Montauk


AFTERNOON | Ice Cream

Ice Cream Sundae at John's Drive-In | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Ice Cream Sundae at John's Drive-In | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

John's Drive-In 

"I am a big diner guy and this is an old school place which has a 1950s burger joint kind of vibe. We get our ice cream for the restaurant from them and are using it for dessert in an ice cream float."
FED Pro  >  Chef Eli Sussman (formerly of Ruschmeyer's)

695 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.5515


Montauk Brewing Company | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink

Montauk Brewing Company | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink

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BEER TASTING

Montauk Brewing Company 

"I love their beers. It's local young guys who started it. It has been a huge success and we serve their beer at the Crow’s Nest. Their beers are all over New England. It is nice and fresh and served only in the can. Bring a case of Montauk ale home."
FED Pro  >  Chef John Yashinowsky (Crow's Nest)

"After breakfast, grab a beer flight and nab one of the coveted tables on the outside patio. The bar gets busy shortly after opening, so make sure to arrive early. The seafood joint next door will let beer drinkers use their tables -- just put in a couple orders of calamari and lobster salad.."
FED Pro  >  Kylie Monagan (Calissa)

62 South Erie Avenue, Montauk, NY
T: 631.668.8471
montaukbrewingco.com


POST BEACH DRINKS

View of Lake Montauk from the Crow's Nest | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

View of Lake Montauk from the Crow's Nest | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Crow's Nest 

"I really love the ambience, it is absolutely the best in the Hamptons. They also have very good food like nice crudos, which are refreshing."
FED Pro  >  Chef Mathias Brogie (The Maidstone)

"Really good, local food and they have a wonderful lawn out back to hang out on before dinner. I usually get the whole fluke."
FED Pro  >  Chef Marc Murphy (LandMarc, Ditch Plains)

"This rustic, Mediterranean type spot delights with its views of the ocean and handwritten menu. Take a stroll along the water while waiting for simple, but eclectic dishes like harissa chicken and beets with pomegranate."
FED Pro  >  Kylie Monagan (Calissa)

4 Old West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.2077
crowsnestmtk.com


SUNSET WATCHING

Sunset at Montauket | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Sunset at Montauket | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Beer | The Montauket 

"For sunset in Montauk there is only one spot and that is the Montauket. It has a spectacular sunset year round. You’ll find a real blend of locals hanging out with newcomers who have discovered it. It is a little out of the way on Fort Pond Bay. They serve Montauk Brewing Company beer on tap, both an IPA and a summer ale."
FED Pro  >  Chef John Yashinowsky (Crow's Nest)

88 Firestone Road, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.5992

Sunset at The Surf Lodge | Photograph courtesy of The Surf Lodge

Sunset at The Surf Lodge | Photograph courtesy of The Surf Lodge

Rosé | The Surf Lodge

"If I want to get a little fancier and have a glass of rosé and watch the sunset, I hit the Surf Lodge. It is a cool spot. The set up is beautiful. It is a great experience. It is so relaxing."
FED Pro  >  Chef Oscar Hernandez (La Brisa)

183 Edgemere Street, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.483.5037 | thesurflodge.com

Sunset at Navy Beach | Photograph courtesy of Navy Beach

Sunset at Navy Beach | Photograph courtesy of Navy Beach

Rosé & Lobster Rolls | Navy Beach 

"This place is an amazing spot for sunsets. They have a big deck or you can grab a lounger on the beach, get a bottle of rosé, a few lobster rolls and watch the sun go down."
FED Pro  >  Chef Chris Rendell (The Surf Lodge)

"After a nap on the beach, grab a glass of rose, and enjoy the last moments of sun at Navy Beach's waterfront bar."
FED Pro  >  Kylie Monagan (Calissa)

16 Navy Road, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.6868
navybeach.com


DINNER

The Dock | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

The Dock | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Seafood | The Dock 

"It is one of the last truly local spots. The vibe is a good blend of fishermen coming right off the boats, locals who like to dine here, and new city people who realize that is really the best spot around to have a casual meal and some good fresh fish. It is very simple tavern food that is always excellent, fresh, and consistent. They make clam chowder with actual clams and you can get a fish sandwich and know the fish came right off the boats."
FED Pro  >  Chef John Yashinowsky (Crow's Nest)

"It is a local’s paradise. All the people from Gosman’s are here, they are slinging fish all day and then coming here afterwards to drink a beer. It is pretty cool."
FED Pro  >  Chef Gray Gardell-Gross (668 Gig Shack)

"This is a great bar. It is very civilized with really good seafood. I love the mussels. Sit at the bar and grab a couple of beers. It’s a real local hangout away from all the crowds. They have a list of rules that specify no phones and if you have children, make sure they are under control."
FED Pro  >  Chef Chris Rendell (The Surf Lodge)

"It is this awesome place that is located at the dock, right next to Gosman’s Fish Market. It is one of those places that over time has acquired its own unique voice that could never be replicated. They should never change anything they do there. I love what it says about Montauk."
FED Pro  >  Chef Eli Sussman (formerly of Ruschmeyer's)

"It is on the dock and it's called The Dock. It might be confusing, but it's terrific. The food is simple, fresh, and tastes great. They have awesome specials that they write on a piece of yellow legal pad paper and pass it around from table to table. When things are done, they just cross them off with a Sharpie. The wild prawns and fresh day boat scallops are terrific."
FED Pro  >  Chef Max Sussman (formerly of Ruschmeyer's)

1 Montauk Harbor , Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.9778 | thedockmontauk.com

Seafood | Dave's Gone Fishing 

"This is a great local establishment owned by Dave Marcley and they have been here for 25 years. It is very consistent and they serve seafood right off the dock. They have a veteran staff who have been here for a long time, so you know you are going to be treated well."
FED Pro  >  Chef John Yashinowsky (Crow's Nest)

"It is just one of those places with classic service and food in Montauk. It is old school. I get either the cioppino or, if it's available, the surf and turf that comes with a half lobster tail."
FED Pro  >  Chef Chris Rendell (The Surf Lodge)

467 East Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.9190 | 
www.davesgrill.com

The Hideaway | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

The Hideaway | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Mexican | The Hideaway 

"It’s down at the docks, tucked back off the road and you enter through a boatyard. It very much speaks to what the locals do here in that they are slightly removed from the chaos of the vacationers."
FED Pro  >  Chef Eli Sussman (formerly of Ruschmeyer's)

364 W Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.6592 | thehideawaymontauk.com

Swordfish Kebab at Ruschmeyer's | Photo Credit: Find. Eat .Drink.

Swordfish Kebab at Ruschmeyer's | Photo Credit: Find. Eat .Drink.

New American | Ruschmeyer's 

"I love coming here for dinner. The food is great and the setup and ambience are amazing. They also have an fantastic bar."
FED Pro  >  Chef Oscar Hernandez (La Brisa)

161 2nd House Road, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.2877 | Website


LATE NIGHT

Liar's Saloon } Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Liar's Saloon } Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Liar's Saloon 

"It’s a local fisherman’s bar out on the docks and it may take awhile for them to warm up to you, but it is a great place to sit and have a beer late night. The magic handshake at Liar's is just keep your head down and play Foosball."
FED Pro  >  Chef Chris Rendell (The Surf Lodge)

"If I want to go local and just grab a beer, I come here. It is a really cool bar right by the docks and I can talk to the locals. You can really learn what Montauk is about. Most of the fishermen come here fresh off their boats, grab a beer, and tell stories about the day. On the weekends, you’ll find people from the city and it is a beautiful mixture."
FED Pro  >  Chef Oscar Hernandez (La Brisa)

"I’ve heard that I need to stay away from Liar’s because it is a vortex of restaurant back of house personnel."
FED Pro  >  Chef Eli Sussman (formerly of Ruschmeyer's)

401 W Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 631.668.9597

Memory Motel

"This may not be the classiest bar in the Hamptons, but they pour a strong drink and there's nowhere better to dance. The 4am last call is just a suggestion for those wishing to walk home on the beach and watch the sun rise."
FED Pro  >  Kylie Monagan (Calissa)

692 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
T: 347.387.1721
memorymotel.com

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Souvenirs


Souvenirs


Montauk Brewing Company

Pick up some beer at Long Island's eastern most craft brewery which was started in 2012 by three friends. Stop into their tasting room and bring a six pack home.


montaukbrewingco.com | Where to Buy

Sag Harbor Rum

Locally-made sipping rum, hand-crafted and aged in bourbon barrels. It's inspired by Sag Harbor's history of whaling ships that stored the rum in barrels previously used for coffee, exotic spices and fruit.

sagharborrum.com | Where to Buy

Chocolate Szauce

Handmade in small batches using fresh cream from the Hudson Valley, North Fork sea salt and organic stone ground Taza chocolate. Family-run by East End natives.

 www.oldschoolfavorites.com | Where to Buy

 

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INSPIRATION

MUSIC | Rolling Stone Magazine's best summer songs of all time.
SURFING | Leif Engstrom surfing in Montauk.
MORE SURFING | Whalebone magazine.

SURF & WEATHEr REPORTS

WEATHER | 5 day weather report.
SURF REPORT | Weather, waves, and surf cam.

Stay

HOTELS | Tablet Hotels -- book a hotel.
LAST MINUTE HOTELS | Hotel Tonight -- book a room.
APARTMENTS | Airbnb -- rent an apartment.

Getting THERE

RAIL | LIRR -- book a train ticket.
BUS| Take the Hampton Jitney, the Luxury Liner, or the Hampton Ambassador.

CulturE & Shopping

MUSEUMS | Hamptons Art Hub list of museums and art destinations.
LIGHT HOUSE | The Montauk Light House.

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The Pros


The Pros


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ELI SUSSMAN

Executive chef at Ruschmeyer's in Montauk and Samesa, Ed and Bevs in Brooklyn.

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Max SUSSMAN

Executive chef at Ruschmeyer's in Montauk and Samesa, Ed and Bevs in Brooklyn.

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Chris Rendell

Executive chef at The Surf Lodge in Montauk and Flinder's Lane in Manhattan.

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Oscar Hernandez

Executive chef at La Brisa in Montauk and Tacombi in Manhattan.


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john Yashinowsky

Executive chef at the Crow's Nest in Montauk.

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Gray Gardell-Gross

Executive chef at 668 Gig Shack in Montauk.

Mathias Brogie

Executive chef at The Maidstone in East Hampton.

Marc Murphy

Executive chef at LandMarc and Ditch Plains in Manhattan.


Kylie Monagan recently helped restaurateur James Mallios open Calissa, a new Greek restaurant in Water Mill. The inspiration comes from James' summers spent in Mykonos. This is James' third restaurant since he has opened Amali and Amali Mou in Manhattan. Before opening Calissa with James, Kylie was responsible for the operations of Amali and Amali Mou.

 
 
 

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