An insider’s guide to Montauk, featuring a collection of the best spots in town as told by the people who live, work and play there.
Partner & Marketing Director, Navy Beach
Aside from Navy Beach?! It’s a tie between the Clam & Chowder House (now at Salivar’s) and Crow’s Nest – two VERY different menus and ambiances but I like to mix it up as much as possible. For a relaxed sushi lunch or dinner we love Clam & Chowder House, and when we want a nicer dinner out – as a couple or with friends or family in town we like to go over to Crow’s Nest for drinks and dinner. The setting is beautiful and the crowd is usually fun and their menu is a bit different from what you can get at other restaurants in town.
Favorite dessert spot
Another tie! Dave’s Grill for their signature Chocolate Bag and Buddhaberry for their self-serve frozen yogurt with a huge selection of toppings – everything from fresh fruit to M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces – my favorite guilty pleasures. This season I am making it a habit of taking our newborn son for a walk to town for some fro-yo at least once a week! It’s a great pit stop if you’re getting onto or off of the Jitney (its right across the street) and need a quick snack.
Best for Sunset
Navy Beach – hands down! I know I’m biased here, but the fact that you can get a drink from the bar, or a table in the dining room or on the beach (with your toes in the sand) and sip and eat while watching the sun set over Fort Pond Bay is pretty amazing. It’s great for families also because you can get an early reservation – at say 5:30 or 6, eat with the kids and then have some drinks while you watch the sun set. On Sundays from June 22 through Labor Day weekend we have reggae bands playing “Sunset Sets” on the beach starting at 5pm, which all our guests enjoy.
Why I love Montauk
As soon as we started looking for homes to rent out here before opening Navy Beach in 2010, both my husband Franklin and I fell in love with it. The quiet (more so in the off-season), the natural beauty, and the water — whether it is the sound of the ocean waves or the sunsets over Fort Pond Bay at the restaurant– are all so calming and nourishing. The fresh air and breeze was such a nice relief from the fast-paced grind and hot and humid summers we had spent in Manhattan. Since we bought a home here several years ago and now live here year-round, we feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. Our house is surrounded by trees and we can see the ocean from our deck. I can watch the sunrise over the ocean in the morning and watch the sunset over the bay at Navy Beach in the evening! Of course it gets a little louder and crowded in the summer months but it is good for our business as well as others in town and we are happy to have that as well as the more low-key down time that we get to enjoy here from September through April.
Long-time, year-round local & Director of Sales at Montauk Yacht Club
Salivar’s because the new owners kept the name and the historic fishing/dock decor of the old restaurant and updated the cuisine to fresh and local including a sushi bar. It honors the tradition but modernizes it a bit.
Quintessential Breakfast Spot
John’s Pancake House because of their famous Frosty Top Waffles and Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Chrissie A. has been there for years and is a favorite of locals and visitors.
Favorite Local Shop
Kelly B because they sell women’s trendy clothes and accessories at affordable (not Hampton) prices.
Oyster Farmer & Co-Founder, Montauk Shellfish Company
The West Lake Fish House
Favorite Place for Sunset
Favorite Town Event
The Fall Festival
Why I Love Montauk
Because of the beauty of the landscapes, cliffscapes, sunsets, trails, waves, weather, and most importantly the community of people that call Montauk home.
The one that has the least amount of people, so I’m not telling.
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Favorite Montauk Institution
The Shagwong, because it is one of the only places open in the winter, because it has served all types of Montauketts and because it is Montauk history.
Favorite Montauk Newcomer
Green lines. They’ve created a line of swimwear using recycled polyester and they give back to the ocean; we so appreciate that.
Favorite Local Shop
Becker’s Hardware Store, most definitely the place I shop the most in Montauk. They are so kind and so helpful.
Favorite Town Events
The Music Festival in May, the Columbus Day Clam Chowder Contest in October and the Farmers Market every Thursday in the summer
Rushmeyers because the chef does wonders with vegetables, and I am told everything else has some magic.
Favorite for Drinks
Crow’s Nest waiting for a table, lounging on the grass by the lake
Best for Live Music
Gig Shack on Main Street, because it is just nice to have lunch on the terrace. And Surf Lodge on Sunday — the mellow sunset party.
Featured in this article:
Clam & Chowder House
Address: 470 Westlake Dr, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631)668.6252
Address: 4 Old West Lake Dr, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 668-2077
Address: Flamingo Rd, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 668-9190
Address: 43 S Euclid Ave, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 668-8393
Address: 16 Navy Rd, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 668-6868
Address: 470 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 668-2555
John’s Pancake House
Address: 721 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 668-2383
Address: 41 the Plaza Ste A, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 238-5659
The West Lake Fish House
Address: 352 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 668-3474
Address: 88 Firestone Rd, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631)668-5992
Address: 17 S Edison St. Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 685-1465
Address: 774 Main Street, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 668-3050
Address: 732B Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY
Becker’s Hardware Store
Address: 775 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 668-2368
668 The Gig Shack
Address: 782 Main St, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 668-2727
Address: 183 S Edgemere St, Montauk, NY // Phone: (631) 668-1562