Red Hook Lobster Pound (Closed)
34 S. Etna Ave., Montauk
Lemonade and lobster rolls make for a pretty irresistible pairing so it's no surprise that Montauk local favorite Sweettauk recruited the folks at Red Hook Lobster Pound to join them out East. This tiny spot, marked by the light blue picnic tables out front specializes in lobster and shrimp rolls, but there's also a solid Caprese salad and clam chowder if you're feeling decadent. Also: hot dogs. There's plenty of Sweettauk lemonade—meyer lemon, blackberry dragonfruit, mango and strawberry mint— on tap, too.
805 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
Happy Bowls is owned by a local surfing family, so you'll always find plenty of residents hanging around mid-morning after a long session. They offer a few different takes on the traditional açai bowl, plus a build-your-own, and a few great smoothies. The PB&J bowl is a favorite.
778 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
Considering Herb's has been around since the '40s, it's kind of amazing it's only changed hands twice. Thankfully, each new owner has kept the offering (expertly butchered meats, sandwiches, salads, home-cooked sides) and, most importantly, the quality and taste, virtually unchanged. Get the legendary fried chicken; it totally lives up to the hype.
Montauk Juice Factory
12 S. Etna Ave., Montauk
Montauk’s surf and yoga crowd now have their own local juicing hangout. The small menu of cold-pressed, organic juices pretty much covers all the bases between hardcore cleansing and sweet, fruity treats.
Buddha Berry Frozen Yogurt
43 S. Euclid Ave., Montauk
Located in a quaint little white house, this Buddha Berry (one of three locations in the Hamptons) offers classic and unique flavors (cookies & cream, Georgia peach, latte), with toppings that range from healthy (chia seeds, flax seeds, raw almonds) to less so (Sour Patch Kids and Nerds).
696 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
Sagtown's Montauk location (the original is in Sag Harbor) is tucked into a hidden alley, so it definitely feels like a local spot (if you’re really in the know, you’ll enter through the side entrance at Cynthia Rowley). Like the original, the coffee is reliably good and everything on the menu can be made iced, so it’s the perfect pick-me-up before (or after) a long morning at the beach.
Left Hand Coffee
83 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk
This fairly new coffee shop's beachy décor features a driftwood-covered bar and repurposed-wood café tables. They brew all their own coffee, which can be ground, packaged, and taken home. Even if you’re not a coffee lover, you'll want to take a look at the three-level pour-over contraptions that take up a deservedly large share of the counter space. Oh, and there's a pretty extensive standalone tea station, too.