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Duryea’s Lobster Deck
65 Tuthill Rd., Montauk
Although it’s been a Montauk staple for decades, the buzz around Duryea’s has grown lately, thanks to a sleek makeover a couple of years ago. Instead of rustic picnic tables and a BYOB policy, there are now bottles of Provençal rosé, white banquettes, and clean-lined, bleached wood tables and chairs that create a setting that wouldn’t look out of place on Mykonos—especially with its waterside view of Fort Pond Bay. The steamed lobster and lobster rolls are a no-brainer, but also consider the perfectly grilled skirt steak, the small plates (baked cherrystone clams and steamers), the lobster club salad, and oysters from Orient Point, just across Gardiner’s Bay.
The Dock
482 W. Lake Dr., Montauk
As the name suggests, this quirky, dive-y restaurant sits a few steps away from one of the main fishing docks in Montauk and serves hearty, straightforward dishes of the kind you want after a day on the open water (many of the regulars are fishermen). There’s clam chowder, soft shell crab sandwiches, grilled tuna steaks with coleslaw and fries, and a peanut butter and chocolate pie that’s probably the most decadent dessert in Montauk. The décor, meanwhile, is an eclectic mix of taxidermied geese and deer heads, Halloween-worthy masks, and vintage model sailing ships.
Gosman’s Dock
500 W. Lake Dr., Montauk
At the entrance of Montauk Harbor, Gosman’s (which opened in 1943) epitomizes a kind of classic, unfussy seafood restaurant visitors have come to associate with the town. A bright, airy dining room looks out over passing fishing boats, and the menu is dominated by regional comfort food like Atlantic cod fish and chips, baked stuffed clams, steamed lobster, and Maryland-style crab cakes with a corn and jicama slaw. There’s also a walk-up window for those who don’t want a full sit-down meal, where you can order huge lobster rolls and plates of crisp, fried calamari to take to the water for an impromptu picnic.
Bari Studio (Closed)
183 Edgemere St., Montauk
Based in Tribeca, the Bari Studio is known for workouts that people actually want to go to (thanks to sessions that incorporate everything from dance moves to trampolines). And this summer, the postcard-perfect outdoor deck of Montauk’s Surf Lodge is hosting Bari’s popular sculpt class, a low-impact workout using hanging resistance bands and “Bari balls” (inflatable rubber spheres) that together target all the major muscle groups. Afterward, grab a lobster roll (you’ve earned it) at the Surf Lodge’s restaurant, which overlooks Fort Pond and, in the distance, the Atlantic.
Bluestone Lane Beach Collective
786 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
COVID-19 update: Temporarily closed for the season. In New York City, Australians have become the new MVPs of coffee, and this summer, one of our favorite Aussie cafés is bringing a bit of Melbourne to Montauk, which means more flat whites than cappuccinos, plus weird-but-good drinks, like beet lattes—and you can’t go wrong with the reliably satisfying avocado smash. Bluestone Lane is also a full retail store with Australian fashion brands, like neoprene totes from Chuchka, bikinis from Matteau Swim, and sunglasses from Pared Eyewear.
Hero Beach Club
626 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
This refurbished seaside retreat (formerly the Oceanside hotel) quietly opened in the summer of 2017 out in Montauk, a spot not exactly known for its blissed-out tranquility in the summer months. Here, along Montauk's Umbrella Beach, this thirty-four-room getaway features tastefully beachy furnishings imported from Bali, the kind of mattresses you'd happily spend the weekend lounging on courtesy of Tomorrow Sleep, and crisp linens from Hill House Home. (Several of the rooms also have balconies.) In the morning, there's a small breakfast setup (bagels, coffee) but not too many other frills—and that's kind of the point. The delightfully in-the-know hotel staff will help with everything from, say, setting you up with surf lessons to tipping you off to the best lobster shack in town. On the property, there's yoga on the lawn four days a week and there are plans to build out the wellness offerings further.
The Crow’s Nest Restaurant
4 Old W. Lake Dr., Montauk
Go to the Crow's Nest's restaurant for the same reason you'd stay at the hotel—the incredible atmosphere created by Sean McPherson's incredible eye. Indoors, the vibe is an eclectic mix of design pieces that still feels thoroughly Hamptons—whiteboard walls are decorated with earthy mud cloths and pirate flags, and Mediterranean mezze platters and hearty salads are served on warm wooden boards. If possible, book a table on their outdoor patio or—better yet—on the lawn, where four-tops are situated under elegant wooden cabanas.
Cynthia Rowley
696 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
Cynthia Rowley is something of a Montauk OG (she's been surfing out here with her family for years), and the same could be said for her boutique, which opened up back in 2010. Her collection of beach-ready pieces includes everything from graphic, color-blocked rash guards, to sporty swimsuits, to cover-ups, and even one downright chic-patterned soft-top surfboard. For the 2017 season, Rowley is hosting an edited selection of the her favorite oils, sunscreen, and potions from CAP Beauty. A bonus: Sagtown Coffee will be on hand to brew iced coffee on the go.
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.