240 Fort Pond Rd., Montauk
Arbor serves a mix of Mediterranean-inspired dishes and seafood, pizzas, small plates, and the usual go-tos (raw bar, cheeseburger, mussels, and fries). The space is romantic but contemporary and clean, dressed in hanging exposed lights, with a long, generously stocked bar. The wine list here is good, as is the beer lineup, which includes some local IPAs and ales. And new this summer: The Garret at the Arbor, a breezy new patio and outdoor bar with a curated drink menu.
Dave’s Gone Fishing (Closed)
467 E. Lake Dr., Montauk
Dave’s Grill, one of Montauk's most beloved spots, moved to the other side of Lake Montauk. Now called Dave’s Gone Fishing, this iteration of the old classic leans heavier on small, shareable plates. Note: While Dave’s Grill formerly took day-of reservations, Dave’s Gone Fishing is fully first-come, first-serve.
Dave’s Grill (Closed)
468 West Lake Dr., Montauk
This is one of the best spots in Montauk. Lobster, fries, and an epic brownie sundae round out the fresh seafood menu. Call after 4pm for a table the same night.
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 two 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.
466 West Lake Dr., Montauk
Father-and-son duo Eric and Adam Miller opened this eatery in Montauk in recent years–and we've heard nothing but good things. Eric (chef) sources local seafood and meats to create his dishes, which he whips into small plates and crudo, with a few larger selections, while Adam mixes specialty cocktails.
500 W Lake Drive, 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.
440 W. Lake Dr., Montauk
This New England-inspired bar and restaurant—with locations in New York, on Nantucket, and in Aspen—now has a spot in Montauk. The lobster roll is a Grey Lady favorite, as is the Dark 'n' Stormy. Don't overlook the local seafood dishes, though, like monkfish served with asparagus and fava beans.
South Etna Plaza, Montauk
A must-stop for Montauk's surfers, Joni Brosnan's shop serves up healthy sandwiches, salads, smoothies, the popular protein-rich breakfast wraps, and more. Click here for some of our go-to recipes.
16 Navy Rd., Montauk
Since this is right on the beach, it's perfect for families: The kids can run free while you put down a beer and some fish tacos.
161 Second House Rd., Montauk
The laid-back, camp style vibe of Ruschmeyer's makes it a draw for New Yorkers looking to unplug over the weekend. Always packed, its family friendly weekdays offer celebrity comedy acts, bingo, outdoor movies, and campfire s'mores. As for the menu, it's always solid; this summer they've teamed up with Brooklyn's Freehold to host brunch every weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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