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Where to eat in Montauk/Amgansett? Please help.

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Manhattan couple will be staying across the road from Cyril's next weekend. Everyone knows The Lobster Roll and Surf Lodge, and we love The Hideaway, but what is your favorite place to eat in the area?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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Lobster Roll Restaurant
1980 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett, NY 11930

Surf Lodge
183 S Edgemere St, Montauk, NY 11954

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  1. We like Dave's Grill in Montauk and the Meeting House in Amagansett.

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    Dave's Grill
    468 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY

    Meeting House
    4 Amagansett Sq, Amagansett, NY 11930

    1. For good Mexican checkout The Hideaway in Montauk. Inlet Seafood and Fishbar in Montauk are also usually good for seafood.

      1. The Dock, O'Murphys and Westlake (next to Hideaway). The Dock for seafood with a local feel, O'Murphys for decent to great food in a convenient location and Westlake for their sushi plus everything else they serve. Also for pizza, try Primavera across from the movie theatre, not only top notch NYC style pie but the owner is very entertaining too.

        1. Sounds like good stuff. Thanks, all.
          Any recs for an alternative lobster roll to "The Lobster Roll"?

          And for a crazy question: I've got a Jeep with a beach driving permit. Does that help me reach any restaurants easier? Obviously, I have no idea.

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          Lobster Roll Restaurant
          3225 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901

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          1. re: il Trifulau

            I like the lobster roll at Perry Duryea's, and the location is a million times more scenic. That's where I usually go.

            I can't think of any restaurants you can get to with a Jeep, now a boat is another story.

            1. re: coll

              Oh just remembered, don't even think of driving on the beach, you might run over a piping plover and get arrested!

            2. re: il Trifulau

              i prefer the lobster roll at duryea's to the one at the lobster roll (which i find to be a mayo gut bomb). their clam chowder is a little thin, but their mussels and clams are very good too. the food at the hideaway is also very good. the food at the clam bar (almost across the street from lunch's) is pretty good too.

              definitely hit up the montauk bake shoppe and get either the fresh made donuts, or my personal favorite, the chocolate coffee crumb cake.

              1. re: jon

                Or the chocolate croissants!

                1. re: coll

                  We always enjoy John's for Pancakes and ENE (East Northeast for dinner--save room for cocktails and dessert--it's always our blow-out night :-)
                  I 2nd the Inlet and Hideaway, too. Also Cyril's itself has a lobster roll, too.
                  Have a blast!

                  1. re: coll

                    just tried the jelly-filled croissants this weekend. crazy good.

                    1. re: jon

                      I'm going out today, and you're making me want to stop there.....

                  2. re: jon

                    A funny thing happened to us last week at Duryea's. We went for lunch and ordered the lobster rolls. They were good, but I think there was dill or some other herb in it and I prefer plain mayo (and not too much of it). It didn't come on the traditional hot dog roll, but a more substantial roll that I thought was good and would be perfect for something like bratwurst, which overwhelms hot dog rolls. So after eating, my husband asks the counterperson "where do you get the rolls for the lobster roll" and she tells him "it's a secret; we are famous for our lobster rolls." So he tells her, yes, it was very good, but I just want the name of the roll. She tells him to come back and have another. So after telling her he would love to come back but since it took us more than 2 1/2 hours to get there, that wasn't going to be happening at time soon, she still refused to tell him who makes their rolls!

                    1. re: DianeCGW

                      Not that funny to me, the roll is an important aspect of the sandwich: And with all the competiton out there, why would they give out their trade secrets? I'd love to know everyone's inside info too but also don't expect them to reveal to me anytime soon. Everyone uses a different one and is very secretive about which one it is.

                      1. re: DianeCGW

                        Why on earth would you expect them to tell you where they get their rolls?

                        1. re: il Trifulau

                          Because they probably bought mass-produced rolls. I doubt they're baking them themselves, or even getting them from a bakery.

                          1. re: DianeCGW

                            If they're not making them themselves, then where else would they get them except a bakery? There are lots of excellent commercial bakeries in the NY Metro area, and we can only fantasize which one they use. Or go check their dumpster after hours if you really need to know.

                  3. Perry Duryea's, huh? Alright, I'll check it out.
                    I've got a rez at ENE for Sunday night.

                    1. Thought I'd chime in with comments on two of the new places:

                      First is Navy Beach - where Sunset Saloon used to be. Went for lunch last weekend. Food was good on balance, particularly the whole grilled fluke. An order of cornbread came out unevenly heated - also they decided to bring it after appetizers but well before entrees which was a weird time to serve a side dish. Service was above average for Montauk. The setting overlooking the bay is gorgeous.

                      Clemente's Crab House - stay away. Located where Havana Beach Club used to be (I miss their paella). Can't comment on the food because we left before it arrived. We went around 8:30 on a Saturday night. It looked crowded but this was deceptive as the place was ridiculously overstaffed with completely inexperienced servers. At the half hour mark we finally got bread, but when an hour passed and our appetizers still hadn't arrived (two soups and an order of calamari - shouldn't take long) we decided to leave. It was nice of them not to charge us for the one beer, but they should have told us ahead of time how backed up the kitchen was. The menu looked quite good, so it's a shame that the place is so poorly managed. I will never return there after this experience.

                      Also ate at Inlet, Westlake, Hideaway and Bird on the Roof. All were pretty much as good as usual. The service at Inlet was a bit lacking and their clam chowder is awful.

                      There are a couple of other new places (Greek and BBQ) that I hope to try in the coming weeks.

                      One last thing: Dogs are no longer allowed at Clam Bar. I doubt this impacts many of you but it was disappointing for us to learn.

                      1. Try Rowdy Hall in East Hampton or for some fun and good BBQ try Turtle Crossing.

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                        Rowdy Hall
                        10 Main St Ste B, East Hampton, NY 11937

                        Turtle Crossing
                        221 Pantigo Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937

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                        1. re: Charlie B

                          Yes LOVE Rowdy Hall...order the scallops if they are still on the menu.

                        2. Is it fair to say of the three areas: East Hampton, Amagansett, Montauk, the least best restaurants are in Montauk?

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                          1. re: il Trifulau

                            If you want upscale then East Hampton and Amagansett might have a few more places, but for fish I would always choose Montauk, even if it's a lot more casual.

                            1. re: coll

                              I was surprised at how expensive anything containing lobster is in Montauk.
                              What gives? Lobster is cheaper in Manhattan. Seriously.

                              1. re: il Trifulau

                                Well they say they only have 13 weeks to make money so that may be part of it. They don't give anything away in the summertime, and they don't really have to. But at least the lobster in Montauk is right off the boat, and not up to a week out and from Hunts Point, and from who knows where.

                                1. re: coll

                                  the only super egregious price-gouging i've seen out there is the $5 steamed corn on the cob (without butter) at duryea's. now that's a flat out rip-off.

                                  1. re: jon

                                    You see, I don't know....they can have my $5 for a tasty piece of corn on the cob. I'm more bothered by a 1-1/4lb lobster costing upwards of $30 at a time when lobsters are being sold wholesale at the lowest prices in years.
                                    Whatever.
                                    Everyone deserves to make a living in America.

                          2. Does anyone have an update on how the Harvest is currently.

                            We loved it years ago, but the menu shown on the web looks different.

                            We are taking our boat to Montauk next week and are looking for two good places to dine.

                            ~Fred19

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                            1. re: Fred19

                              Glad to know the price of gas is down enough to actually drive around!

                              I haven't talked to anyone who's been to Harvest lately, I'll have to ask around. Have you tried The Inlet yet? Or maybe Fishbar? If you're docking at the Yacht Club they're right there and not quite so mobbed as some other places. Freshest fish you can get at both places.

                              1. re: coll

                                We will be at the Yacht Club.

                                Will look into where the Inlet and Fishbar are relative to the yacht club.

                                ~Fred19

                                1. re: Fred19

                                  if you're near the yacht club, i highly suggest going over to the hideaway, which is literally 2 minutes from where you are. very very good mexican food.

                                  1. re: Fred19

                                    The Inlet is at the opening into Gardiners Bay (directly across from Gosmans) and Fishbar is just down the road at the Gone Fishing Marina, where I believe you can pull in.

                              2. Anything good at Cyril's or should I just have a fruity rum drink and move along?

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                                1. re: il Trifulau

                                  Not a fruity rum drink: you have to try his house drink, the BBC. Baileys Banana Colada. Like a deadly milkshake, luckily if you are staying across the street you just have to worry about walking across rather than driving. But be careful. Foodwise, I don't know who's cooking there this year but wouldn't be afraid to give something seafood a try.

                                2. For dinner, live entertainment, and drinks I definitely suggest WashOut at 240 Fort Pond Road, Montauk, NY. It is a great place to hang out/relax and i recommend the burgers!

                                  1. We find The Lobster Roll mediocre at best.
                                    Cyril's on the North side of the strip has always been good.
                                    Perry Duryea's is great and the location is fabulous.

                                    1. I'm still going to say The Dock, Westlake, Hideaway and O'Murphys, etc, when I'm in Montauk I want to go local. That's the charm of the place. All these new NYC places aren't anywhere near the old days. I might be an old fogey, but I sincerely mean it. Montauk is changing year by year, enjoy the local vibe while you can. Peace and love to you all.

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                                      1. re: coll

                                        Going in mid-September. Never been to Hideaway - menu looks great. We usually go to Dave's Grille - outstanding chopped salad and martini's and Shagwong for local flavor.
                                        You're right about Montauk - in 10 years it will Eastern East Hampton.

                                        1. re: frk040

                                          I'm betting on a couple of years. There are still a few hidden spots though. Hideaway is an example, although relatively new to the restaurant business, the owners have been in that location for many years, doing marina business. They are now doing what they love, rather than what they think will make them rich.