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Any good Montauk restaurants?

wreckers00 Jun 23, 2010 08:13 PM

I've been looking for a really good Montauk restaurant after many years of vacationing there. "Lunch" is always decent..

I've hear the new Navy Beach is good?

Anyone know about Sam Talbot's (top chef alum) Surf Shack?

Any good local favorites please...


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    Solstice444 Jul 31, 2010 05:34 AM

    I haven't seen anyone mention Fishbar, it just opened this year. It's across from the Montauk Airport, right on the water by the docks. I ate there two nights ago and the food was fresh and very good with pleasant service.

    I also went to Montauket and wasn't impressed with my shrimp and fries. Small serving and the fries had no seasoning. Nothing special. However my mother's flounder dish was good. I should've tried the couple of exotic items on the menu - I did notice them!

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      coll Jul 31, 2010 07:41 AM

      Fishbar's been around for at least three years, and yes, very nice.

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        Solstice444 Aug 1, 2010 03:21 AM

        Oops! I thought I saw on the website that it had opened this year. Sorry for the confusion.

    2. streamwise Jul 28, 2010 07:57 PM

      On a side note, I also happened upon some pretty good Carbbean/W. Indian food at the Montauket. If you happen to go there (great sunset!) try the Jerk West Indian Wings, which were great when I was there. We also had a good Roti ---the only thing we didn't like was that it was on a tortilla rather than Indian-style bread, but it was still good.

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        coll Jul 28, 2010 08:00 PM

        Do they have a new chef, do you know? They've had some really good ones in the past.

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          streamwise Jul 28, 2010 08:24 PM

          The chef was named 'Willy' and was from Antigua, I think. I don't know if he was new or not.

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            coll Jul 29, 2010 04:27 AM

            Sounds interesting, last I heard the owner was cooking, good food but nothing exotic.

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        mangiamama Jul 28, 2010 07:43 AM

        I believe that Sam Talbot was at the Surf Lodge not Surf Shack. Went to ENE in April and we enjoyed our meal.

        Surf Lodge
        183 S Edgemere St, Montauk, NY 11954

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          streamwise Jul 28, 2010 07:52 PM

          I went to ENE last night, and it's definitely still good. The best things we had were the salmon ceviche, a special of soba with sesame sauce and fried tofu, and the NY Strip with Gorgonzola butter, which was really well executed.

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          samka Jul 22, 2010 11:04 AM

          Have you ever been to Harvest on Fort Pond or ENE?

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            streamwise Jul 25, 2010 09:36 PM

            I haven't been to East by Northeast this summer. I was there last summer and thought it was worth a trip.

          2. johnk Jun 27, 2010 04:25 AM

            We had a great dinner @ South Edison Friday night.
            Fresh oysters & a very tasty lobster roll.

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              streamwise Jul 6, 2010 09:30 PM

              I second the South Edison recommendation. I just had a very good dinner there: nice raw bar, very good grilled porgy, nice fluke sashmi, asparagus salad with a soft-boiled egg,excellent homemade ice creams such as olive-oil and almond-maple, etc. I also second the Hideaway, but I didn't sea their taco tuesdays advertised anymore (they had great tacos lengua), which was one of my favorite specials out here.

              I noticed a new place just opened in the last few days. It was called the 'Seafood Shack', on Montauk Highway between Cyril's and Clam Bar. I have not heard anything about it.

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                streamwise Jul 12, 2010 10:14 PM

                I also made it Second House Tavern recently. The service was slow, but the food made up for it. A cod entree was perfectly cooked and seasoned and the lobster roll was one of the best I've had out here (it's a little different too, no mayonnaise). We didn't try much else, just some raw bar, but I'd go back.

                Second House Tavern
                161 Second House Road, Montauk, NY 11954

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                  wreckers00 Jul 22, 2010 07:31 AM

                  thanks for the recs.

                  anyone know anything about The Backyard Restaurant at Sole East Resort?

                  Heard good things about the restaurant from one person...but wanted some other comments

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                    coll Jul 31, 2010 07:39 AM

                    My only comment is that they seem to go through 2 or 3 chefs per season so hard to say how they are at any given time. Some of the chefs have been wonderful but haven't been yet this year.

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                  wreckers00 Aug 23, 2010 05:55 PM

                  Just had a great meal at South Edison. Honestly the best I've ever had in 10+ years of vacationing in Montauk.

                  Ordered the pork belly app which was great, the grilled porgy was perfectly cooked with nice accompaniments and had the olive oil/orange cake with olive oil ice cream for dessert (which was good although not great).

                  Definitely recommend this. I also tried several other dishes including pastas, steak, hamburger, and more and all were solid to very good in my opinion.

              2. coll Jun 24, 2010 02:14 AM

                Surf Shack has been out of business since last year.

                Navy Beach has the chef from the Laundry, which always got mixed reviews.

                Crows Nest just opened with new owners, has to be an improvement. Havana Grill became a Maryland type crab house. Other changes coming up soon, but too soon to mention.

                Montauk vibe is definitely undergoing some changes lately. Not as laid back as it used to be. For "good" restaurants, just search for my past recommendations, I think I've covered them all at some point ;-)

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                  streamwise Jul 12, 2010 10:04 PM

                  I finally got to Navy Beach. The location/setting is nice, the waitstaff is mostly friendly and competent, but the food was a bit mediocre and the front-of-house was a bit of a sh**tshow (took 20 minutes to get seated with a reservation, but the dining room was not full). Lobster "ceviche" was best thing we had. The grilled fish was cooked correctly but entirely unseasoned.The sides of grilled asparagus and fries were limp. A scallop special was unpleasantly overwhelmed with a basil broth. However, I'll most likely try the place again just because of the location and setting...

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                    coll Jul 13, 2010 02:44 AM

                    Not surprised about the food. As you say, it's worth it for the setting, one of my favorite views in Montauk. BTW I also noticed that the Surf Shack is having a "grand opening", under that name or similar, not that I'm rushing to try it.

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                      coll Jul 18, 2010 11:24 AM

                      Just noticed an ad for the old Surf Shack, it's now called Mahon's Seafood Shack. Says freshest fish, giant lobsters, prime meat and more. Dinner only, bar opens @ 4 and dinner @5. French chef Chrisitan Du Pernay. So if anyone tries it, let us know!

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