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Jun 23, 2010 08:13 PM

Any good Montauk restaurants?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: coll

      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...

      1. re: streamwise

        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.

        1. re: coll

          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!

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

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      1. re: johnk

        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.

        1. re: streamwise

          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

          1. re: streamwise

            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

            1. re: wreckers00

              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.

          2. re: streamwise

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

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          1. re: samka

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

          2. 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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            1. re: mangiamama

              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.

            2. 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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              1. re: streamwise

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

                1. re: coll

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

                  1. re: streamwise

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