2015 Parade Guide: Where to Eat, Drink and Be Merry in Montauk

The 2014 Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade
The 2014 Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo credit: Richard Lewin

Montauk awakes from its winter slumber this weekend, as thousands flock to the end of our Emerald Isle to celebrate the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York State.

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. And, since this is Long Island, everyone’s Irish the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day as well. For those hanging onto their pot of gold a wee bit longer than the rest of the country, take note of our guide when planning your day in Montauk:

On your way out to Montauk—or perhaps after the parade festivities—check out East Hampton’s Rowdy Hall (10 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-324-8555). The restaurant will continue to celebrate the luck of the Irish with Irish fare and drink specials. Included in the lineup are Irish mimosas, potato leek soup, corned beef and cabbage—obviously a holiday staple—and an Irish Whiskey Chocolate Cake for dessert.

With locations in Westhampton, Southampton and Water Mill, Hampton Coffee Company (hamptoncoffeecompany.com, 631-726-2633) has also announced that it will be serving corned beef sandwiches throughout the month of March. Stop in for a bite or grab one of the two St. Patrick’s Day themed beverages, a Leprechaun Latte or Irish Crème-flavored coffee.

Now, where to partake while taking in the parade? Check out this roundup of restaurants and bars open in Montauk:

An Irish prix fixe will be available at Sammy’s (448 West Lake Drive, 631-238-5707) through March 22. Sammy’s is open for lunch and dinner.

John’s Pancake House (721 Montauk Highway, 631-668-2383) will have business as usual, opening at 6 a.m. They’ll be serving their signature breakfast fare to those who stake out their parade spot early.

Gulf Coast Kitchen at Montauk Yacht Club (32 Star Island Road, 631-668-3100) will be open for dinner at 5:30 p.m., but the bar will be serving drinks and small bites starting at noon.

As per usual, The Seawater Grille at Gurney’s (290 Old Montauk Highway, 631-668-2345) will have specials every night and a $28.95 prix fixe, which includes an appetizer, main
course and dessert.

After the parade, Harvest on Fort Pond (11 South Emery Street, 631-668-5574) opens for dinner service at 5 p.m., serving their regular menu and half portions. Since they’ll be thousands of revelers in town, reservations are recommended.

As it’s not along the parade route, don’t expect The Montauket (88 Firestone Road, 631-668-5992) to fill up until after the festivities along the main drag have concluded. Stop in to enjoy drinks from the bar afterward.

Serving fresh fish and sushi, Inlet Seafood (541 E Lake Dr., 631-668-4272) is now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for lunch and dinner, starting at noon—including, of course, on parade day.

Swallow East (474 W Lake Drive, 631-668-8344) is now open for dinner Thursday through Sunday, and guests can also stop by for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, starting at noon.

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