Wondering where to dine in Montauk? Here are some great local selections, including several participants in this year’s Dans’s Taste of Summer events (scroll down for more info). Click the names for reviews and chef interviews.
668 THE GIG SHACK
Serving fresh seafood in a beachy atmosphere. Local specialties include the blackened fish Montacos (homemade mango salsa and creamy salsa in a crunchy corn tortilla). Late night bar. 782 Main Street. 631-668-2727 668thegigshack.com
EAST BY NORTHEAST
Serving dishes inspired by cuisine from the Far East and the Northeast prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy Blutstein of Eataly fame and Tremont in the West Village. Menu items range from local Balsam Farms beet salad to pork and scallion dumplings. 51 Edgemere Street. 631-668-2872 eastbynortheast.com
This resort features a number of dining options. Corso Coffee, an Italian-style coffee bar; Scarpetta Beach serves classic Italian dishes with a modern twist; Tillie’s offers American comfort food; and The Beach Club serves gourmet snack bar. Finally, The Regent Cocktail Club provides the perfect setting for impromptu get-togethers, sunset drinks and nightcaps. 290 Old Montauk Highway. 631-668-2345 gurneysmontauk.com
Moving into the former Harbor MTK space is newcomer Grey Lady. Named for the infamous Nantucket fog, Grey Lady has an appropriately New England-themed menu with lots of seafood offerings and, one would assume, an emphasis on New England Clam Chowder, not Manhattan. 440 West Lake Drive. 631-210-6249 greyladymtk.com
Navy Beach serves elegant seafood in a casual-chic dining room with breathtaking
sunset views. Offering five different family-style menus for large group dining. Bring your drink outside to the lounge/beach area and take in the ocean air. Lunch and dinner are served daily. 16 Navy Road. 631-668-6868 navybeach.com
Part hotel, part restaurant, Ruschmeyer’s has it all. Featuring an outside dining area called The Magic Garden, and The ElectricEel, a bar/lounge with DJs and live music. Starting at the end of June, Tuesdays become burger night when top chefs stop by to serve up their signature burgers. 161 Second House Road. 631-668-8249 chelseahotels.com
The Sloppy Tuna has reopened with a more subdued atmosphere and an emphasis on food rather than partying. Notable for beachfront dining. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and beach takeout. 148 South Emerson Avenue. 631-647-8000 lisloppytuna.com
Start your meal at South Edison with their signature pickle martini and choose an entrée from a menu filled with local seafood and produce. For night owls there’s the Disco Fries takeout window, open on weekends from 12–3:30 a.m. What are Disco Fries, you ask? “Braised short rib, cojita cheese, brown gravy, fresh herbs.” Sounds good to us! 17 South Edison Street. 631-668-4200. southedison.com
WESTLAKE FISH HOUSE
At Westlake Fish House, enjoy the waterfront all day! Order breakfast, lunch or dinner from their expert chef. Serving local seafood, sushi and traditional American dishes in a dining room with panoramic views of the harbor. 352 Westlake Drive. 631-668-3474 westlakefishhouse.com
Most of these restaurants are participating in Dan’s Taste of Summer, which returns bigger and better than ever in 2016! An impressive lineup of celebrity hosts, chefs and restaurants, both new and returning, are gearing up for Dan’s GrillHampton hosted by Adam Richman on Friday, July 22, Dan’s Taste of Two Forks hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli on July 23, Dan’s ClambakeMTK at Gurney’s Montauk hosted by Marc Murphy and Eden Grinshpan on July 30 and Dan’s Harvest East End hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian on Saturday, August 20.