Where to eat, drink, and shop in Montauk, NY, a.k.a. “The End.”
Duryea’s Lobster Deck
If you wish you were vacationing on a Greek island rather than Long Island, go to Duryea’s to be transported.
Seriously though, this has to be one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve ever eaten at. Surrounded by water, with whitewashed wooden tables, netting draped from above, and vibey house music drifting through the air, it’s the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood and a glass of rosé.
They do not take reservations, so try to be strategic about when you go to avoid long wait times. After your meal, take a stroll onto the adjoining pier to take in the scenic view – a great place to watch the sunset and yachts passing by.
Best Pizza Dive Bar
Maybe not the “best” pizza I’ve ever had in my whole life, but definitely up there! This spot is super cool and located between Montauk and Amagansett. There is a pizza counter which serves slices until late night on weekends and a chill bar area with surfing highlight reels playing on the TVs and Wölffer rosé on tap. Outside, there are picnic tables and cornhole boards, making it a great place to hang out with a group of friends. While I didn’t go on a weekend night, I’ve heard it can turn into house/dance party vibe. Love this place!
Lunch AKA Lobster Roll
You will likely pass this famous establishment on your drive in to Montauk – can’t miss the big blue sign indicating it’s an ideal “lunch” spot!
Though it lacks air conditioning and the wait times can be long, it’s worth the wait for an insanely delicious, eponymous lobster roll. They serve two kinds: a hot, buttered lobster roll (my favorite) or a cold lobster salad roll with mayo and celery.
In addition to lobster rolls, we also got fried clam strips and frozen lemonade, both of which were delicious.
Since this spot is on the outskirts of town, I suggest stopping either on your way to Montauk, or before your ride back.
This is a new Montauk establishment that I didn’t get a chance to visit but is on my list for next time.
Featuring aesthetically pleasing decor within its indoor/outdoor space, it is a sister restaurant to Sel Rrose in NYC. On summer weekends, they bring DJs to encourage drinking and dancing in their lounge and bar space.
Located conveniently in town, this NYC fixture serves up tacos and margaritas in a bright space (both the color scheme and floor-to-ceiling windows).
Left Hand Coffee
Let’s start with coffee, because you’ll need caffeine to fuel your Montauk days!
The interior of Left Hand has a beachy vibe that totally encompasses the Montauk spirit, complete with a driftwood counter. They have a good-sized menu with plenty of coffee (and dairy-free milk) options including
Coffee + Flowers
Check out this adorable pop-up before it’s gone! Located outside behind the Cynthia Rowley store (in town) is this collab between NYC coffee shop The Elk and The Popup Florist, selling… you guessed it, coffee + flowers.
They’ve created a super cute, Instagrammable space complete with picnic tables, chairs, and even a hammock to enjoy your coffee. Plus, they have oat milk.
Bluestone Lane Beach Collective
This Australian coffee shop is popping up all over the place, but with a little twist at their Montauk location. This particular space also features a small shop with Australian fashion and accessory labels which you can browse while you wait for your coffee order (I’m a fan of their cold brew).
The Surf Lodge
Onto cocktail hour. The Surf Lodge is one of the trendiest establishments in Montauk to drink an (overpriced) cocktail and listen to live music on weekends. Be sure to check out the “Sounds” schedule on their website to see who’s performing; they have DJs when there are no official performances scheduled. Their outdoor bar area is on Fort Pond Bay which can be beautiful, but be prepared to get sand in your shoes and some bug bites on your ankles.
The Surf Lodge is also a hotel, and its prices reflect the Frette sheets, Briogeo hair products, and other luxury touches which are offered to guests for an upscale experience.
The Sloppy Tuna
A two-floor bar and restaurant that is a fun place to dance and drink the night away. Conveniently located in town with a casual bar vibe.
Montauk Brewing Co.
Head here to get a Watermelon Session Ale straight from the source. Though I didn’t make it there myself, this spot has all the Montauk classics on tap.
Hi, can I get one of everything from this store? You must check out Wyld Blue when in Montauk, even if it’s just to window shop and drool over the insane vintage designer pieces (that will make a major dent in your wallet).
They have the most amazing curated selection of unique designer pieces with some trendy, (slightly) more affordable accessories and housewares in the mix. The store itself will give you major home
Located a few stores down from Wyld Blue,
The 8th Drifter
A small yet airy, well-curated store of accessories, home goods, and beauty products that are natural and fair trade. Think woven baskets, crystals, straw clutches, and coasters featuring cowrie shell embellishments (which I regret not buying!).
This one is for the boys (though they sell some womenswear, too). A cool selection of hats, t-shirts, and sweatshirts that have a surf/skate-inspired vibe. They also publish a lifestyle magazine by the same name.
Many would argue this is one of the best spots to watch the sunset in Montauk. Come for a drink, watch the sun go down, and then continue your night at another Fort Pond Bay spot nearby.
Another outdoor spot to watch the sunset while eating or drinking at one of their beachfront picnic tables overlooking Fort Pond Bay.
Gurney’s is Montauk’s only oceanfront resort which is open year-round. It is super pricey, featuring a beach club, a seawater-fed pool, and lots of happenings from DJ performances to lobster bakes.
If you aren’t staying at Gurney’s, you can still enjoy a luxe meal at Scarpetta Beach, the sister restaurant to the Manhattan eatery. Opt for patio seating, which overlooks the ocean. There is also an outdoor bar with fire pits and a coffee shop in the lobby which serves affogato.
Another dinner/drinks spot to try out featuring a cute outdoor seating area with string lights (love). Their menu is a bit eclectic, so be sure to check it out in advance if planning a meal there.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Wölffer rosé is a classic Hamptons drink, so why pass up the opportunity to get it straight from the vine? Located in Sagaponack, check out their Tasting Room (reservation required) or their outdoor, more casual Wine Stand, where you can get all of their wines and ciders by the glass. From 5:00 pm until sunset, you can sit outside and listen to live music; just bring your own blanket or beach chair to sit on!