• Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

Where to stay, eat, drink

ByKeith M. Jones

Jul 11, 2022

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A three-hour ride on the Long Island Rail Road – or a few hours in potential bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Hampton Jitney, choose your poison! — and you’ll find yourself in Montauk, a salt-of-the-earth beach town on the edge of Long Island. Montauk literally sits on the eastern edge of New York State, and its residents couldn’t be more proud of its location. Each window, restaurant and tchotchke recalls the slogan of the city: the end of the world. But there’s nothing apocalyptic about Montauk. The city of the Hamptons is the mellow alternative to the competitive glow of nearby Bridgehampton billionaire haunts, and offers endless amounts of sun, surf and sand. The city has long been a summer hotspot for New Yorkers looking to get away from it all, and now it’s your turn to unwind. Read on to plan your next trip to Montauk, where to stay, eat, drink and more.

Where to eat and drink

Anthony’s creperie: This popular old-school restaurant is all-American and serves up some of the fluffiest pancakes on all of Long Island. But the best part? It’s the perfect place to watch hungover lacrosse players become financial advisers after a rowdy night of partying. Pro Tip: Sit at the counter for the best view and almost immediate seating.

Shagwong Tavern: Shagwong has it all. By day, it’s a no-frills seafood restaurant offering hearty servings of delicious fresh fish and nasty dirty martinis. At night, the dive bar teems with locals and tourists alike reminiscing about the good old days being completely forgotten by an alarming playlist of mashups from the 2000s. Like we said, Shagwong has it all .

Anthony’s creperie
Navy Beach
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Marine Beach: Right next to the Montauk LIRR stop is Navy Beach, a nautical restaurant offering coastal fare and craft cocktails alongside sweeping beach views. Located on a 200-foot private beach overlooking Fort Pond Bay and Gardiner’s Island, Navy Beach promises beautiful water views during the day and stunning sunsets at night.

Lynn’s Hula Hula: With its bamboo walls and organic tropical cocktails, Lynn’s Hula Hut brings a Polynesian touch to Montauk. Located in a former office trailer, the waterfront Tiki Bar is a must-visit to take your summer nightlife getaways to the next level.

What to do

Roasted S’mores: Is it even a beach vacation without s’mores? Dessert is peak summer nostalgia, and they never taste better than a long day at the beach. Pro Tip: Use stuffed puffswho innovated the game of s’mores by wrapping their marshmallows with high-quality milk chocolate, for a significantly less messy experience.

Montauk Point Lighthouse: If back-to-back beach days are starting to get boring, visit the Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum for an uplifting and historic afternoon. Located adjacent to Montauk Point State Park, the iconic lighthouse has no shortage of unforgettable views and rich heritage.

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stuffed puffs

Where to stay

The Montauk Beach House: This hotel couldn’t offer a more central location if it tried. Not only is the Montauk Beach House just steps from the beach, but it’s also around the corner from Montauk’s main plaza, which is filled with restaurants, bars, shops, and even exercise studios. Plus, with pool access and an on-site restaurant, you can enjoy your getaway any way you like.

Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa: If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, the Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa at Gurney will have you feeling luxurious the moment you step onto the property. Known for its renowned saltwater spa, the Montauk institution also offers a private beach, fire pit and several restaurants – a complete one-stop destination for relaxation.

Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
The Montauk Beach House