Time to point out the new eateries opening in Montauk for the summer season. And also bid goodbye to those restaurants that have shut their doors.
Arbor, a new restaurant on Flamingo, at 240 Fort Pond Road. This spot has seen lots of turnover as different owners have tried and failed to make a go of it. But Arbor is going to end that fate. The new owners have spared no expense in a breathtakingly beautiful interior and exterior renovation. Owned by Marc Rowan, who also bought Duryea's, and managed by Steven Jauffrinear, the menu is Mediterranean based and features local seafood and produce and 30+ wines and beers by the glass from around the world in all price ranges. The vibe is casual chic and fun.
Duryea's Lobster Deck has a new owner, Marc Rowan, and a new manager, Steven Jauffrinear this year. Over the winter crews have been busy with a total renovation not only of the deck but also of the interior space. Those who remember Duryea's will be pleased that the outdoor seating with the beautiful views is still there, but the tables are teak, not plastic. You still order from the window and take it to your table, but the menu choices have expanded. They still feature lobsters and lobster rolls.
Grey Lady has opened in the Harbor at 440 West Lake Drive at the site of the former Harbor restaurant and bar. Grey Lady is an outpost of the chain of the same name, with locations in New York City, Nantucket, and Aspen. They serve local fish and shellfish, along with a raw bar and other seasonal items. Grey Lady has inside and outside seating with views of Montauk Harbor 631-210-6249.
Naturally Good Cafe has another restaurant in town serving sandwiches, salads and other good things.
Dave's Gone Fishing. a new restaurant on East Lake Drive, is run by the very same Dave who made Dave's Grill in the harbor one of Montauk's premier restaurants for many years. Now located at the Gone Fishing Marina and called Dave's Gone Fishing, this spot will feature a small-plates seafood. The location is on a beautiful outside deck overlooking the harbor and the marina. Dave's will open sometime in June.
Soursop Tree Cafe
Clive Walker, who ran the kitchen for 20 years at the Shagwong restaurant has opened a Jamaican restaurant located just above Plaza Sports at the former home of Wok N Roll at 716 Montauk Highway. 631-483-5836..
Soursop Tree Cafe is an offshoot of the the original Soursop Tree Cafe in Jamaica, Queens.
The menu features jerk, curried, stewed or fried chicken at $15 to $21, and jerk pork with sweet potato pancakes for $23. Fish dishes include the ceviche-style escovitch, as well as “you hook ’em, we cook ’em” — a carry-over from Wok ’N Roll — that starts at $10.
A straightforward, beer-battered fish and chips costs $21. Stewed peas with pigtails are available weekends from $8 to $15.