This summer, I was lucky enough to head to Montauk for a few weekends. A total of three hours out of NYC on the Long Island Railroad, this little slice of home was a total escape from the city summer. Also known as “The End”, Montauk is filled with bars, restaurants, fashion boutiques and quaint locals spots sure to make you forget the reality of the near approaching Monday morning. Here, I’ve written everything you need to know for an escape from the city.
Probably my most loved out of them all. Walking onto a wooden deck with lights hung like fire-flies, Crows Nest is the perfect spot to take that special someone. Inside the restaurant there seemed to be at least a two hour wait, maybe more, so we settle with walking down to the water, getting cosy on a couch with a watermelon cocktail and watching the sherbet sunset set before us (not a bad consolation). The whole bar was buzzing with excited energy, if only we could get a reservation next time!
A super laid back clothing store created with the inspiration of “surfing, fishing, and a sense of community.” The storefront doubles as a design studio, filled with handmade T-shirts, handbags, and accessories. Great to pick up a ‘souvenir’ that’s not from a tacky tourist spot.
The soft shell crab sandwich is to die for, and the fresh sushi will have you craving it again for days. The lines will be long if you haven’t got a reservation, but they have a rooftop deck and live music upstairs so you can chill out and enjoy to view with a fresh beverage before your table is ready.
* Tip: Bike around! We were lucky enough to have bikes in the accommodation we were with, but it’s really the best way to get around.
OLD MONTAUK HIGHWAY
If you have a car for the weekend, take a drive down the Old Monatuk Highway down to East Hampton. Stopping along the way you’ll find luxury ocean front houses, the occasional market carts selling fresh produce and my favorite, the Lobster Roll lunch stop off. Staying true to the Montauk way, don’t be fooled that this just is a pit stop off the side of the high-way. The lobster roll will still set you back about $25 at market price, despite being served in those ‘retro’ red plastic bowls, but hey – it’s fresh and it’s really, really good.
BLUESTONE LANE MONTAUK
I’m a sucker for any Bluestone Location, and Bluestones Montauk Highway store is nothing less than my expectations. For a start, they have a partnership with Cotton On (a well known Australian clothing label) which is super cheap for us here in the U.S.! Que the giant blow-up donuts and lemon wedges, large straw hats and roundie towels you can grab before heading to the beach that day. My favorite part though are their custom Bluestone surfboards designed and made in Melbourne, Australia. Don’t forget to get a Bluestone bottled cold brew or pressed juice on your way out.
Head here for the day to laze on the open couches by the sea, or by night to party in what feels like a yacht washed ashore. Filled with nautical-themed décor, the menu will take you out on the high seas – minus the seasickness. Enjoy the sunset from one of the dining areas porthole windows, or by the beach – either way you will have one hell of a good time.
DURYEA’S LOBSTER DECK
I’ve never been to Santorini, but Duryea’s seems like it’s pretty damn close. The perfect spot to watch the sunset, have a few drinks and a mouthwatering lobster roll. Not to mention walking down Duryea’s Deck is something like out of a movie – so pretty!
*Tip: In need of a cheap, quick breakfast? Head to Goldberg’s famous Bagels & Flagels and pick up a meal for under $5.
THE SURF LODGE
Typical and expected, but this wouldn’t be a great top things to do in Monatuk if it wasn’t said. The iconic Surf Lodge is just an all round fun place to be. Saturday and Sunday mornings they also have free Yoga on the deck for anyone that wants to start detoxing from the night before.
If you want somewhere a lot more low key, head to The Dock Grill & Bar at the docks. The beers and cheap and the atmosphere is rowdy while still situated right on the water.
What are your favorite things to do in Montauk? Leave a comment below I would love to check it out!