As the Hamptons continue to colonize the far East End, these spots hark back to a saltier era.
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Duryea’s Lobster Deck and Seafood Market
With buildings that date to the 1920s and were part of the original Montauk fishing village on Fort Pond Bay, Duryea’s has an authenticity that’s undeniable. Lunch and dinner are served seven days a week and include the freshest lobster, mussels, and flounder you can find on the East End. Go for sunset: Bring a bottle of rosé, order a lobster roll, and sit out on the plastic chairs by the water. Summer in the Northeast doesn’t get better than this. Duryea’s Lobster Deck and Seafood Market: 65 Tuthill Road, 631.668.2410
Hidden out by Diamond Cove Marina, this open-air joint has an apt name. The Hideaway overlooks Lake Montauk and makes everything from scratch, including salsas, tamales, and sopes. The food is simple and plentiful, from Mexican staples such as tacos and quesadillas to house-smoked barbecue to steamed mussels and shrimp. Thirty tequila options and a killer peach sangria don’t hurt either. The Hideaway: 364 West Lake Drive, 631.668.6592
If you’re looking for a drink-with-the-local-fishermen vibe, the Shagwong is the spot. Established in 1969 and one of the few Montauk restaurants open year-round, the tavern has a reputation for being one of the original hot spots in town. With lots of seafaring history, the Shagwong encapsulates the salty character of Montauk. Shagwong Restaurant: 774 Main Street, 631.668.3050
Star Island Grill
Star Island Grill, part of the Star Island Yacht Club & Marina, hosts a slew of boaters and locals searching for a view of Montauk Bay and the fresh local catch. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the seaside spot offers a variety of casual lunch options, including fish sandwiches, lobster rolls, and fried calamari. Star Island Grill also opens early for a fishermen’s breakfast, and if you catch anything, the chefs will prepare and cook it for you. Star Island Grill: Star Island Road, 631.668.5052