Summertime in Montauk

The Montauk Lighthouse in Montauk, NY

On Saturday we took a day trip across Long Island to Montauk to eat lobster rolls, relax on the beach and stroll around the village.

We got our rental car as early as we could stand and, after fighting a bit of traffic on the Long Island Expressway, made it out of Manhattan and Queens towards Long Island.

La Fondita in the Hamptons

La Fondita in Amagansett, New York

La Fondita tacos in Amagansett near Montauk

Our first stop was La Fondita in Amagansett, where we paused for some lunch. La Fondita features traditional Mexican cooking, with obviously amazing fish tacos; it’s a must-visit nearly every time we go to Montauk. After getting full on tacos and micheladas, we finished the drive into town.

Our first order of business was to stock up cookies for beach lounging from the new Momofuku Milk Bar stand, adjacent to Cynthia Rowley’s cute surf-shack boutique. Armed with a box of six cookies, we hit the beach and proceeded to do absolutely nothing for the next couple of hours.

Cynthia Rowley Montauk shop in the Hamptons

Ryan Smith on the beach in Montauk, New York

Montauk Lifeguard on the Beach

Duryea's lobster deck in Montauk

Duryea's Lobster Menu in Montauk, NY

The best lobster roll in Montauk in the hamptons

The dock at Duryea's Lobster Dock

The highlight of our day was dinner at Duryea’s Lobster Deck. Not so much a restaurant as it is a fish market, Duryea’s has just a few tables where they serve the day’s catch (and of course, lobsters). Duryea’s is one the biggest seafood wholesalers in the New York area, and their restaurant—situated right on the docks—is something of a cult favorite. With a no-frills menu of fish and shellfish, cash-only and BYOB, Duryea’s is simple perfection—watching the sun set over the water while cracking open a freshly steamed lobster and sipping wine from a paper cup.

As we finished eating up our lobster roll and broiled flounder, we could hardly believe it was time to head back to the city. For the rest of the summer, every time we see one of their wholesale trucks driving through the city, we’ll immediately be transported back to those docks.

– Ryan and Laura

Montauk community garden

Montauk Florist

An afternoon on the beach in Montauk, New York

Rocks in the Atlantic Ocean

A flower planter made from an old boat

A bait and tackle shop in Montauk

A sunset over Montauk on the weekend

4 thoughts on “Summertime in Montauk”

  • This looks so picture-perfect. I’ve always heard about Montauk, but have never been, and never really looked into it. This definitely changes things!

  • We spent so much time out east in the beginning of the summer and seeing these photos is making me want to go back right now. A trip isn’t in the plans until September but I can’t wait to visit Montauk and check out Duryea’s. Actually our favorite lobster place is Stewart’s in Amagansett where we buy our lobsters cooked and cracked and then bring them home to eat outside or make a picnic for the beach. They also have delicious shrimp salad and homemade spreads for bagels. We also LOVE La Fondita and its sister Townline BBQ in Watermill. SO GOOD. We stop there especially when we’re out there in the winter and in need of a hearty meal.

  • Awesome job! Really good pictures you just describe montauk the way it is, great times on the beach, breath taking views, amazing sunsets and more.
    But also montauk has a great nightlife and people also get here you have fun in many clubs from the famous surflodge, the point, the old melody motel and many more, just remember to go out with a designated driver or call a car service, is very important to be safe specialy with people drinking and driving, no just do it for you self also for the ones you love.
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