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.
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.
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