Duryea in Montauk, NY

Duryea in Montauk, NY: The Lobster Roll and The Views Rock!

The lobster roll is excellent - and expensive, at $45, but this is the Hamptons after all, beware! Not sure what they put in this, it's a one-of-a-kind experience. Maybe it does not have quite the refinement of the roll you'll get at The Bernardin in New York City or the pure freshness slash taste bud capital delight the roll you'll get at Neptune Oyster in Boston's North End, but it's truly an enjoyable ride. No need to order French fries with it by the way, the roll comes with chips that are good enough (but nothing to write home about) and not too salty.

This said, the French fries make for another feast. The portions are massive and potatoes light and tasty. We did not order salads, but those likewise come in huge quantities and are quite appealing to the eye. Guests seemed to love them. The grilled swordfish with market veggies ordered by another party also looked delicious; we may consider next time. Enjoy!

Not everything's nearly as good, though. The clam chowder was a disappointment, as was a shrimp dish, which my wife returned. Management was quick to take it off the check, and service was overall impeccable.  

Duryea's Montauk doesn't serve cocktails. Wine and beer only. It allows corkage. $75 per 750ml bottle, per the restaurant's website.

Duryea in Montauk, NY

The ambiance is pleasant and rather soothing, with drapes in lieu of a roof, all or at least most tables have great views of the surrounding waters, and you could nearly go for a swim between dishes. There is docking for customers only, on a first come, first served basis. The largest boat the restaurant can accommodate is 140 ft (mine is a Camray, no sweat!). There is no overnight dockage or hanging in the slips.

The restaurant does not take reservations and it is seasonal (open from mid-May to end of September), closing this year on 9/24. Pets are not allowed. Plan accordingly. 

Overall, a very pleasant experience, but beware both the rather steep price and a couple of hiccups...

We'll be back.