Acai bowls from Happy Bowls.
Naturally Good's Cheryl Split Salad.
The menu and cookie jars at Joni's.
Greens on the beach from Joni's.
Evenings at Surf Lodge. (Photo courtesy of Surf Lodge)
The scene at Crow's Nest.
True to it’s “end of the world” nickname, Montauk is a seaside village that instantly transports visitors far away from the dirty NYC grind, and into a refreshing oasis of sand and sea air. Montauk’s culinary scene reflects the quaint village vibe and fresh local fare. Whether visiting for a relaxing escape, or a see and be seen weekend, the below spots are sure to revive.
BREAKFAST + LUNCH SPOTS
Happy Bowls // Montauk Highway – Aptly named, an acai bowl from Happy Bowls will leave you feeling healthy and happy. Opt for the Earth Bowl if you want to get in your daily greens, The Cure if combatting a late night out, or get creative and build your own bowl. My bowl usually end up including greens, blackberries and chocolate chips (a balanced bowl, or so I like to think..)
Joni’s Kitchen // South Etna Avenue – A goop girl herself, Joni welcomes the health-conscious crew into her cafe kitchen with an extensive selection of freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, smoothies alongside gluten free and vegan dessert options like chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and blondies. You can’t go wrong when ordering here but the greens-packed QE green juice, prity prity smoothie, gone fishin’ in a brown rice wrap, egg white cali style wrap are what we order on the regular.
Naturally Good Foods // Montauk Highway – A cafe and boutique grocery store, Naturally Good Foods is a great last lunch or brunch spot for a weekend trip. Eat outside in the backyard garden for a last dose of sunshine before stocking up inside on local produce and organic snacks for a train ride or drive back to the city. The Cheryl Split is a stand out, as is the Kim Chee salad with grilled fish.
Montauk Juice Company // South Etna Avenue – A relatively new addition to the downtown area, stop in for a juice post yoga class at Love Yoga or on your way to the beach. Hydrate with the green lemonade or pack a punch with the jalapeno-laced Dope Beet. Even though not in NYC, city prices still apply- 16 oz. juices are $11 per bottle but well worth the rejuvenation.
(You can also get fresh juices from Joni’s and Naturally Good!)
St. Peter’s Catch // South Erie Avenue – Conveniently located next to Montauk Brewing Company, St. Peter’s Catch is a fish market that boasts some of the freshest seafood in town. There is no seating inside, but order at the counter, and then grab a picnic table out front for an al fresco seafood feast. It’s BYOB, so pick up some rose or grab a local brew next door. All the seafood is great, but if you want to go all out, opt for the lobster dinner that comes with a side of corn, coleslaw and roast potatoes.
Crow’s Nest // Old West Lake Drive – The Crow’s Nest is one of Montauk’s most beautiful places to watch the sunset. Head around back to the casual beach bar and luxuriate on the lounge chairs with a fresh watermelon and basil-infused cocktail and some oysters. After the sun sets, visit the restaurant for a seasonal, Mediterranean-inspired meal (make a reservation before you go). The vibe is casual yet elegant, and fuses sophisticated NYC dining with a refreshing beach vibe.
Surf Lodge // Edgemere Street – The Surf Lodge has emerged as a hotel, restaurant, and nightlife staple to the Montauk summer scene. By day, visit the Surf Lodge for an array of classes – this summer they partnered with Well & Good to provide yoga, SLT, and wellness courses led by visiting NYC fan-favorite teachers. By night, enjoy musical performances (they have guests ranging from Icona Pop to Chromeo to St. Lucia) and drinks overlooking the water. While the food is fresh, we recommend going more for the vibe than the cuisine.