A weekend in Montauk

by

Kristy Diederiks

     Summer is a wonderful time to spend by the beach, especially in beautiful Montauk. The daytime was spent at Ditch Plains Beach relaxing in the sand with the sun on our faces and taking a dip in the ocean. The 668 Gig Shack was my favorite go-to restaurant during the day. The staff were all so friendly and welcoming. The owners were there and talking to all the guests, felt like a home environment.  The food there is great for lunchtime. My favorites were the Pulled Pork Empanadas, the Grilled “Pat La Frieda” Burger with Fries and the Lamborghinis.  The drinks were also on point, they even have their own whiskey, Montauk Hard Label Whiskey, created by one of their bartenders.  After all the sun and food relaxing for a bit in our Air BnB was definitely needed.  Night time dinner reservations were at Scarpetta Beach, located inside the amazing Gurneys Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa. The décor is beautifully done, and the setting is romantic and modern.  Dinner was absolutely delightful from start to finish.  We started off with the Creamy Polenta and Balsamic-Glazed Pork Belly. For pasta course we shared the Short Rib and Bone Marrow Agnolotti and Cavatelli with Spring Vegetable, Wild Mushroom, and Goat Cheese Crema.  Dinner course we had the Colorado Lamb Loin and Branzino.  We ended the meal with the Valrhona Chocolate Cake and Dulcey Cheesecake.  Everything was incredible.  The chefs there certainly know how to make a delicious meal that was like nothing I have ever tasted.  Day two we spent the morning at Montauk Lighthouse and Museum. We walked around the grounds and the museum learning all about the history.  We then climbed to the top of the lighthouse and took in the views. We grabbed a quick bite to eat at John’s Drive In and went right next door to Puff and Putt Family Fun Center and played a round of competitive mini golf.  After losing terribly, we went back to get ready for a much-needed night out.  We started off at Swallow East, which is a nice indoor/outdoor rustic restaurant and bar with live music outside.  Our meal again was great, we started off with Fried Calamari and Roasted Cauliflower.  We followed it with Pork Tacos, Angus Sliders, and Orzo Mac and Cheese.  There specialty cocktails were the perfect match with our food. The open kitchen there is also a great feature because you get to see the chefs in action and see how everything is made.  We then went back to the 668 Gig Shack to start off with drinks, especially the Whiskey, before heading to The Point Bar and Grille where there was music, dancing, and a lot of fun.  Clearly this is the place to be at night because there were so many people having nothing but fun.  Our last day we decided to have a lovely lunch at Top Side, located in Gosmans, right on the water with the most beautiful views.  Overall, our weekend in Montauk was spectacular, from the food to the night scene and beautiful views.  I cannot wait to plan another weekend trip there and try even more things.

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