Montauk >Food & Dining > Navy Beach
16 Navy Rd, Montauk, NY | Directions 1195441.044354 -71.959750
Sat 12pm-3pm, 6pm-12am
Sun 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-12am
Neighborhoods: Long Island
Good for a scence – Noisy, loud, out of most the food we wanted, wait staff was unfriendly, waitress poured water into my mojito and did not offer me a new one, food was ok... At least it was hot.
Citysearch Editorial Review – It’s tough breaking with tradition--especially when your mouth waters for a lobster roll from Lunch or a bowl of Gosman’s chowder--but a meal at this Montauk newcomer is worth the guilt of cheating on local favorites. Trendy but still family friendly, the ‘50s-inspired, nautically themed restaurant (think fisherman’s lanterns, plank ceilings, walls lined with a hodgepodge of vintage bathing suits and porthole windows) is the ideal spot from which to take in the stunning Fort Pond Bay sunset while seated at one of the outside picnic tables. The menu, which ranges from fried chicken to oyster escabeche, appeals to both families of four and the pre-Surf Lodge crowd.
i miss sunset saloon!!!! – Wow...I didn't think that the restaurant that replaced Sunset Saloon could be any worse...I always went to SS and endured the lousy food because the setting was so great (wonderful sunsets, great bay beachfront and a really chill scene -- great for kids too). There, nobody tried to even pretend that the place was high-end which gave it a sort of charm.
However...the problem with Navy Beach is that the food stinks, the service is HORRIBLE, and they were so unaccommodating that the night was very stressful from the get-go. My wife called and made a reservation for 12 and was told that sitting outside would be no problem. When we got there, the table was tiny and they refused to expand the table. This place epitomizes the problem that Montauk is becoming the Hamptons. Cocktails had no alcohol in them and by the end of the night we were starving and really needed a drink!
No need to waste your money – I went there recently with a friend, we sat down for a meal during the time between lunch and dinner.
Long story short is that after our food was put in front of us we were told by a rude manager to get up! Basically "Here is your ridiculously over priced food. Pay the check and find somewhere on the beach to eat!"
The Hamptons Scene You Fear – Now that the New York Times mentioned them they have gotten overwhelmed and have lost control over their restaurant. Someone come manage this place, please! Overcrowded place on a great space of beach ruined by too many people with too few wait staff to feed them. Why on earth do tourists to the Hamptons put up with this kind of scene over and over again? I was there last night with a friend and had to move tables three times by earpiece guys who still couldn't explain why burger never came. After an hour and a half we left, still not having been served. Why take reservations if you're not going to keep control of your staff/customer ratio? The place might be in a nice location but as it stands now, it's a little like trying to get a $100 meal on the Long Island Railroad during rush hour.
DMANBURGER "Navy Beach-Montauk" – DMANBURGER “Navy Beach”-Montauk,NY
May 4, 2010
Off the highway and down a desolate dirt road in the posh hamlet of Montauk is where you’ll find new restaurant, Navy Beach. A massive make-over reveals a smart-chic beachy restaurant with 200 ft of sand and serene views at its door step. A large bar anchors the dining room with white-washed panelling and exposed brick walls. The decor consists of nautical memorabilia, glossy photographs of swimsuit models, and wall mounted boxes housing vintage 1950′s style bathing suits and caps. Chef Paul La Bue is at the helm navigating a seasonal coastal favorite menu with an emphasis on local seafood. I was cordially invited by new owners Franklin Ferguson, Frank Davis and his wife Kristina, to the friends and family launch, which was filled with locals feeling excited and relieved that Navy Beach had graced their community. Apparently, the predecessor Sunset Saloon, hadn’t been anything special for the last couple of years.
My catch was The Navy Burger, an 8oz. meaty monstrosity constructed with a special hand ground beef blend from Cromer’s Market in Sag Harbor. The chef’s secret is a smokey sweet bacon marmalade which was generously slathered over the top of the patty. I was escorted to my beach-side perch along the far wall passing plenty of vino soaked patrons as they took advantage of the laid back vacay life style. The fire lights that were buried in the sand outside my window beautifully flickered as I struggled to see the menu. A happy haze came over me as I gained my thoughts and realized, ” I’m on the beach in Montauk, New York……not St. Barths or Anguilla! ” The server took my order as I settled in with a trio of blue points and a cold beverage to satisfy my sea-air propelled hunger. The oysters were meaty and smooth, with a hint of sweet-a perfect burger prelude.
The burger arrived glistening with fatty goodness as loads of thick gooey bacon marmalade cascaded on to the plate. The first bite was a party of flavor in my mouth, from the smokey sweetness of the marmalade, to the velvety creaminess of the cheese. The bun was a faux-Spotted Pig style grillade version, light and toasty and melt in your mouth. As I wiped the last thumb full of marmalade off my plate,I answered the waiter’s question “How was everything?? ” …without saying a word!
In addition to the burger the menu also features, Halibut Ceviche;Asian Chicken Salad with honey-miso dressing,Lobster Pot Pie and Pan-Roasted Filet with Lobster Tempura. The host and staff of Navy Beach made this moment memorable and definitely one I want to repeat.
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