The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan
Mellow Out in Montauk
While the South Fork's most remote beach town has spawned a growing nightlife scene in recent years, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy its natural beauty and quieter pleasures.
By Julie Earle-Levine
Saturday, April 27
1. Where to Stay
Wander into the Magic Garden at Ruschmeyer’s (from $195), a vast green space that’s perfect for chilling out in teepees, playing Ping-Pong, or lounging at movie night. The rooms are design-conscious and comfortable, with Moroccan rugs, wicker headboards, and cedar-plank walls. The mellow vibe continues in the morning, with a complimentary breakfast of fresh-pressed juices, Greek yogurt, and avocado toast.
Choose the most stylish new locale in town, the Montauk Beach House (from $479), which is opening for its first full summer this season. The rooms are all white or charcoal gray with leather loungers, coffee-table books, and modern art. This year, there’ll be silver costumed “mermaids” swimming in the pool for family photo ops and restored sixties Vespas for guests to use.
2. Where to Eat
Wiggle your toes in the sand as you dine at picnic tables at Navy Beach, where boats pull right up and guests sometimes swim ashore. The chef’s commitment to all things local is evident in new catch-of-the-day specials including a miso-marinated hake with charred scallion, shiitake, and mâche ($28). Have an early lunch and then snag a daybed for lounging and sample the great rosé selection before the sunset crowd arrives.
Taste freshly made tortillas and ceviches at La Brisa (752 Montauk Hwy.; no phone; opens May 10), a new spot from the team by New York’s Tacombi. The former La Bodega space has been completely revamped, and outdoor seating will be added soon. Get the chilaquiles verdes (two eggs over totopos salsa, $7.81) and down it with fresh Mexican-style juices ($5).
3. What to Do
Cast a line for marlin, tuna, and striped bass that will be in the waters this summer. For bait and tackle, head to Montauk Marine Basin (from $15) and then plant yourself on the large dock at Montauk Harbor. Once you’ve got your catch, have it prepared for you at “you hook, we cook” spots including Wok ‘N’ Roll (716 Main Street; 631-668-6688), Solé East, and Trails End.
Pick your own produce at Montauk’s community garden, on the grounds of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, every Saturday from 10 a.m. through the early afternoon. This season’s plantings include peas, broccoli, spinach, green beans, squash, and kale (pay for what you pick; all proceeds benefit the Montauk Food Pantry), and you can also choose flowers (sunflowers, dahlias, black-eyed Susans, and roses) that members will cut and help arrange.
4. Insider’s Tip
. Oddball Day