Tuesday, June 7, 2011
|Me with a Mojito at Surf Lodge. Don't know the dog's name but let's call him Mojito too!|
Thank goodness this year a friend made it possible to weekend in Montauk. Technically, I could even sound more bougie and say I went to the Hampton's for the holiday weekend, as you do have to drive through this illustrious spot to summer, before reaching Montauk.
Briney Breezes Motel on Old Montauk Hyway. The location is great, 5 minutes by car (15min on foot) from the touristy stores and eateries on Main Street. As you can see, the view looks right out over the ocean. The rooms are well-kept, comfortable, good size, our room was appointed with a galley kitchen, including full-size refrigerator, nice Correll dishes and stainless steel tea kettle. The outdoor pool is heated, people were friendly, no complaints... except...
If you are looking for a funkier, surfer, younger, trendier scene, than it's better to stay near the bay at Ruschmeyers or The Surf Lodge (more on these places below). Briney Breezes is for families: families with young children, big family reunions, families where the men folk hang out on the balcony morning, noon and night.
We'd heard the Gurney Inn Resort and Spa was a great place to hang out, but we didn't care for the vibe. Their restaurant The Sea Grille, put me in mind of a cruiseship dining room, over-sized, generically appointed, too much air-conditioning blowing around, and when we requested the air be turned down, we were told it's either on or off. When asked if we could be seated outside, they replied we're not seating outside for dinner. A horribly shrill fire alarm went off twice during our meal, lasting less than a minute each time, but felt longer. A waitress casually informed us that when the steam room gets to a certain temperature it sets off the alarm. Uh.. isn't this something a spa resort should have remedied by now?
2 Tines for the actual meal, Tarnished for our over-all experience of The Sea Grille. (* Excellent - 4 Tines / * Great - 3 Tines / * Good - 2 Tines / * Fair - 1 Tine / * Poor - Tarnished)
The most popular place to eat in town is Joni's, always busy, tiny, just one long picnic table inside and about 5 picnic tables on the outside. Mostly they do a swift take-out business. The offerings are all healthy, organic, expensive - you know, wrap sandwiches, carrot soup, tofu, all basically tasteless. I had a bland turkey sandwich and a peppery, but flavorless fish taco, never got to try the uber popular smoothies. Don't mean to sound down on Jonie's, it's a fine establishment, I just don't particularly like eating healthy on vacation, it kinda takes away from that decadent "I don't care about anything till I return to real life glow". But I'm flexible. And when someone else picks up the tab, I'm very flexible.
Hopefully I'll have an opportunity to return to "The End", (Montauk's t-shirt tag, for the tip of Long Island) and just park my car for the whole time I'm there and bring or rent a bike. We kept putting addresses into our GPS for shops and bars and restaurants, the poor GPS lady we refered to as Clara, kept getting confused because we were always basically 2 minutes away from the address we put in.
|Floyd from Ruschmeyer's|
Ruschmeyer's openend Memorial Weekend, so it was impossible to get a table for dinner. But we did explore the place during the day and were treated to a fantastic, sumptuous complimentary continental breakfast, after making friends with Floyd. I really want to stay here next time, plus they provide the most adorable bycicles for their guests.
Daily Front Row: Ruschmeyer's, the new hotel/watering hole/"kitchen"/disco from Surf Lodge impresarios Ben Pundole and Robert McKinley, just opened on Friday, (located at 161 Second House Road, just down the way from Solé East) is looking decidedly like a late-night spot. Come for the monkfish curry (courtesy of the guys behind LES obsession-du-jour Fat Radish) or the bacon-topped cheeseburger (the same one FR regulars know and love) and stay for the jalapeno-infused margarita or some dancing at adjacent "disco" The Electric Eel, where on Saturday night, DJ Chelsea Leyland was spinning a little Florence, a little Pulp Fiction. Bottom line: it works.
We also weren't able to get a reservation all weekend for the aforementioned Surf Lodge; however, the food cart outside of the SL is tasty! They offered lobster rolls, but we went for the teryaki chicken, coconut rice and macaroni salad for $10.
On a holiday weekend, this rambling shack turned hotel/restaurnt/club, belongs to the beautiful and wealthy Drexel, Penn student types, some of their parents and some of the Hamptoners doing a little "slumming". We were told it's more chill during most of the summer and particularly during the week.
Despite feeling not quite up to par with this crowd, no matter how fabulous I may be - it was still fun to hangout at night and listen to music - Saturday's band, Delilah was particularly good, too bad we got kicked out of the reserved section, cause we were the only ones enjoying the band, the revelers didn't give a crap, might as well been a DJ. Later we Googled Delilah and found out they are a top band on the rise, getting a lot of attention in NY and the UK, featuring a kinda famous playboy, former model, front man named Jamie Burke.
Well, post is going too long, so we can't go into ice cream and pancake houses, but I did take some great surfers on the beach shots at Ditch Plains click HERE to see them on facebook.