16 Navy Rd. Montauk, NY 631-668-6868
There are restaurants with water views and restaurants that are almost in the water. Navy Beach is truly beachfront. And also very good for eclectic, "coastal cuisine," small-plate and large. Local-catch seviche, mahi-mahi fish tacos, lobster roll with fries, clam-and-corn chowder, ample seafood and chips, rich seared sea scallops. Crunchy, buttermilk-fried chicken, strip steak, and a burger with onion marmalade also satisfy.
The Navy Road address, usually known for its beachfront site and sunset view more than for the restaurants that have occupied it, now is the residence of Navy Beach. You'll find a beach-house style, homey fare and seafood from veteran chef Paul LaBue. The venue is also a nightlife destination. It hosts live reggae, blues and ska music on Saturday nights. Bottle service? Forget it - this is attitude-free Montauk we're talking about, so everyone is encouraged to sit outside at the picnic tables or gather Adirondack chairs around tree stumps, which serve as makeshift tables, for cocktails such as the "Navy Grog" ($12, dark and light rum, grapefruit, orange, pineapple) and the "Port Royale" ($12, Bacardi Limon, St. Germain, dry vermouth).