Ah Labor Day. The unofficial end of the summer. It is always a bittersweet time for me – I’m sad that the warm weather is ending, but at the same time, excited for everyone to reunite on the weekends in NYC, fall clothing, Autumn leaves etc.
We decided to spend this Labor Day in Montauk for one final Hamptons hoorah to send the summer into oblivion.
For those of you unfamiliar with The Surf Lodge, think of it as a hotel/restaurant/nightlife mash-up, sitting along the coastlines of beautiful Montauk. Out of everywhere I’ve been at night out there, this was by far my favorite spot.
There were no open reservations when I checked prior to the weekend on Opentable.com, however, we got there early enough where the wait wasn’t too bad. Not to mention the fact that you can easily occupy your time with a few cocktails at the outside (or inside) bar.
Spearheaded by Executive Chef Chris Rendell, Byron, named after Australian surf town Byron Bay, is focused heavily on seafood.
When we first sat they brought us some crackers and olive tapenade:
According to our waiter, of the starters, the following were gluten-free: Watermelon Salad, Asparagus & Red Quinoa Salad, Daily Sashimi (without the soy sauce), Diver Caught Scallops (without the soy sauce) and BBQ Long Island Duck.
I went with the:
Diver Caught Scallops w/ Cashew-Chili Relish & Baby Snow Pea Shoots (gluten-free without the soy sauce): Cooked perfectly (browned on outside) and on the smaller side, which I like. The cashew relish offered a nice crunchy, and flavorful contrast.
Burrata with Heirloom Tomatoes & Olive Oil (gluten-free): Those look like chia seeds on top but those are actually the tomato seeds. It was light and refreshing.
From the main courses, the following were gluten-free: Summer Squash Curry, Half Chicken, Steamed Fluke (without the soy sauce), Tuna, Grilled Whole Fish, Rib Eye Steak.
Black Pepper Crusted Chilled Tuna w/ Red Onion Worcestershire Dressing & Avocado-Green Bean Salad (gluten-free): I was nervous that we ordered too much food but this was a perfect size. For $30 you might expect more tuna, but for my appetite it was just fitting – and delicious.
My friends got:
Rib Eye Steak w/ Baby Pearl Onions Jus, Slow Roasted Tomatoes (gluten-free): Massive piece of meat.
Steamed Fluke w/ Baby Bok Choy, Scallion Pickled Ginger Salad & Sesame Broth (gluten-free without the soy sauce): This was with the sauce so I didn’t try it.
After dinner we headed outside, grabbed a few chairs & drinks and hung out until the crowd started to form. This was our first, but definitely not the last time visiting this place. By far my favorite nightly hang out in Montauk.
The Surf Lodge
Pros: Delicious, fresh food. Awesome atmosphere, including the crowd.
Cons: Expensive and closes on the earlier side.