Arrive at the month-old Navy Beach by 5:30 p.m. to commandeer a picnic table overlooking Fort Pond Bay. The coastal comfort food, like crab cakes, lobster rolls, and burgers ($15 to $31), is served in a space adorned with vintage fifties beach photos.
Call the day before to reserve a table facing Lake Montauk Cove at the Crow’s Nest restaurant (4 Old West Lake Drive; 631-668-2077), upgraded in June 2010 to emphasize the water views and locally sourced, Mediterranean-inspired seafood menu ($10 to $32). Star hotelier Sean MacPherson (of the Bowery and Jane hotels) is poised to gut-renovate and reopen the restaurant and adjoining fourteen-room inn for summer 2011.
Nurse a glass of wine ($10 to $12) at the new cocktail and appetizer lounge on the outdoor patio of Montauk classic Dave’s Grill, renovated in May 2010. Go for chef-owner Dave Marcley’s revered lobster roll, made with a half-pound of knuckle and claw meat—never tail meat—poached in warm butter and served on toasted brioche ($34.95).