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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

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5. Oddball Day


Paddleboard on Lake Montauk, then snag a seat at the Montauket for sunset cocktails.   

Kick-start the day at Coffee Tauk, a highly caffeinated, month-old espresso joint where all the baristas have more than four years of training. Order the New Orleans iced coffee, made with chicory, sweetened whole milk, and beans that have been cold-brewed for twelve hours ($2.50). Head half a block east to Naturally Good Foods & Café for vegan and organic brunch fare like mango raspberry scones (baked in-house) and egg breakfast tortillas ($4.95). Walk off breakfast a half-block south along the Atlantic, then circle back for an hour-and-fifteen-minute class at the month-old Love, A Yoga Space ($18), where artful graffiti covers the walls and a corner hammock invites post-class lounging. Test your newfound sense of calm with a surf lesson by Love’s in-house pro Mikey DeTemple, the 2009 East Cost surfing champion, at the Dirt Lot at Ditch Plains ($150 per hour, boards provided), or opt for a two-hour stand-up paddleboarding tutorial along the Western part of Lake Montauk with Gina Bradley, a.k.a. the Paddle Diva ($150; like kayaking, but standing upright on a long board). Afterward, order a round of shrimp tacos on blue corn tortillas at Montaco (follow their tweets for location @montacotruck), a fuchsia-colored taco truck that will be pulling up to Ditch starting July 4, and watch the pros ride the waves. Cap off the day with Pirate Juice cocktails (a mix of spiced rum and ginger beer, $8) at the Montauket for the sunset views over Fort Pond and a mix of Montauk weekenders and locals.


Published on Jun 17, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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