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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Summer on the Cheap in Montauk


2. Where to Eat

Ditch Witch  

Watch surfers get first breaks at Ditch Plains while you eat breakfast at Ditch Witch (40 Deforest Road; no phone), a takeout wagon in the East Deck Motel parking lot. This popular, family-run stand whips up fantastic iced coffee and breakfast burritos, plus a killer sesame-noodle salad.

Lunch alfresco at the BYOB seafood shack Duryea's Lobster Deck overlooking Fort Pond Bay. Order a lobster roll or the broiled flounder with coleslaw and baked potato—a pager will signal when your food’s ready. For booze provisions, detour to Finest Kind Wines & Liquors (552 West Lake Drive; 631-668-9463) near the harbor and take advantage of great recommendations, like a Macon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay, for under $10.

668 the Gigshack (782 Main Street; 631-668-2727) turns out fantastic Latin-inspired dishes, barbecue plates, and fresh seafood. Pair the Moroccan lamb sliders or the Montacos, fresh-fish tacos with mango salsa, with one of 30 beer choices.

A reservation at secluded Harvest on Fort Pond is worth the necessary advance planning (reservations must be made exactly one week ahead). Tuscan-inspired dishes like bruschetta with mixed seafood and penne with sautéed asparagus, mushrooms, and mascarpone cheese are served family style—three dishes plus a couple of appetizers can easily satisfy a party of six, with leftovers to spare.

Published on Jun 13, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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