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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Summer on the Cheap in Montauk

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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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