by Mike Virgintino,
Montauk is not just about beaches and ocean. The end of Long Island attracts many people who enjoy fresh seafood and entertainment. After a day at the beach, on the ocean, or enjoying some of the other popular attractions found in Montauk, it is time for a great meal and a night of fun. Beyond the food offerings, Montauk’s restaurants and clubs also are known for unique venues, great views and outstanding entertainment.
Anthony’s Pancake and Waffle House is on Main Street and has been serving locals and tourists since 1952. The traditional items such as French toast and omelets are on the menu but so are fruit-filled pancakes. Lunchtime includes Greek specialties such as salads and gyros, and Anthony’s also has soda fountain favorites that include floats and sundaes. Open daily year-round. No credit cards. Gosman’s Dock Restaurant has been a local favorite since 1943, especially for lobsters served as you like it. At the mouth of Montauk Harbor, diners can eat outdoors or inside. Open everyday May through October. Shagwong Restaurant has been a Main Street anchor for more than 40 years. A favorite with locals along with tourists, it serves lunch, dinner and light supper fare until midnight. The focus is on American dishes and fresh local seafood. A daily early bird special is offered and dieters’ choices are on the menu. Open every day all year. John’s Drive-In on Montauk Highway is the area’s only old fashioned drive-in restaurant. Home-made ice cream covers the menu and includes hard and soft ice cream that can be enjoyed in cones, sundaes, sodas, shakes, malts and cakes. Burgers and fries, fish and chips and much more are made to order. Try the grilled chicken on ciabatta bread. Call ahead for take-out orders.
Nicks on the Beach is a unique place. Its oceanfront spot in the village allows it to be a restaurant, beach bar and nightclub. It has a sunlit atrium-like dining room and outdoor deck that overlook the ocean. The outdoor Boat Bar downstairs features live music during the afternoon. The nightclub rocks with DJs every night beginning at 11. A number of other popular bars and clubs are rocking until the morning hours. These include The Point Bar and Grill, O’Murphy’s and The Barracuda Bar & Turtle Lounge. Free evening summer concerts are held weekly on the village green. Different bands perform every Monday during July (start time is 6 p.m.) and August (6:30 p.m. start time). The Montauk Artists Association, started by jazz musician Percy Heath, is located at the Depot Gallery that once was the old Long Island Rail Road station. Shows are held throughout the year. The most popular gathering is the Montauk Art Show on the Green during mid-August.