Hook ’em & Cook ’em with Barcelona Wine Bar at Navy Beach took place on Wednesday, September 6 from 7-10pm. This event was an Exclusive Dock-to-Dish Inspired Culinary Competition and Private Dinner held at one of Montauk’s Favored Beach-side Dining Destinations.
Guests were invited to join 14 Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant chefs from across the country, along with James Beard Award winner Christopher Lee, at Montauk’s famed Navy Beach, as they return from a day on the open water catching fluke, striped bass, and bluefish. No fluke was caught that morning, thus striped bass was substituted. Using their respective ‘catch of the day’, the chefs prepared an exclusive family-style meal that included produce, seafood, beer, and wine from local partners Amber Waves Farm, Dock to Dish, Montauk Brewing Company, and Paumanok Vineyards.
Duryea’s Lobster Deck, set on Fort Pond Bay in Montauk and just a minute away from the train station, is a laid-back, family-friendly restaurant and market offering indoor and outdoor seating for lunch and dinner. What I love about Duryea’s is you could sit here for hours if you would like, taking in the breathtaking view and salty sea air. Service was above and beyond during this particular visit, water was provided consistently throughout our meal and we were checked on accordingly.
New this year is their exclusive private dining area and the oyster bar. The new private dining area is located just above the main lobster deck and accommodates 30 people for a sit-down event or more for a cocktail event. Sweeping views of Fort Pond Bay paired with incredible sunsets makes this a perfect spot for a summer dinner party. The new oyster bar at Duryea’s offers oysters, champagne and wine. The oyster bar, located just adjacent to the fish market at Duryea’s, offers Montauk Pearl, Orient Point, Blue Point and Kumamoto oysters by the dozen. You may pair your oysters with a selection of rosés, whites and reds as well as a few select champagnes.
I am honored to introduce my readers to Chef James Tchinnis, The Executive Chef and Owner of Swallow Restaurant in Huntington and Swallow East in Montauk. Chef Tchinnis’s cuisine focuses on casual, sophisticated new American fare with a dash of decadence and an emphasis on local ingredients. A Long Island Native, he has been around great food all his life. His mother cooked regularly at home, exposing Tchinnis to a range of eclectic cuisines and opening his eyes to new flavors and techniques. He is a French Culinary Institute graduate (now The International Culinary Center) and has since worked in some of the finest restaurants in New York, including Le Cirque, The Grand Havana Room and Aliah.
In October 2010, he and his wife, Julie, opened Swallow Restaurant (Little Swallow) in Huntington Village, which was instantly met with rave reviews. At the time, it was a cozy 20-seat restaurant with an open kitchen and an eclectic menu of New American small plates. The popularity grew so quickly, that an expansion was inevitable. In 2013, Swallow completed a renovation that tripled its size. It was in 2012 that Chef Tchinnis opened Swallow East. The restaurant quickly earned a reputation as one of Montauk’s best. Many with whom I have spoken to highly recommended I come to Swallow East. It truly is one of the best spots to dine not only in Montauk but on the East End and for many reasons: family-friendly, fresh local cuisine, and an exceptionally dedicated waitstaff.
Located at At Knowhere (aka Breakers MTK) at 769 Old Montauk Highway, Seamore’s opened their flagship outpost in Montauk in early July. A stunning ocean view just across the highway awaits visitors to this hip, laid-back dining spot. The dining room is on the upstairs deck and offers outdoor and indoor seating. We chose to sit inside as we preferred a quieter dining experience. It was already getting busy at just before 6pm on a Wednesday with most guests choosing to sit on the deck. There’s also a covered bar below the restaurant overlooking the pool. On the opposite side of the property, there is a spacious lawn for playing outdoor games and for a piece of relaxation.
To drink, my husband had the Montauk ‘Wave Chaser’ on draft ($10) and I had the Cucumber Mint Fresca ($6). The also have a Watermelon Aguas Frescas. I loved that the Fresca was not sweetened and was very thirst quenching. A wedge of lime added the perfect citrus touch. There’s also a curated cocktail menu and wine list.
It is such an honor to once again visit the Montauk Yacht Club, located in the heart of Montauk. If you have not visited or have dined at their restaurant, The Coast Kitchen, now is the time to do so. The resort is a private oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Long Island’s easternmost town. The restaurant has created several new changes, including an expansion and revamp of its menu with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and local catches.
The new Coast Kitchen headed by new Executive Chef Richard Hebson. Hebson, most recently of the First and South in Greenport, is a veteran country club chef and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Chef Hebson is one of the most versatile and talented chefs on the East End. Every dish he creates is exceptional and five star worthy! His menu features several items from the land and sea, including Lobster Corn Chowder, Tuna Poke, Jumbo Lump Crab & Avocado, Filet Mignon, and Cocoa Cured Short Ribs.