My and my husband’s second visit to Navy Beach, and our first visit for dinner, was a hit. Navy beach is currently in their sixth season. As I am falling in love with Montauk more each time we drive in, I am discovering even more places to enjoy a memorable meal paired with stunning views on the beach. Navy Beach is a casual beachfront restaurant, just one step and your feet touch the sand. This is a magnificent restaurant where you could bring your whole family, choose to sit outside and watch the sunset across the water or dine inside in the laid-back, nautical-themed dining area. The bar area is also very spread out with plenty of standing room. Since the restaurant is located on the North Side of the South Fork, Navy Beach is one of the best locations to catch the sun setting.
We were greeted by the cordial hostesses and seated within less than minute of our 5:30pm arrival last Saturday. We sat at a side table with a stunning view of the water and noticed that the restaurant was quickly beginning to fill up within just fifteen minutes of our arrival. Navy Beach is family-friendly and they have their own mini children’s menu. There was room for Sarah’s stroller and she went from sitting there to next to me in the high chair.
My husband had a glass of Sauvignon blanc and I tried their Fort Pond Bay: Rosé, Grey Goose l’Orange, Raspberry, Cucumber ($13). It was very light and refreshing and I loved the raspberry and cucumber infusion.
The small plate dish we chose to try was the Yunnan Ribs: Chili, Caramel, and Scallion ($15). This is one of their most popular small plate dishes aside from the Edamame: Sea Salt, Miso-Yuzu Butter; and their Montauk Clam & Corn Chowder: Bacon, Chives, and Basil Oil. The ribs were nothing short of mouthwatering heaven. Each rib had a zesty, sweet bite and was marinated perfectly. I would order these again in an instant. I recommend sharing two to three small plates if you are just feeling peckish.
For dinner, my husband ordered the Cripsy Fish Tacos, 3 to an order: Mahi Mahi, pico de gallo, and topped with a lime crema ($12)/small plate special of the day; and I had the Grilled Sea Scallops: Arugula, Snow Peas, Pea Shoots, and Chorizo Brown Butter ($32). The snow peas were crunchy and seasoned well, and I loved that ribbon of brown butter in each of the four, large scallops. The fish tacos were very Montauk: fresh, flavorful and piquant. Just the right portion too while still having some room for dessert.
Our dessert that we split was the Triple Layer Chocolate Mousse. The mousse was exquisite; you could taste the distinct white, milk and dark chocolate layer in each spoonful. I highly recommend this and look at how photogenic it is. The presentation was so lovely and I loved the strawberry drizzle and fresh strawberry garnish. Their dessert selection changes daily.
Favorite food items include their Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($26) and the new MTK Seafood Stew ($34) with prawns, clams, mussels, squid, and cod. Navy Beach will be hosting Reggae Sundays Sunset Sets again this summer,which features local favorites Winston Irie and Twister beginning in late June to Labor Day. Nancy Atlas will play on select Fridays on the beachfront. On June 13th, the restaurant will host its third annual fundraiser for the Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF) with a cocktail party from 4-6pm. The money raised, in addition to $1 added to each check from Memorial Day until Labor Day, will go to Navy SEALS and their families. “The event is important for Navy Beach because the Navy used to be stationed at the beach years ago,” explains Restaurant Manager Lauren DeMeo. “While they were stationed here in order to accommodate the large boats, the Navy dug out the water in front of the restaurant, so the water is super deep not that far out.” During the event, there will be a silent auction and Navy SEALS will arrive in uniform.
The restaurant’s popular themed American Summer Riviera Weekend will return on July 25 & 26, featuring two days of Riviera-inspired revelry filled with rosé, boats in the bay and sun-soakers on the sand clad in Riviera-inspired attire with special guest photographer James Katsipis on-site for the festivities.
Navy Beach is currently open from Thursday thru Sunday; lunch is served Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12pm dinner is served beginning at 5:30pm. Beginning June 12th until Labor Day, lunch and dinner will be served seven days a week. For more information, please visit http://www.navybeach.com. Please note the days on their calendar on their website when they are closed for private events.