The Surf Lodge is the perfect antidote to a frenzied week in the city. This chic, eternal-summer lodging and restaurant is set just off the road on Edgemere Street close to the heart of Montauk. This is a fun place to be with plenty going on during the season, from concerts out on the deck (I heard it can get very crowded) to pop fitness classes on the weekends. The Surf Lodge caters mostly to a millennial crowd that want to kick back and relax during the day and jump into the revelry at night.
We brought our Sarah along with us for our first dining experience here. She loved sitting outside on the back deck and saying hello to the guests enjoying their drinks. Everyone we encountered was so friendly and obliging. I loved the outdoor decor with the colorful metal chairs, strung lights, and a campfire. It reminded me of Hawaii. The interior walls had a personality of their own, with a vibrant collection photos of the beach, children, musical elements and landscape scenes. We chose to sit inside as the breeze come from Fort Pond Bay was a bit chilly.
To drink, my husband and I had the Blackberry Mojito and the Passion-fruit Mojito. The bar offers a selection of fresh fruit mojitos with others including Raspberry, Strawberry and Blueberry. I loved that the drinks were served in mason jars, which correlates to the laid back, casual atmosphere with a hip vibe.
To start, we split the Watermelon & Lemon Feta Salad: Cherry Tomatoes, Baby Basil ($15). The artful plate resembles a pan pizza with a special node to the fresh basil pesto dressing. The sliced, juicy watermelon was the base layer, followed by shavings of pear, crumbled blue cheese and plump sun gold cherry tomatoes. It was a masterpiece for the palate.
For our entrees, my husband chose the New York Strip Steak: (12 oz) Fries, Local Baby Greens ($38) with a side of Grilled Asparagus: Lemon Miso Vinaigrette ($8). My husband enjoyed his strip steak: cooked through to his liking and the meat was very tender. I had the Surf Lodge Lobster Roll: Fries, Pickle ($26). The lobster roll was very good, I would have preferred the roll lightly toasted and buttered, but my husband thought it was exceptional just the way it was. Our daughter loved my fries!
Additional, notable entrees include the Roasted Snapper: Sesame-Ginger Broth, Baby Bok Choy, Pickled Ginger-Scallion Salad ($28); and a vegan Corn Ravioli: Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Corn Puree, Homemade Vegan Ricotta, Shaved Black Truffles, Cashew Parmesan ($32). The centerpiece of the menu is a Large Seafood Tower: Oysters, Poached Shrimp, Tea Smoked Mussels, Roasted Clams, King Crab Claws, Chilled Whole Lobster ($125). A small portion is available for $85. Executive Chef is Chris Rendell and Chef De Cuisine is Brad Stewart.
For dessert, there is a Passion Fruit Pavlova and a Chocolate Brownie, Mocha Ice Cream. Ice Creams available are Blueberry, Chocolate, Mocha, Hazelnut, Vanilla, and Black Cherry. We split the Pavlova, a meringue based dessert that originated in New Zealand and is named after the late Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova. Garnished with flower petals and served with fresh s strawberries. It was a light dessert that paired beautifully with our sunset.
The Restaurant at The Surf Lodge is open for dinner seven days a week and Brunch Thursday-Sunday.
http://thesurflodge.com // 631-483-5039