Duryea’s Lobster Deck has launched into the 2016 season under new ownership. The 80 year-old family-owned business was purchased three years ago by Marc Rowan, one of the co-founders of Apollo Global Management, who also owns Arbor in Montauk. The new ownership has maintained the authentic Montauk vibe of the historic fish market and lobster deck in addition to significant aesthetic upgrades. The interior fish market and lobster deck, where guests dine for lunch or dinner, has a clean, open-air presence that pairs ideally with the most stunning water views in Montauk. This is the perfect spot to relax the afternoon away while eating the freshest food around, including market seafood straight from the sea.
When my husband, our daughter Sarah and I arrived, we were instantly pleased by the spacious, banquette style tables, classic teak deck furniture, and large umbrellas. The menu is a checklist, where you choose what you want to have by circling the quantity amount next to the item (1-4), then you bring your menu to the cashier window inside and pay up front. Gratuity is included. Dishes are now served family style with most dishes serving 2-3 people.
My husband, daughter, and I had the following dishes:
- 12 Topneck Clams ($13)
- Crudités Platter ($28)
- Crab Cake ($21)
- Duryea’s Lobster Roll ($34)
- Corn-on-the-cob side dish ($15)
- Fish Po’Boy ($19)
To drink, I had an unsweetened iced tea with lemon and my husband had beer from the Montauk Brewery. My favorite part of the meal was the crudités platter that included a wide assortment of local carrots, asparagus, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and more. It was a colorful and healthy way to start the meal. The platter could easily serve up to four or five people as a starter. My husband’s clams tasted like they were just raked; the crab cake was one of the best I had had in a long time. I loved the touch of vinaigrette drizzle and grilled plum tomatoes.
To top it off, my lobster roll was one of, if not the best I had this whole season. My only suggestion is a softer roll, but otherwise it was perfect. served with tasty, thin fries. My husband was very fond of his Po’Boy; it was the first time he tried a fish po’boy. The fish was not overly fried, optimally done. The saucy was tangy and succulent.
A simple children’s menu includes two beef sliders, chicken fingers, grilled cheese, and a lobster roll. Additional side dishes include jasmine rice, market veggies, and a fresh-baked bread basket. Desserts include a cookie plate, fruit plate, mochi ice cream, and a banana split sundae!
A wine and beer selection features a red, white and rose option with a private label Belgian White brew from Crooked Ladder Brewing Company in Riverhead, NY. The fish market features fresh local seafood from lobsters and crabs to fish and shrimp. Several farm to market products are also available for purchase including: Goodale Farm fresh feta and greek yogurt, Fairview Farm homemade jams and preserves, MixCraft cocktail mixes, and Sweettauk Lemonade.
Duryea’s Lobster Deck and Fish Market is open seven days a week in season from 11:30am to 11pm.
http://www.duryealobsters.com // 631-668-2410