Located in Montauk just minutes from Gosman’s Dock, Swallow East is a hip, chic eatery that is the true heart and soul of out east. Open for lunch and dinner seven days, Swallow East serves up extraordinarily memorable and flavorful fare. I don’t want to spoil it just yet but I had one of the best plates ever at this seaside spot. I encourage every single one of my readers to come in and dine, sip one of their summery cocktails, and listen to the incredible lineup of live bands scheduled for the season. As soon as my husband, daughter and I stepped inside, it instantly became apparent as to why Swallow East is so positively spoken of. Ever since Swallow East open their doors in 2012, dozens of colleagues, neighbors, and friends, have highly recommended this one-of-a-kind restaurant.
It would be difficult for me to think of more than a handful of restaurants that deserve the amount of praise Swallow East has received. The staff is warm, gracious and treats you like part of the family the second you arrive. Their smiles are genuine and they each took the time to make sure that we were comfortable and settled upon arrival. We sat in one of their spacious rooms adjacent to the dock. I strolled along outside with Sarah for a few minutes while our drink order was placed. The salty sea air was so refreshing yet calming. To drink, I had the Nitro Cold Brew Coffee: Sail Away Cold Brew on Tap ($6) and my husband had the Greenport Summer Ale on tap. I have been a fan of Sail Away for a couple of years and could not resist ordering my favorite cold brew coffee.
Our Menu Choices
Fresh Burrata: Watermelon, Candied Sunflower Seeds, Saba, Basil ($14)
Summer Rolls: Seasonal Vegetables, Basil, Peanuts, Sesame Vinaigrette ($12)
Pomme Frites: Hand Cut Fries, Rosemary, Thyme Aioli ($8)
Slow Poached Salmon: Raspberry Vinaigrette Béarnaise, Tarragon Shallot Relish ($16)
Pulled Pork Taco: Hawaiian Barbecue, Corn Salsa, Avocado Crema ($16)
Grass Fed Skirt Steak: Grilled Skirt Steak, Sweet Potato Puree, Shaved Brussel Sprouts ($22)
Their menu consists of a selection of varied, New American small plates, which are not small, but just the right portion. I recommend two small plates per party guest. They also have a Raw Bar selection. View their full menu here. The menu switches up a bit from season to season.
My daughter loved her Pomme Frites and Salmon. This family-friendly spot does have a children’s menu, though I also recommend their “Mac & Cheese” with Orzo, Peas, Bacon and Asiago Cream Sauce; and Cheeseburger Sliders as great child-friendly options. Their hand-cut fries are the best fries any of us have had in a long time. Unbeatable, earthy, a little crunch, and as fresh as fresh gets. You cannot come here and not order the fries!
Each dish was excellent and we would order each one again and again. The Burrata was sensational, and my husband loved his Summer Rolls. The portions were just right and we were impressed by how each dish excelled in quality and flavor. Our waiter highly recommended the pulled pork tacos, and the skirt steak was a very smart choice.
Swallow East is also available for private events, corporate dinners, and weddings. They have grown to become a very popular wedding destination, especially those that prefer a more laid-back vibe sans that traditional cookie-cutter catering hall wedding.
Hours are Sunday-Thursday 12-4pm & 5-10pm, and Friday and Saturday 12-4pm & 5-11pm. I also sat down with Owner and Chef James Tchinnis. A separate interview piece will proceed within the next two weeks.
Visit the original Swallow Restaurant in Huntington.
https://www.swalloweastrestaurant.com // 631-668-8344