Fishbar on the Lake

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Editor’s note: this restaurant has closed

Fishbar on the Lake on East Lake Drive has opened for their 8th season. New Executive Chef, Joaquin Melo, creates a hip, Mediterranean-style menu that features fresh, local fish right off Gosman’s Dock. Last year, Fishbar™ featured an impressive Happy Hour menu that they will also do again this year. The menu will include half-priced appetizers, $5 margarita shakers, and $5 Fishbar™ punches.

Currently, they have their pre-season cocktail menu available pre-season. “We will have an outstanding cocktail menu this year,” explains Manager Heidi Gaertner. “Last year we had the Jelly Fish made jalapeño infused tequila, and watermelon puree; their signature East Lake Cocktail: jalapeño infused vodka with cucumber puree and fresh lime juice with a cucumber slice garnish; and a blood orange margarita.

The restaurant is very family-friendly. Their ambiance is welcoming, and guests will have an authentic Montauk al fresco dining experience paired with stunning sunsets. “People will come out for photo-shoots to capture that perfect sunset photograph,” says Gaertner. Inside, you will notice the re-purposed win jugs hanging from ceiling, and contrasting tablecloths owner Jennifer Meadows made by hand from fabrics she purchased in India.

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Fluke Tartare

During our visit, for appetizers we had the opportunity to try their Grilled Portuguese Octopus: fingerling Potatoes, harissa spice, caper berries, parsley, and lemon ($15), and Fluke Tartare: avocado, capers, lemon assorted radishes, EVOO, and crostini ($15). For our dinners were ordered the Beer Battered Fish N Chips: crispy deep water cod, french fries, green beans, remoulade, and lemon ($22), and the Oven Roasted Tilefish: bronzed fennel, zucchini, saffron potatoes, caper, and tomato vinaigrette ($26). My husband loved his Fish N Chips entree. It seems that no one could get it right with fish and chips but finally on our (long) journey for the best tasting fish and chips, I think we found a winner. The panko crusted Fish N Chips were firm, not greasy, and delightfully crunchy.

My tilefish was fresh, flaky, and full of flavor. It was a celebratory plate with colorful vegetables and the fish as the centerpiece. The tartare was very fresh, like it literally swam onto my plate. That was my first time trying octopus. It tasted like ham with a sea-like flavor.

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Popular dishes include their Montauk Fish Tacos ($24), Oven Roasted Tile Fish ($26) and their Mon-Tauk Stew ($25) are staples.

The view truly speaks for itself. We had a bird’s-eye view of Montauk Yacht Club and Gosman’s Dock across the way. It was very peaceful, and a great escape from the busy Montauk town center. “We are a destination restaurant,” says Gaertner. “True blue fisherman come up to the docks, along with some commercial fisherman. John, who runs a water taxi service, will bring guests from across the lake over to the restaurant. There is a lot of action on the lake. You can come over by boat, and can taxi your small boat for free while dining with us.”

When the season kicks into high gear, the restaurant will be open seven days a week with that exact start date to be determined. They are currently open from dinner Thursday-Sunday beginning at 5pm with the kitchen usually being open as late as 10pm. Fishbar™ is very accommodating and could stay open later; just give the restaurant a heads up in advance. The menu will change slightly every two weeks; for example, last week Chef Melo served up a comforting pork shoulder. You can choose to have your private event held here as well, including your rehearsal dinner. For more information, please visit http://www.freshlocalfish.com

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