It was one of those days where I was telling my husband that I wanted to try someplace new for lunch, a place that was on the water in Montauk (because we rarely if ever go to Montauk in the off-season), and a place that was child-friendly.
When we sat down, we took a few moments to look over the menu. I noticed the decor inside and I couldn’t make up my mind if it reminded me of a restaurant I ate at in central Florida or a restaurant I ate at years ago in Rhode Island. It has that seaside, rustic charm inside but also that bite of southern influence. They had many small plate options from the jump lump crab cake with carrot and cherry pepper aioli ($16), and the yunnan ribs ($15), to the crispy calamari with chili garlic dressing ($15). Everything looked so tasty to much on. According to our waiter, the portions were small, and we felt the prices were a bit high for the portion. I believe these would be a great idea for pairing with a cocktail or two at sunset while listening to live music, which they have on occasion.
For lunch, my husband ordered their Navy Burger which I also had my eyes on. The burger, which was cooked medium upon request, was prepared with a bacon-onion marmalade, cabot cheddar, house pickles and hand-cut fries ($19). I was undecided between the salmon dish and the buttermilk fried chicken but decided after speaking with our waiter, that I would order the buttermilk fried chicken because I rarely eat this type of dish and I was really in the mood to try a hearty, southern-inspired dish. The buttermilk fried chicken was served with a piece of cheddar-jalapeno cornbread, house-made slaw, and drizzled with a spicy honey.
I loved my fried chicken dish so much and was so glad I ordered it. It was a really filling portion, as was my husbands burger, because neither of us could finish what we had on our plates. The extra bit of honey that seeped off of the chicken and cornbread I used as a dipping sauce for the chicken. The chicken was superbly moist and the crispy outer layer as so sweet and crunchy from the batter used. I usually never really like to eat the outer portion of the fried chicken but I could not resist! It wasn’t spicy at all and neither was the cornbread. The cornbread was slightly dry but that was not a big deal, I really enjoyed my meal and would definitely order it again. My husband felt his burger was pricey but he did enjoy it. We both felt the service was inconsistent and wished our waiter came over once or twice to see how we were doing. The chicken dish should have come with hand wipes.
Please note that $1 will be added to each bill until September 1st in support of the Navy Seal Foundation.
Navy Beach is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week in the summer, in September they are open Thursday through Sunday for dinner, lunch and dinner on the weekends, and will close for the season after Columbus Day Weekend. Navy Beach will reopen in April of 2015. The restaurant is also available for special events and weddings. For more information, please visit http://www.navybeach.com.