Escape from New York
Our Guide to Montauk, Long Island
When the temperatures rise in a city predominantly made of concrete, there seems to be only one relief: braving the train or packed roads for sun, surf and sand. While sitting in traffic for hours or fighting for a coveted seat on the train are appealing to no one, the promise of sweet beach serenity is what draws millions of New Yorkers to Montauk every summer.
If you love the buzz of the Hamptons but want a little less gloss, this is your spot. Still holding its surf town vibe, this stretch is dotted with smoothie shops, boutiques and family owned joints that heave with holidayers from June to September every year.
The Surf Lodge Surf-chic at its best, each room is so well curated you’ll never want to leave. Indulge at their onsite restaurant and watch as the in-crowd from NYC sets in for cocktails after dark.
The Montauk Lighthouse is iconic. As the oldest in the state, it’s a must visit and is located on a hill above the surf which means that the view isn’t too shabby at all. Whale watching isn’t out of the question, either.
The Beach, of course! South Edison Beach is popular amongst locals and tourists alike, with calm waves and pristine sand. It’s also totally legal to light up a bonfire at dusk to make some good old fashioned s’mores.
Joni's be prepared to fight a perpetual line of thirsty beachcombers who are just as enthused about the Superfood smoothies, buckwheat waffles and tofu wraps as you are.
La Brisa A little taste of Mexico in Montauk, this is the sister of Nolita’s famed Tacombi. With outdoor seating, scenic lighting and fresh tortillas, this is an oasis for an early afternoon margarita, ceviche and people watching.
Ruschmeyers Another Montauk outpost of an NYC staple (this time, The Smile), Ruschmeyers is a picturesque hotel-come-restaurant and bar. Fresh seafood and chilled rose with a spot of Corn Hole in the garden? Sign us up.
The Electric Eel at Ruschmeyers Maritime mixes from the best bartenders in Long Island, Ruschmeyers is a mainstay for the night owls.
The Harbor Classic libations to be enjoyed harbor-side among a mixed crowd of locals and newbies alike. A must!
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