The 10 Best Restaurants in Montauk, New York

| Courtesy of Lobster Roll, Montauk
Julia Goicochea

Sick of seafood? The menus at these Montauk eateries will reignite your affair with fish. From shrimp and short rib burritos to lobster egg rolls (plus even the occasional non-seafood snack), this beachfront town is challenging culinary classics. Here are our 10 favorite restaurants to experience a taste of Montauk.

1. Herb’s Market

Shop, Market

Don’t let the name fool you: the tasty treasures at Montauk’s Herb’s Market go beyond mere groceries. In-the-know foodies flock to this “locals only” establishment for a taste of Herb’s famous fried chicken, hailed as being “the best on the East End.” Also offering down-home delicacies, such as rotisserie and barbecue chicken with house-made barbecue sauce, Herb’s serves up a dining experience that’s no-frills, just flavor.

2. South Edison

Restaurant, Seafood

South Edison 4
Courtesy of South Edison, Montauk

At South Edison, the only thing fresher than the seafood-focused dishes is the restaurant’s interpretation of American cuisine. Here, olive oil-braised baby octopus tacos and chili-spiced lobster with street corn share space on the menu with the town’s most sinful sundae and Edison’s famous Pickle Martinis. Serving old-school classics with an original spin, South Edison is redefining American dining, one meal at a time.

3. 668 The Gigshack

Restaurant, North American, Seafood

668 The Gigshack
© 668 The Gigshack

Ask any local where to find the town’s coolest catches, and the chances are that they’ll point you toward 668 The Gigshack, or “The Shack,” as it’s known to in-the-know eaters. The “Global Surf Cuisine” at this family-owned establishment puts an international spin on Montauk mainstays, resulting in daring dishes such as spicy coconut milk mussels and tuna tartare taquitos. Tip: whatever you order, be sure to wash it down with The Shack’s own Montauk Hard Label brew.

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