Sometimes no decor does the trick…

Ok, so I admit it- I have been blogging on “Summer Hours”– I will try to pick up the pace a bit…  but no promises…

Anyway, as much as I love beautiful spaces with lavish design and style, often my favorite places have very little to do with elaborate design and more to do with their location and “vibe.”  There is nothing better than eating outdoors on a beautiful day especially out East on Long Island in the Summer.  All you need is great food, great music, great drinks and sunshine—- and you have it all!

Here are some of my favorite places….

The Hideway in Montauk

After spending many Summers in Amagansett and Montauk, I finally found the Hideaway this year— it is a hidden little casual restaurant at a Marina in Montauk (there is not even a sign outside) and it has FABULOUS Mexican food and great Margaritas!  I love how low-key and sneaky it is– you order your drinks at the bar, you order your food at the register, you eat on paper plates with plastic utensils and yet there is just something about it that makes you feel happy and at home.   It is one of my new favorite places!

The Hideaway is located at Diamond Cove Marina: 364 West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954

Cyril’s Fish House

My family and I have been going to Cyril’s for years– it is a tradition that marks that Summer has finally arrived.  Cyril Fitzsimons is the owner of the famous Cyril’s Fish House located literally along Montauk Highway.  He has a long white beard, usually wears a sarong and is always found sitting at a table in the front of his restaurant—- he is happy to greet and high-five kids when they come to say hello. Cyril’s is an outdoor restaurant with just umbrella tables and chairs and you can go straight from the beach for lunch, happy hour or dinner.  Cyril’s plays great reggae music, makes great tropical drinks (their BBC with a floater is famous) and  has seafood with a Caribbean flair.  The food is good and is perfect for a lobster roll or steamers fix, but the reason to go is the great atmosphere— it just feels like Summer when you are there.  You just cannot be in a bad mood at Cyril’s.

Cyril’s is located at 2167 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11930

CLAM BAR AT NAPEAGUE

East of Amagansett, West Of Montauk- on the Highway

Another one of my favorite places is the Clam Bar.  There is no decor, it is just tables and chairs and a snack bar also located right along Montauk Highway.  The seafood is amazing– they make the best popcorn shrimp and fried clam strips in the world and a fantastic lobster salad served in a tomato.  Of course they are also known for their lobster roll and other great seafood choices.  Part of the allure is the cars zipping along Montauk Highway as you eat and the occasional runner or biker going by.  Once again, with little in terms of decor (there is none)—-the atmosphere is created by the sunshine, good food and location.

Clam Bar is located at 2025 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11930

Clam bar

 

Hope you enjoy!

Please let me know if you go, I’d love to know….

Best,

Cindy

 

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