There’s nothing quite like the drive to Montauk —especially when Gurney’s Inn Lobster Bake awaits. Driving down the Napeague stretch, the riddles of life seem to fade, and you begin to ask yourself, “Am I on Long Island anymore?”
What better way to spend an evening out in Montauk than at Gurney’s Inn, on the outdoor patio, dining next to the Atlantic Ocean? It’s a good thing the people at Gurney’s believe in tradition, because their summer-long Lobster Fests are truly an experience not to be missed.
Being a seasoned lobster bake foodie, I came knowing I was in for a royal feast. Gurney’s spares no expense for their guests dining at its Lobster Bake. Your pound-and-a-half lobster is a sight to see—it should come as no surprise that I jumped at the chance to indulge in one of the finest crustaceans to be pulled from the sea. In my world lobster is, unfortunately, not an everyday food—it’s an indulgence, a treat ,and Gurney’s never disappoints this food lover. The lobsters are, of course, served whole with decadent melted butter for dipping. The chef kindly gives the bright red crustacean a few whacks with his cleaver to help you get to the delicious meat, which is perfectly cooked and pleasantly moist. My first bite was nearly indescribable. I couldn’t help but close my eyes and chew very slowly, savoring the heady flavor, not wanting it to end. The meat was fresh and tasted of the sweet smell of the sea, as if it had just been plucked from the ocean.
Besides your lobster, your $49 admission grants you full access to the plentiful buffet, where you’ll be delighted with Gurney’s other offerings—mountains of shrimp, boiled with spices and cooled, smoked fish, tomato and mozzarella salad, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, Mako shark marinated in honey and teriyaki, mussels, corn…
Let’s not forget the dessert table, which features fresh fruits and baked goods from Gurney’s very own Beach Bakery—including strawberry shortcake. I’m not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed two helpings—it was SO good!
So after you’ve eaten all the food you can fit into your tummy, why stop the night there? If you plan carefully, you can also enjoy another Gurney’s Inn summer staple—the Comedy Night. Admission includes one complimentary bar drink and a gaggle of guys and gals looking to make you laugh. We got the chance to check out the comedy line-up this past week with funnyman Clayton Fletcher, the animated antics of Andrea Mezvinsky and quirky Mike Fine.
What could be better than a night out at Gurney’s Inn in the summertime, drink in hand, lobster bib attached, and that view? Not much. Get to Gurney’s, and you can thank me later for this hot tip!
Gurney’s Inn Resort Spa, 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk. www.GurneysInn.com. 631- 668-2345.