Before Highlands restaurant group took over the food at Surf Lodge in Montauk last year, the dining experience was vastly different. Fast-forward to the middle of Byron’s second summer at the waterside hotel and the restaurant has seriously upped its game to become one of the best places to eat in the east end. We know this because we go basically every weekend. From a famously fresh lobster roll (no frozen stuff here, thank you) to our favorite dish of scallops with cashew-chili relish and pea shoots, the food is fresh, simple and local with an Aussie-Asian influence via Australian chef Chris Rendell. His (unofficial) specialty — a coconut crab laksa — sits alongside an avocado-seaweed salad, a summer squash yellow curry (beyond good!) and a black pepper crusted chilled tuna. Brunch is a highlight – the poached eggs are topped with avocado, arugula and chili flakes and if the Big Aussie Breakfast or banana bread are too much to handle before a beach day, you can opt for a green pressed juice, delivered every weekend from Juice Press. Do you need a reservation? Uh, yes! Ask for a table on the deck overlooking Fort Pond. Saturdays get kind of crazy at the adjoining lounge deck, but isn’t that the whole point of Saturday nights?
183 Edgemere Street, Montauk, NY 11954 Tel: 631-483-5037 Thesurflodge.com/byron
Photo: Adrian Barry