Montauk’s favorite beachfront restaurant, Navy Beach serves casual coastal cuisine in a laid back, family-friendly setting. Positioned on a 200-foot private beach, the restaurant offers prime seating on the sand and some of the best sunsets in the Hamptons. Boaters are welcome to anchor in the protected waters of Fort Pond Bay (41° 02′ 45.11″N, -71° 57′ 44.88″W), which was once occupied by the US Navy, and where two Navy piers are still part of the water landscape.
Chef Randy Santos’ New American influenced menu features regional coastal cuisine with an emphasis on local seafood and produce. Lunch and dinner are served daily in season as well as a kids menu for the little ones. Signature dishes include the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake; Hamachi Ceviche; Nikkei Tuna Crudo; Local Clam & Corn Chowder; Crispy Portuguese Octopus; Little Gem Salad; Whole Market Fish; Buttermilk Fried Chicken; Navy Burger; and the Lobster & Clam Bake.
An approachable wine list with the majority of selections under $100 offers guests great values including eclectic international selections and choice local wines. A signature cocktail list along with a large selection of domestic and imported beers is also offered.
The restaurant’s decor carries a vintage nautical theme throughout the bar and dining room. Sand colored walls, sea colored wall coverings and exposed wood beams set the background for the décor. A 35-foot antique wooden bar anchors the large bar area that is complimented by colorful nautical flags with an inspired message, brass porthole windows and hardwood floors. Nautical blue top tables dot the restaurant while the focal point is the view of the beach and Block Island Sound through wall-to-wall windows. Banquettes and bistro chairs provide ample seating for guests to enjoy the daytime view and the stunning nightly sunset show. In the dining room, shadow boxes displaying vintage swimsuits and swim caps; classic glamour shots of 1950s bathing beauties; and classic Naval propaganda drawings add splashes of color to the walls.
Partners Frank & Kristina Davis, Franklin Ferguson, Leyla Marchetto and Martin Cabrera combined forces to create this local favorite mainstay and beachfront destination eatery in 2010. Frank is a graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration and has created and invested in numerous businesses both in and out of the hospitality industry. Franklin and Martin oversee the restaurant’s operations together with General Manager Lauren DeMeo, who has worked with the restaurant since 2010. Franklin fine tuned his operational experience at various independent restaurants and large restaurant and hotel groups across the country. Martin has worked at several high end restaurants in New York, Chicago and Miami over the last decade. Frank’s wife, Kristina acts as Creative Director, while Franklin’s wife, Leyla handles public relations and marketing. Frank and Kristina, longtime Wainscott residents, have been coming to the East End for as long as they can remember. Frank, an avid boater, is frequently found fishing in the waters around Montauk, Sag Harbor, and Shelter Island with Kristina and their twin daughters Alexa and Anna. Franklin and Leyla as well as Martin happily joined the Montauk community before opening the restaurant, and each live just a short distance from the restaurant.
(Photo by Andrew C. Wilson)