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.
The 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; Shrimp Ceviche; Tuna Crudo; Local Clam & Corn Chowder; Charred Octopus; Little Gem Caesar; Buttermilk Fried Chicken; the Navy Burger; and the Lobster & Clam Bake.
An eclectic wine list offers guests international selections and choice local wines. The rosé selection is one of the largest in the Hamptons. 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, and Leyla Marchetto 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 oversees the restaurant’s operations together with the management team. Franklin fine tuned his operational experience at various independent restaurants and large restaurant and hotel groups across the country. 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, who are now both attending college. Franklin and Leyla as well happily joined the local community before opening the restaurant, and now have a son attending the Montauk School.