Gurney's has been revitalized by new owners and is now boasting three restaurants, one of which offers dining on the beach. Gurney's has also opened a retail spot called the Market, for quick pick-me-ups like smoothies and fruit as well as goodies from its very own bakery. The executive chef of the whole shebang is Seth Levine, who was a contestant on the Fox TV reality show "Hell's Kitchen" before becoming head chef at Georgica, the Wainscott restaurant, in 2009. He is also credited with Hotel Chantelle, Penthouse 808, and the Stand. This summer, Jennifer Oz LeRoy, of the famed LeRoy family who operated the Tavern on the Green and the Russian Tea Room, has joined the staff as food and beverage director and is helping create the new ambience.
The Seawater Grille (formerly Sea Grille) is the flagship restaurant. The dining room has a new look, panoramic ocean views, an outdoor dining deck, and oversized lounge chairs in an adjacent bar. The raw bar not only serves clams and Montauk Pearl oysters but towers of seafood for two to three people at $85, or four or six at $160. Appetizers range from flatbreads to oyster Rockefeller fritters and foie gras with waffles. Entrees can be straightforward, like burgers or eggplant Parmesan stuffed tomato, while red snapper and branzino bring a touch of foreign seas. Truffle mac 'n' cheese is one of the sides.
Dinner from 5 p.m.; Sunday Buffet Brunch, from 10 a.m.
The Ocean Cafe is the all-day restaurant at Gurney's with everything from traditional breakfast fare to exotic French toast made with pecan crusted brioche stuffed with ricotta and mascarpone. Lots of salads, lobster roll and lobster BLT, fish and chips, a sushi bar, and chilled poached salmon are on the casual dining menu.
Breakfast, 7 a.m.-10 a.m.; Lunch/Dinner from 11 a.m.; Sushi Bar, 11 am. to closing.
The Beach Club is the only "on-beach full-service restaurant in Montauk," with food served from 11:30 a.m. It offers private cabana service with cocktails and beverages called Cabana Samplers.