Welcome to the second Edible Eat of the Week! A recurring series, Edible Eat of the Week celebrates the bounty of the East End by showcasing special, seasonal eats and the people who make them.
The Eat: A fancy picnic basket for a fancy Hamptons adventure.
The Place: Duryea’s Lobster Deck.
The Story: Got a hankering for a lobster basket to go? This is your lucky year. Duryea’s, that famed lobster deck with a killer Montauk view, is now packing up some of the finest baskets this side of the canal. There are four versions of the basket available, all of which must be ordered in advance, either online or by phone. The entry-level basket, the Continental, is actually a breakfast basket, containing two croissants, two seasonal muffins, four fresh-baked cookies, a small jar of jam, fresh butter, seasonal fruit, coffee, and two fresh-squeezed juices. The basket sells for $85.
Kick it up a notch and splurge for lunch ($135). The Duryea’s lunch basket has two of its legendary lobster rolls, abundant with fresh-picked meat, along with green salad, melon, coleslaw, NoFo potato chips, cookies, boxed water, and your choice of two cans of beer or fresh-pressed juice. The Aperitif Basket ($225) contains a cheese plate of burrata, mixed charcuterie, baguette, and cracker, as well as olives, honey, mustard, pickles, nuts, boxed water, and a choice of two cans of beer, Wölffer Estate Vineyard cider, or fresh-pressed juice.
But the piece de resistance is the Seafood Lover’s basket, which is $250 for two people or $500 for four people and includes a blanket. It also includes snow crab cocktail, shrimp cocktail, a 2-pound, cold-steamed lobster, smoked salmon, a baguette, coleslaw, crudités, sauces, boxed water, and the choice of two cans of beer, Wölffer Estate Vineyards cider, or fresh-pressed juice. All selections come with their own bespoke basket.
For a little extra, you can get a little extra. Add on $125 for a little caviar, for instance. Too pricey? Seventeen bucks will get you a lovely little picnic blanket of your very own. It’s the Hamptons, and that price is a steal.