Restaurants have not quite yet returned to the East End, in all their former glory, but don’t let that stop you from indulging in some of Montauk’s most famed summer indulgences. This year, you can be as far away as Shelter Island, while still enjoying the luxury of The End’s seafood-based bounty. Duryea’s Lobster Deck, the bayside seafood haunt in Montauk best known for its lobster rolls, has partnered with RideShore to offer a delivery service to anchored vessels in Shelter Island’s Crescent Beach. Deliveries will be offered at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
The streamlined process all takes place online. Guests login to www.rideshore.com/duryeas, at least one day in advance, and then select from a choice of curated meal packages and select bottles of wine. The $355 lobster roll picnic, which serves three people, includes flatbread, house-made hummus, various crudités, tuna tartare, a lobster cobb salad, lobster rolls, a carrot and chickpea salad, a roasted beet salad, and an octopus salad.
The seafood tower option, at $395, serves three people, and includes a baguette, flatbread, tuna tartare, Montauk Pearl oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, top neck clams, and chilled lobster. The surf and turf option, for $525, serves five people. It includes a baguette, flatbread, house-made hummus, select crudités, a lobster cobb salad, a two-pound lobster, a clambake, a roasted chicken, sautéed shrimp, a whole-roasted cauliflower, corn-on-the-cob, and jasmine rice.
The restaurant has a selection of regular and large-format sparkling, rosé, white, and red wines available to add on to these meal packages, like the 2019 Domaine de Régusse “Pierrevert” 2019 Côtes de Provence rosé, for $63, the magnum of 2019 Domaine Ott “de Selles” rosé for $215, and the three-liter of the same wine for $485, in case you’re drinking with a crowd. Or enjoy the perfect complement to those briny Montauk Pearls, a bottle of Billecart Salmon rosé Champagne, for $145. The slim, smart wine list makes it easy to make a great choice, and that is a victory in and of itself.
There is, if you think about it, no finer recipe for a summer afternoon than cold pink wine, sweet lobster, and salty sea air. If things are not as they used to be, let’s enjoy the things as they are, in any way we can. Thankfully, Duryea’s will make sure that you get your slice of summer this year, even if you’re afloat, all the way over in Shelter Island.