Last week, The Independent journeyed out to Gurney's Inn in Montauk to experience the weekly Oceanfront Lobster Bake at the resort.
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Sitting in the dining room overlooking the ocean, the looming storm clouds seemed almost non-existent as live steel drum music echoed throughout the cafe and "Larry the Lobster" greeted guests. Waiters dressed in flowered shirts bustled around the room as diners poured in and the scent of steaming lobsters began to fill the air.
First up at the buffet were smoked bluefish filets with sliced heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, cocktail sauce and a horseradish dipping sauce. A mountain of peel and eat shrimp cocktail sat adjacent to the bluefish with the same duo of dipping sauces. On the other side of the room, there were mussels steamed in white wine, garlic and parsley. Two heaping bowls of Mesclun salad in a light Dijon vinaigrette and tomato and onion salad completed the appetizers and offered a mild transition into dinner.
Lobsters weighing in at a pound and a half were steamed and served simply with lots of drawn butter, lemon and local corn on the cob. As diners began to dig into meaty lobster claws and succulent tails, waiters personally tied lobster bibs for each guest.
For those who didn't want to indulge in the tasty crustaceans, hamburgers, hot dogs, marinated barbecue chicken, sweet and hot Italian sausages and broiled fish were also served. Side dishes included boiled Red Bliss potatoes with a touch of butter and fresh parsley. Mounds of cole slaw added a light, refreshing, and summery touch to the meal.
For dessert, diners could enjoy strawberry shortcake with a creamy vanilla icing, chocolate chip cookies, orange vanilla cookies and freshly sliced watermelon accompanied with coffee and tea.
Gurney's will be offering the lobster bake every Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 PM up until Labor Day. Adults are $49 per person and children under 10 are $39, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations and more information call 631-668-2345.