Yellowtail and beer at Banzai Burger

  Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina’s Gulf Coast Kitchen
  Tuna sashimi, avocado, wakame, spicy mayo tobiko, mustard greens and wontons at Navy Beach
  Herb-stuffed Boston mackerel with eggplant caponata and beets at Ruschmeyer’s

Is it the salted air, the romantic cliffs, or the call of the sea? Montauk has always attracted surfers, sailors, and fishermen with great white shark-size ambitions. Now, a crew of hoteliers and chefs are riding a recent wave and creating many more reasons to push past Amagansett.

Banzai Burger
The best time to stop at Banzai Burger on the Napeague stretch is post-beach, when sushi from Isao Yoshimura or juicy lamb burgers from Miami expat Alan Hughes are in order. Artisanal beer flows freely, as does the music under the lead of an in-house DJ. 2095 Montauk Hwy., 604-5764

Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina
The “club” in the name “Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina” has stuck, but the 35 acres of historic waterfront property are open to the public, as are the eateries that sit on them. Choose artisanal thin-crust pizzas at Hurricane Alley or grilled local tuna at Gulf Coast Kitchen while keeping a watchful eye on your yacht. 32 Star Island Road, 668-3100

Navy Beach
Navy Beach and its delicious fare served on the beach are worth hunting for, and it is refreshing to find a lunch menu that features ceviche, small plates and salads such as grilled watermelon with pork belly. Add a serving of fiery Mexican corn and a glass of Moët, and you are set for the day. 16 Navy Road; 668-6868

You will find grills in the backyard of this cheeky summer camp for grown-ups, but indulge in the healthy cuisine from the British team behind The Fat Radish in Manhattan. Try the roasted arctic char and green monkfish curry, served in a room that melds rustic with elegant. 161 Second House Road, 668-8249;

Solé East Resort
Solé East Resort is one of those secrets you wish you had known about earlier. As soon as you step inside, the pace slows and the Mediterranean-style garden takes over. Hidden by the pool, the Backyard Restaurant makes its mark with local scallops, smoked duck tacos and an elegant tuna tartare. 90 Second House Road, 668-9739

South Edison
Do not be fooled by the casual beat at South Edison: Todd Mitgang has brought his top skills in his beach bag, and makes everything from scratch. Yes, there is a raw bar, but you will want to spend a whole week making your way through the menu, from a dreamy summer vegetable salad to crispy vinegar-braised chicken leg. 17 S. Edison St.; 668-4200

The Surf Lodge
It could have been just about the music, or the sunset, or the drinks, but with the sure hand of Sam Talbot in the kitchen, The Surf Lodge is a magnet for foodies, too. This season, a food truck debuts, serving teriyaki chicken and lobster rolls daily and into the wee hours on the weekends. 183 Edgemere St. 668-1562

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