July 18, 2017
by cristina gibson | July 3, 2014 | Lifestyle
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa gets a major face-lift while paying homage to its classic, beach heritage.
The designer of The Seawater Grill, Michael Kramer, opted for a minimalist, modern aesthetic, with no window coverings to obscure the panorama.
There’s truly no such thing as a bad table at The Seawater Grill, the newly redesigned restaurant at Gurney’s Montauk Resort, first opened in 1926. Each one of the 175 seats inside the eatery now boasts unobstructed panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Designer Michael Kramer opted for a minimalist, modern aesthetic with no window coverings, making the sea the focal point and ensuring sunsets can be enjoyed in all their splendor. The brand-new Arteriors chandeliers cast a warm, calm glow over the dining room.
A renovated queen guest room with ocean views at Gurney’s Montauk Resort.
But just because they redid the restaurant doesn’t mean tradition has been tossed aside. Kramer used original wood from the resort’s Forward Watch building, constructed in the 1960s, on the back of the bar, the booths, and the columns in a herringbone design. “It gives such a texture to the history of the property to re-create it,” explains Jennifer Oz LeRoy, director of food and beverage.
Cookbooks displayed on the banquettes are from the personal library of LeRoy, who previously ran New York’s legendary Tavern on the Green. The Seawater Grill is helmed by Executive Chef Seth Levine, formerly of Georgica, and serves whimsical, innovative versions of classic Hamptons cuisine. “I was born and raised in the kitchen,” says LeRoy, who began her restaurant career at 17 as a hostess at East Hampton’s Della Femina. “There’s just great energy on this property.” The Seawater Grill at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 668-2345
PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVEN MICHAEL KING (DINING ROOM)