Michael Tavani

The Crow’s Nest

Montauk, NY

by: Michael Tavani

  • Why

    Sun and surf.

  • When

    August 2013

  • Who

    Me, my better half, and some good friends.

Highs + Lows

  • The overall ambiance in the evening is spot-on (lighting, firepit, crowd, etc).

  • The food - possibly the best restaurant on the East End.

  • The guest room bathrooms have great fixtures and tile – work not often found in beach motel renovations.

  • Be careful booking the new David Pharaoh cottages for the remainder of the season – they were not renovated yet at the time of our stay, and a good hike from the main property.

  • The restaurant hours are very limited – there is no breakfast or lunch service during the week, including on Friday’s.

: 42/50
  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Worldly beach shack.

  • Vibe

    British colony in Africa, by way of Morocco, meets Montauk.

  • Location

    A short drive to town, and a short bike ride to the beach.

  • Rooms

    14 rooms and a handful of cottages.

  • Music

    A mix of Afro-pop and reggae.

  • Year Opened

    2011

  • Designed By

    The hotel’s owner – the brilliant Sean MacPherson.

  • Pool/Gym

    No pool or gym, but that’s the point - there’s paddleboarding on the lake, bikes available to guests, and the ocean is walking distance away.

  • Restaurant

    Outstanding Mediterranean food with views of Lake Montauk.

  • Bar

    One in the restaurant and another down by the lake – order a refreshing bottle of local rosé or a Dayton’s Ruse (house version of a margarita).

  • Wifi

    Yes, free.

  • Children

    Plenty of handsome families and cute children running about.

  • Price

    Predictably expensive during high season in Montauk.

In the Area

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One of the best surf breaks (and people watching) on Long Island

Ditch Plains

Ditch Plains Road, Montauk, NY 11954, United States

One of the best surf breaks (and people watching) on Long Island

Stop in for a morning smoothie or <br/> breakfast wrap

Joni’s Kitchen

28 S Etna Ave #9, Montauk, NY 11954

Stop in for a morning smoothie or
breakfast wrap

Entrance to the property.

The Crow’s Nest

4 Old West Lake Dr, Montauk, NY, United States

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