My Montauk

Vicente Wolf's Montauk Kitchen Before

This is what the kitchen looked like when I bought the house in 1984!

I have owned my house in Montauk since 1984. During this time I have seen so many things change – and some, thankfully, stay the same.  I thought I would give you a local’s view of what both the NY Times & NY Magazine are saying is the new hot spot… Welcome to ‘My Montauk’!

Mr John's Pancake House

For delicious breakfasts, Mr John’s Pancake House is the place to go. There can be a wait for your table, but the people-watching is always amusing. May it be tattooed ladies or joggers in smart outfits, it is always a very eclectic mix of people. Once you are seated the world is your pancake!  And they serve every type of pancake you can imagine; banana, blueberry, coconut, peanut butter, chocolate chip, and even ET pancakes.  They also have other wonderful things on the menu such as fried ice cream balls…The same two lovely ladies have been working there since I started going for my pancake fix back in ’84.

After you have stuffed yourself, I recommend some shopping to walk off the huge portions they serve!

Tauk is a favorite destination of mine. This is the perfect place to pick up your beach apparel and they have everything from bikinis to bedding.  All the cool kids pick up their gear at Tauk before heading off to watch the surfers at Ditch Plains.

PS one of the owners used to be an intern with me …but that doesn’t make be biased! No, really, I do love the shop.

Another local hotspot is the mini golf course. A couple of rounds is a great way to work off some of your pancakes and hang out with some of Montauk’s sophisticates and Tiger Woods wannabee’s

Gosman’s Food Shop is the quintessential place for picking up wonderful freshly made salads, live or steamed lobsters, or sushi grade tuna that you can eat right on the docks. 

The market also carries local organic veggies and everything and anything you might need for a picnic. Gosman’s situated right on the docks so you can stroll through right by the incoming boats brining in the fresh catch of the day.

If you are feeling adventurous, jump on a boat for a ½ day for an authentic fishing excursion in the open sea. The waters outside Montauk have great striped bass and blue fish and if you are lucky you might catch a shark . Just watch out so the shark doesn’t catch you!

Forget the fancy schmacy hotels! Soak in some local flavor at the Ronjo Hotel located downtown where you can get the whole tiki experience.

And at the end of your Montauk whirlwind you really should stop by the local dump. Seriously!

It is the gathering place for the high to low end locals and as an added extra, the dump also has the best free mulch for your Montauk garden! Make sure you bring you shovel and a bag.

But I must be honest, I hope you don’t listen to me and I hope you don’t rent, or even worse, buy, or even worse, decide to build a place here! We don’t need any more intruders. But if you must, do come here …just don’t tell all of your friends!

The Montauk Harbor

The Montauk Harbor

7 comments


  • let’s see the “after” kitchen p.l.e.a.s.e.

    I just read some blog yesterday about this hotspot … how did this hit the scene so quickly?

    beautiful village …

    September 02, 2010
  • let’s see the after kitchen please!!

    I was just reading a blog about this hot spot …
    how did Montauk hit the scene so quickly?

    beautiful village
    1

    September 02, 2010
  • Vicente, I have a house in Montauk too and love seeing your favorite spots! I did a bunch of posts on Montauk this summer, including one on Staci and Mary Lynn’s shop Tauk! I am very sadly not there this weekend because we are getting the house ready for an addition ( but no worries,no Montauk Mcmansions for me. We live on Lake Montauk and our house is cute but small.
    If you or others want to read about my Montauk just click over to my blog and search Montauk in the search box. Have fun!,
    All the best, Lynn

    September 02, 2010
  • I love your wit sir, bravo ! It all sound amazing indeed !

    September 02, 2010
  • mandy

    My husband and I drove to Montauk (from Toronto) a few years ago and LOVED IT!. It was fun to see the glitz of the Hamptons, but great to be located in this laid back town. We stayed in a motel right on the beach and fell asleep each night to the sound of the Atlantic. We’re planning a trip back next summer (sorry Vicente!).

    September 02, 2010
  • I know I am going to thoroughly enjoy your ‘LBB’ posts! Such an adorable place. Reminds me of my home, Wasaga Beach, Ontario – the longest fresh water beach in the world. (yours is far more luxurious and wealthy though) It is a fine line….you need enough tourists to make it tick, but you don’t want too many falling in love so much that they stay!

    September 03, 2010
  • I MOVED FROM KANSAS TO CONNECTICUT IN THE 80’S TO BE A NANNY FOR A FAMILY THERE AND OF COURSE LONG ISLAND IS RIGHT ACROSS THE SOUND AND I FELL HARD FOR IT’S CHARM AND IT REALLY CHANGED A LOT IN THE 17 YEARS I LIVED IN THE EAST…. MR. WOLF, HAVE YOU SEEN IT CHANGE A GREAT DEAL AND WHY HAS IT REMAINED UNTOUCHED IN MANY WAYS THAT THE REST OF LONG ISLAND HAS NOT???

    XXOO
    MELISSA

    September 03, 2010

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