Montauk Mainstay

Clam Bar at Napeague

Who: Dick Ehrlich in 1981, now his wife Betsy
What: Just what it says. And there’s other stuff too
Where: 2025 Montauk Highway, on the Napeague stretch
Why: Enticing row of bar stools, fresh air, chowder and beer
Insider tip: Bring a sweater—the cross winds are serious—and cash

Atlantic Ocean across the road to your south, Napeague Bay across the tall grass to your north, and right where you are, a totally chill gravel patio on the roadside, with yellow and white umbrellas hovering over plastic tables and chairs. The menu, written on a blackboard, tends toward all­ things fried clam, shrimp and oyster, but it’s the chowders, steamers and lobster roll that put customers on “repeat” mode. Word to the wise: Overlook the fresh corn or cole slaw at your peril.

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