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The best waterfront dining in Montauk happens on the beach. No reservations required, but don’t forget your picnic blanket! (Photo Credit: Annie Lipton)

9 A.M. For a healthy breakfast to fuel your easy, breezy day in MTK grab a smoothie made with fresh produce from Joni’s Kitchen (28 South Etna Ave., Montauk). The Mornin’ feels just right with orange juice, banana, yogurt, strawberries, honey and oat bran but there are plenty to choose from to get your day going. Sit at the outside picnic tables or take it to-go.

10 A.M. Head all the way east to the very end and you’ll be greeted by the Montauk Lighthouse (2000 Montauk Hwy., Montauk) where the grounds and museum are open once again. Even if you’ve been to this National Historic Landmark a hundred times its beauty and views never cease to amaze. 

12 P.M. It’s taco time and we’re talking tt’s Montauk (466 West Lake Dr., Montauk). This casual eatery feels summery and inviting. We’re ordering the baja fish tacos with fried local fish, cabbage slaw and chipotle mayo, chips and guac, and a tt’s marg(arita) but we hear the Nashville hot chicken sandwich served with blue cheese and fries is also a big hit. 

Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. (Photo Credit: Mike Rega)

2 P.M. A walk around town pre-summer madness is a must. Leisurely stroll and shop the many stores and boutiques and because the air is still sometimes crisp in May you should probably pick up a famed MONTAUK sweatshirt from Montauk Clothing Co. (787 Montauk Hwy., Montauk) on the east end of town. Need a little mid-day pick-me-up? Montauk Bake Shoppe (29 The Plaza A, Montauk) is your spot. Grab a coffee and a sweet treat, too. The jelly doughnuts and lobster shaped cookies are our favorites.

4 P.M. Head on over by foot to Montauk Brewing Company (62 S. Erie Ave., Montauk) to relax on their patio and sip some delicious beer. Enjoy the brewery’s “Come As You Are” motto in a laid-back, no frills atmosphere that feels oh so Montauk. 

6 P.M. Keeping with the day’s fuss-free vibes, Hooked Montauk (34 S. Etna Ave., Montauk) is our go-to for elevated seafood takeout. The local steamers are always incredible and fresh, and the lobster roll is our absolute favorite in town – yes, you heard right! While you’re welcome to sit at one of the restaurant’s highly coveted picnic tables, we suggest you pack it up to-go and walk down South Essex Street to the beach for unbeatable oceanfront dining. 

Staying the night? Marram Montauk (21 Oceanview Terrace, Montauk) is a stunning new hotel offering barefoot luxury right in the heart of Montauk.