|The Wall Street Journal
THE SCOOP ON A HOT TABLE
By Marshall Heyman
PART OF THE THRILL OF GOING TO DAVE'S
IS TRYING TO GET IN.
When people in the Hamptons get tired of complaining about the traffic up and down Route 27, they move on to complain about eating out in the Hamptons...One place people never seem to complain about is Dave's Grill in Montauk...
Part of the thrill of going to Dave's, which chef David Marcley and his wife, Julie, opened in 1988, is trying to get in. (The Marcleys met in the early '80s when he was a bartender at Gurney's Inn, and she worked in the spa. Now they live three miles from the restaurant.)
The place has a kind of mythic reservation policy. Tables can be had on a same-day-only basis, and phone lines open at 4:15 p.m. for that evening. Start calling 631-668-9190 at that time on any given day of the week during the summer-except Wednesday, when the place is closed-and chances are you'll get one thing, and one thing only: a busy signal.
"Good afternoon, Dave's Grill, this is Julie," Ms. Marcley said over and over into the phone. She had two pens, a bottle of White Out and a clipboard at her disposal. A plate of grilled chicken and mesclun salad was untouched. "Hi Jim. Four people for 7? Sure, that's no trouble at all." She hung up.
...By 5:15, the place was pretty sold out...Do they ever have a hard time filling tables? "Not in the summer, not a single day," said Mr. Marcley... "Knock on wood," Ms. Marcley added. "I always say it's not going to be that busy, and then it is."
|The New York Times
DINING OUT; Perennial Waterside Favorite in Montauk
By Joanne Starkey
When East End diners tire of the latest see-and-be-seen restaurants, they head for Dave's Grill. This perennial favorite is now in its 14th year. Set on Montauk Harbor beside day-fishing boats, seafood shacks and ferries to Block Island, Dave's appears to fit right in. It has a modest, rustic exterior, but closer inspection reveals charming refinements: attractive postage-stamp gardens flanking the entrance and window boxes crowded with cascading blooms.
Patrons on the covered porch have great views of the maritime activities in the harbor while they sit at tables covered in snowy white tablecloths and adorned with pots of flowers. Strings of lights with alternating blue and white globes outline the ceiling. Inside, that nautical color scheme is picked up in the navy blue banquettes. Here, fresh roses top the tables.
The Dave in Dave's Grill is Dave Marcley, its chef and owner. His wife, Julie, oversees the front of the house. Her staff of servers, in casual white shirts and khakis with white bistro aprons tied at the waist, displays a winning combination of down-home friendliness and down-right efficiency. These are not green college kids enjoying a one-summer job experience on the East End. Our waitress one night had been at Dave's 13 of its 14 summers. Another evening, the young woman serving us was a Montauk-born-and-bred mother of two. Don't be fooled by their small-town, wholesome, Montauk-nice demeanor. These women are as professional as any servers on the Island.
ENTERTAINING with STYLE A STAR-SPANGLED 4TH BY THE SHORE
By Andrew Knowlton
Preparations for the celebration began early this morning, when Bobby, Sarah, Briggs, and his seven- month-old brother, Thatcher, piled into the family's 1947 Mercury Woody station wagon for the short trip down to Gosman's Dock. Fishing boats lined the dock, selling last night's catch straight from the stern. Bobby and Sarah were able to buy most of the ingredients for today's main dish: cioppino, the classic seafood stew. "We barbecue almost every night during the summer, but for the 4th of July we wanted to do something different," says Sarah. And this isn't just any cioppino; it's Dave Marcley's, owner and chef of Dave's Grill in Montauk Harbor, one of the Akins' favorite local restaurants. "Dave and his wife, Julie, are coming today-and you know that you can't keep a chef out of the kitchen," says Sarah.
...Meanwhile, Bobby is giving guests a tour of the 1929 Cape Cod-style home, which is built on one of the highest bluffs in Montauk. "My grandfather fell in love with Montauk for the fishing and close-knit community," Bobby says. "It wasn't long before he bought this place." Although Los Angeles is home, Bobby spent his summers here and feels a special connection with this East Coast spot. "There is something special about Montauk," he says. "I love the open space, the smell of the air, and the great beaches. L.A. has great weather all the time, but a nice day in Montauk is so much nicer than the best day in L.A."
When chef Dave is satisfied that the cioppino is exactly how he likes it, the Akins and their guests gather at the two picnic tables. Everyone agrees that the best part of the meal is dunking the garlicky bread into the cioppino. As dusk begins to settle, Sarah brings out mixed-berry shortcakes with vanilla whipped cream.
Katie Lee's Favorite East End Restaurant(s)
People often ask me what my favorite restaurant on the East End is, and though there are many I love, Dave's Grill is my number one. Coming to Dave's just feels like vacation-it is exactly what dining in the summertime should be like. Located on the boat docks in Montauk, the rustic exterior gives way to a dimly lit, cozy dining room. There are always delicious catch-of-the-day specials, often striped bass or swordfish, but I typically order the cioppino (the very best I have had anywhere) or the fried flounder, and I pray that someone at my table orders the butter-poached lobster roll so that I can have a bite.
The Hamptons 38: The Very Best of the East End 2013
The "cozy", "pricey" Continental "right on the docks" in Montauk "rocks the East End" with its "extensive menu" of "impeccably prepared", "tremendous seafood"; while chef Dave's "gracious" wife Julie is the "best hostess anywhere", the "strange" "same-day reservation policy" is a "pain" for many who insist "the odds" of getting a seat "are about the same as winning the lottery"; P.S. closed in the off-season.
|KATIE LEE "AT HOME" Blog
On the easternmost tip of Long Island, in the village of Montauk, my favorite restaurant Dave's Grill sits on the dock amongst all of the fishing boats. Signs beckon day-trippers to come aboard with promises of a bountiful catch. Dave's Grill looks humble from the outside, but inside white tablecloths line the cozy booths and candlelight creates a warm atmosphere. In my opinion (and many other's, judging by the difficulty that comes with trying to secure a reservation), it's the best seafood on the entire island. Everything, and I mean everything, is fantastic.
I am a creature of habit, so I always order the same thing - the cioppino - a kind of "fisherman's stew" of fish, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, and lobster, in a delicious tomato broth, and served with a piece of crusty garlic bread to soak up all those yummy juices.
Welcome to the Hamptons: A Newcomer's Eating Guide
For a low-key dinner, Katie heads to Dave's Grill in Montauk. It overlooks the marina, so you can have fresh seafood right off of the docks. Their same-day reservation policy can be a challenge, but don't let it discourage you: Keep calling until you get through.
|From around the web
"And for Dessert... a little bit of everything!! Thx Dave's Grill for a Fantastic dinner!!"
- Giada De Laurentiis
"Dave's Grill in Montauk...to me, that is heaven."
- Aerin Lauder (reveals her most treasured East End locales)
HAMPTONS July, 2013
"Another fabulous dinner @ one of my Fav's Dave's Grill in Montauk!"
- Giada De Laurentiis
"I am a creature of habit, so I always order the same thing — the Cioppino… served with a piece of crusty garlic bread to soak up all those yummy juices."
- Katie Lee
At Home Blog