Quick! Before your summer social calendar whisks you away, make a date to escape to a tranquil oasis in the heart of Montauk. Arbor opened in May and the new kid on the block is already making friends with vacationers.
Owned by Apollo Global Management co-founder Marc Rowan, Arbor is under the direction of managing director Steven Jauffrineau and executive chef Pierre Sudre. Jauffrineau brings his experience from the renowned Manhattan French bistro La Goulue and Shelter Island hot spot Sunset Beach. Sudre, a native of South France, sharpened his culinary expertise with the Sofitel Hotel group in Miami, Houston and Los Angeles. The restaurant serves dinner Wednesday through Sunday and incorporates a weekend brunch.
It is the quintessential destination for a retreat. A lush arbor captivates visitors upon arrival and once inside, casual seating and hanging light pendants add an eclectic touch. The delicious smells of Mediterranean cuisine fill the dining room and put a fresh taste in your mouth before you take a bite.
“[Montauk] becomes a more famous destination every year,” said Sudre. “[It’s for] friends and family who are on vacation to relax, not a typical business dinner.”
To start brunch, chef Sudre recommends the Tomato Panzanella Tartare, a delectable French bean salad followed by the Salmon Gravlax. This entrée is glazed in horseradish gel complemented by roasted potatoes and baby arugula. Another recommended dish is the French Toast paired with mixed berries and lemon pepper crispy bacon to add zest.
A popular appetizer for both lunch and dinner is the Cucumber and Watermelon Salad, the perfect blend of greens served with goodale feta and seabean, drizzled in a sweet raita dressing. The Trufata Pizza is another fan favorite, dressed in stracciatella cheese, mushrooms, pickled red onions, arugula salad and finished with a white truffle oil.
The Market Fish is one of the biggest crowd pleasers; enjoy sea-to-table service with black and striped bass straight from the Atlantic.
For an aperitif or digestif, take a seat at the 30-foot bar with about a dozen craft beer options and four wine dispensing machines, and a distinct program that promises 15-20 vino options by the glass.
“We have an exquisite sparkling rosé and that is what summers in Montauk are all about,” said Sudre.
Arbor is very much what summers in Montauk are all about, too.
Arbor is located at 240 Fort Pond Road, Montauk