Catching the attention of locals and tourists alike, Hooked in Montauk sets itself apart with elevated takeout food at reasonable prices.
“I felt there was a need for a casual and affordable eatery in Montauk,” said owner Brian Mooney who opened the spot with his wife Gillian on May 1. “With a family of five, I know how expensive it can be to eat out.”
Brian brings expertise from his 24 years spent as a general manager and cook at the historic Clam Bar at Napeague. There he fostered very close relationships with local fishermen, which now allows him to handpick Hooked’s seafood from places like Gosman’s Dock daily.
Visitors can dabble with grilled tuna, swordfish or mahi mahi as well as the raved about tuna poke bowl, lobster roll and fish tacos. For those who rather keep their palates on land flavors, the “off the hook” section offers burgers, BBQ baby back ribs, a grilled chicken sandwich and a veggie burger. (Prices range from $6–$19 for starters and $10–$25 for main dishes.) There’s even a “guppies” menu with grilled cheese and fish bites for the little ones.
The interior adds to the nautical vibes with shiplap walls, fishing rope and authentic fishing accessories including lobster traps and mini buoys as table numbers. There is also an open kitchen with counter service and picnic tables outside on the patio.
“Customers can come in with sand still between their toes and enjoy a restaurant quality meal,” said Brian.
Hooked is located at 34 South Etna Ave and the summer hours are 11:30am to 8pm daily.