Ruschmeyer’s is a staple spot in Montauk that several scenesters flock to each summer. This year the King & Grove hotel collaborated with the team from The Smile in Manhattan to run the restaurant with their current chef. The restaurant is steps away from the water making for a picturesque sunset view at night. The waiters are composed of mostly adorable boys that look like models by day for Saturdays Surf and surfing instructors on the weekend. There are wooden ceiling boards and benches as seats. Big balloon shaped balls compose the lighting, and the crowd ranges from parents probably staying in the hotel, Europeans and 20 somethings here who are in search of having a good ‘ole summer night. Dinner time isn’t as sceney as the bar becomes around midnight.
Because you are by the water, you need to order seafood. Lobster splatters the menu from Lobster Bisque to Lobster Salad with Toasted Coconut and the special Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese. There are wood oven pizzas that look incredible and fluffy such as the White Clam Pizza. The entrees and specials really captured my eye so we decided to do things a little differently by ordering the Lobster Roll as our appetizer and splitting three ways because why not! This lobster roll is close to perfect. It’s mixed with celery adding the crunch every roll needs, and the buttered bun melts in your mouth. There is an abundance of lobster meat, and the mayo doesn’t douse the bread or seafood. It’s truly special and you can’t miss this. It’s one of the best ones I’ve ever had and compares to my all time favorite Luke’s Lobster.
In seafood country, we made a bold move by ordering the special main course which was Brisket and Caramelized Onions. Hey, it’s summertime which means BBQ is the cover of ever food magazine and the topic of every blog right now. This pile of meat truly delivered and satisfied every brisket craving and more. It’s tender as hell, dreamy and the onions rock. Now onto the Halibut. This was such a sad dish. It tasted like nothing and there was some bizarre orange sauce which was supposed to be salsa verde (?) that looked more like spicy mayo. Pass. The Swordfish with Cucumber Couscous is a better fish option. It emits some juice in a good way which is hard to do with this kind of fish. Definitely treat yourself to a bottle of the Bedell Rose. This is the definition of summer in a glass and delicious. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT miss the S’mores in Jar dessert. It’s a regular special so cross your fingers. I mean this jar of fun is filled with crunchy, creamy and crumbly textures all in one. The burnt marshmallow on top is torched and below it is a mixture of chocolate pudding tasting more like milk chocolate than rich dark chocolate. There are layers filled with graham cracker surprises. It’s off the charts. It’s unbeatable. It’s loveable. Stick with the lobster roll, rose and s’mores in a jar and you can call it your best summer night right there.