Sure, Lily Pond won its fight with its landlord and will be back in East Hampton this year, but its far from the most exciting Hamptons news today. Jimmy Muir, owner of Clementes Maryland Crab House in Sheepshead Bay (a summer spot every bit as enjoyable as Captain Lunas), tells us hes opening a Montauk location, at the old Havana Beach Club at 448 West Lake Drive, in about three weeks. Like the current Clementes, which got a gut renovation back in November, itll have a back deck overlooking a marina (itll seat about 70), and itll also boast a takeout window (for lobster rolls and Italian ices) overlooking a front yard with about 50 seats for picnicking. What there wont be, owing to seating concerns, is the $29.95 all-you-can-eat crab special that Clementes is best known for.
While you wait for the Hamptons outpost to open, you may want to reacquaint yourself with the original. Muir, who gets his crabs from Maryland, Long Island, and Louisiana as supply allows, tells us, The females are nice right now. The males have been coming in small so I send them back, but the females are sweet, juicy, and full of meat. He has also added Alaskan-king-crab legs ($29.95) and snow-crab legs ($23.95) to his menu. And if youre planning to go overboard on the all-you-can-eat special, he says he wont stop you. Thereve been times when people were sitting here for four or five hours, eating well over 30 crabs. They make a day of it.