Old-School Hamptons, part 3: Cyril’s fish house

Thursday, July 14, 2011
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from the pages of AVENUE’s July issue…

The Hamptons have seen its share of trendy restaurants come and then vanish the very next season.  But what we love most about eating and drinking on the East End are the places that have been around for decades. Dog-ear our list of old-school hangouts and you will truly feel like you’ve been spending summer at the beach for decades.

by Peter Davis

photographs by Richard Lewin


Cyril’s Fish House

2167 Montauk Highway, Montauk, N.Y. 11954


Cyril’s is Montauk’s main hang-out where booze, babes in bikinis and loud music are the draw (order a potent “BBC”: a Bailey’s Banana Colada). Sixty-eight-year-old owner Cyril Fitzsimons always holds court at a front table, sporting his signature sarong and straw hat, puffing away on Marlboro Reds. Celebrity guests like Paul Simon, Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel mix with surfers and rowdy beach bums, but Richard Nixon put it best when he said of Cyril’s: “I was a big fan.” As are we.


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