La Bodega Offers Puerto Rican Fusion in Montauk

Former councilwoman finds life after East Hampton Town Board with new restaurant.

Two local women are bringing Puerto Rican fusion cuisine to one of the most central spots in downtown Montauk.

opened Memorial Day weekend on The Plaza. There is no other sit-down restaurant of its kind in Montauk.

Owners Julia Prince and Paulette Davis, both hailing from Montauk, and Jose Rodriguez wanted to open a restaurant with a different vibe. "There was no place in town I could get a good drink or a café con leche and feed Hudson," Prince said referring to her 2-year-old son.

They both wanted a place where residents and visitors could comfortably gather in a laid-back environment and get good food, from empanadas to a classic turkey club, and good drinks from an espresso to milkshakes.

Both owners were also looking for something new to do.

and had always wanted to open a restaurant ever since she worked in the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, long before her stint in local government.

Davis, an owner of Davis Builders, is a former flight attendant and started the clothing line Earthly Sole. She spends the winters in Puerto Rico, giving birth to the idea to blend American and Puerto Rican food. Prince was amenable having spent three winters in Uruguay.

Just a taste of the menu include items like Cubano Marielito, pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard ($9.50); Avocado toast, fresh avocado on a buttered cinderinas toast with chili flakes and drizzled with honey ($6.50); and Huero Caballo, two eggs over easy on top of Puerto Rican rice and beans served with Los Cinderinas bread ($8).

La Bodega is currently open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The owners just received a liquor license, and plan to be open until midnight soon. Breakfast is served all day, and you'll find your average items like french toast, waffles, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches on the menu. The restaurant also serves a variety of breakfast bowls like the Dogman's Bowl, with apple juice, acai, banana and honey($8.50).

The space, which had been The Plaza for 20 years, was completely renovated. Galvantized metal hands on the wall, vibrant colors abound, and the mirrored walls are hand-painted with menu items.

La Bodega serves Café la Casona, an imported Puerto Rican coffee. Vegetarian items and options for the lactose-intollerent are plentiful. There's even a "Soy So Happy Shake" on the menu.

Prince said she hopes to expand the business to include retail items, like exclusive coffees and clothing (Which would lend itself well to the business' name).

Jim Brennan June 12, 2012 at 09:27 PM
The Huevos Caballo is great. The eggs are cooked gently (a true art in a world of overcooked crispy/chewy eggs) and the Rice Beans and Plantain Mixture is great. Put a dash of hot sauce on it and its the best breakfast in Montauk. Very friendly too!
sally June 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
looking forward to stopping by!
Karla June 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Do not eat here. Worst experience of my life. Food took over an hour. Staff was terrible. Then the manager was so rude to us. Making excuses, blaming all her staff and the telling us we didn't know anything about the restaurant industry and that we should understand why our food was all wrong, arrived 60 mins late without silverware or napkins. Then said she didn't have time to talk to us, meanwhile we were the onlyones that actually hung around for our food. The last 5 tables had left the restaurant bc their food never came. NEVER go here! BAD service BAD food. NEVER AGAIN.
montauk local June 18, 2012 at 09:07 PM
best food on earth and in mtk
montauk local June 18, 2012 at 09:09 PM
if you want fast food, go to south hampton, and stay there
Josh Williams June 20, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Awful experience. Place was 1/4 full and took more than an hour to get our food. Finally came ice cold and tasted horribly, not to mention they messed up the order. Has a ton of potential (reason why we came in) but extremely poorly managed. Don't expect to have a pleasant experience. If the "tiny kitchen" can't accommodate a 1/4 full restaurant I can't imagine a full house. Understand food takes time to cool but an hour wait for a diner is a lot to ask, as noted by the many patrons leaving before we did.
Karla June 21, 2012 at 02:53 AM
@ Montauk local. Your comments are rude and unwarranted. It was not the speed of the restaurant that was the biggest problem. it was the rude manager who treated her customers terribly. We patiently waited for over an hour, and then were told,"you cant get what you ordered b/c the waiter put your order in wrong twice, and now the kitchen is closed...i don't have time to talk to you about this" I mean we ordered something straight off the menu with no changes or substitutions, and they could not even deliver it. The manager was so busy she "couldn't talk to us" meanwhile the restaurant was empty b/c all the other tables were fed-up and left without eating. Not to mention the food itself was mediocre at best once we finally were given something to eat. If you want to be treated like crap, eat here.
Juan galindo August 02, 2012 at 01:37 AM


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