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Chef exits Gurney's in Montauk

The refurbished dining room is a refreshing highlight

The refurbished dining room is a refreshing highlight at The Seawater Grill at Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa in Montauk. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Seth Levine no longer is the executive chef at Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. Jennifer Oz LeRoy also has departed as food and beverage director.

They were brought in with much fanfare earlier this year as the landmark resort, formerly Gurney's Inn,  continues to undergo a major overhaul under new management. Sucessors to Levine and LeRoy have not been named.

A spokeswoman confirmed that Levine and LeRoy were under a "short-term contract" at Gurney's. She said a new menu for The Seawater Grill, the main restaurant, has not been finalized.

During the summer season, shortly after the new, more ambitious menu was unveiled, pricier items such as an appetizer with foie gras and waffles, and a porterhouse steak for two were dropped.

Levine's cooking earned The Seawater Grill a two-star rating in Newsday. His notable dishes included tuna tartare tacos with molecular soy-sauce "pearls," Montauk fluke crudo with micro fennel and grapefruit-infused olive oil, and oysters Rockefeller fritters. There also was fine lobster, steamed or broiled.

Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk; 631-668-2345.

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