- Fry the salt pork until the fat is rendered and the cubes are crispy
- Fry onions in the salt pork until light brown
- Add the clams, their liquor and potatoes. Thicken with butter and flour.
- Season well.
- Serve on toast, garnished with chopped parsley.
The Affair- Amazon Prime
This compelling TV drama stars Dominic West and Ruth Wilson as protagonists Noah and Alison. Playing out over 5 series the show details an affair between Montauk based waitress Alison and NY based writer, Noah and the subsequent fallout. The gorgeous setting of Montauk is almost as spellbinding as the story itself.
Mr Robot – Amazon Prime
Starring Oscar winning actor Rami Malek this gripping psychological thriller showcases various Brooklyn settings to great effect. Malek stars as Elliot Anderson, a cybersecurity engineer and hacker battling clinical depression and anxiety.
Girls – Amazon Prime
Premiering in 2012 Girls is set in and around Brooklyn. Starring and written by Lena Dunham it focuses on Hannah Horvath and her friends Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna and details their life as young 20 somethings focusing on their jobs, lives and relationships. Lauded at the time for reinventing the female ensemble piece it was also often held up as a prime example of a millennial drama.
Brooklyn, Colm Toibin
This 2009 novel by Irish novelist Colm Toibin is his 6th book and is set both in Brooklyn and Ireland in the 1950s. It tells the story of young woman Eilis Lacey who crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself in Brooklyn. Far from home and homesick, Eilish tentatively begins a new life and finds friendship and love. However, she then receives news which sends her back to Ireland and thus a choice between love and duty.
Montauk, Nicola Harrison
This debut novel by Nicola Harrison tells the story of Beatrice Bordeaux who spends the summer in Montauk sequestered by high society wives on the behest of her husband’s investment. She finds herself increasingly drawn to the natural beauty of the Montauk coastline and inhabitants. She soon meets a man that forces her to face incidents from her past and thus question her future with her husband.
Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby Jr
This 1964 cult novel has become somewhat of a modern classic. It takes a harsh and uncompromising look at the lower class Brooklyn of the 1950s. Causing a stir upon it’s release in the 60s the idiosyncratic prose can be challenging as it tells the tale of New Yorkers and their worst excesses; yet it is clear that there are moments of tenderness and reflection in these difficult portrayals.
Transformer, Lou Reed (album)
Brooklyn born Lou Reed is responsible for classics both from his time in the Velvet Underground and then as a solo artist. His 1972 album is seen by some as his definitive piece of work featuring classic songs ‘Perfect Day’ and ‘walk on the wild side’, the latter gaining widespread acceptance and acclamation despite it’s gritty subject matter.
Brooklyn Baby, Lana Del Ray (single)
This atmospheric Lana Del Ray tune comes from her album ‘Ultraviolence’ and samples from Lou Reed, jazz and beat poetry – all mixed in together this creates a glorious paen to Brooklyn which is both evocative and mysterious.
Playlist inspired by Surf Lodge, Montauk
Have a listen to this playlist compiled by boutique Hotel Surf Lodge, Montauk. If you can’t physically be there this is surely the next best thing and wonderful for sunny daydreaming.