New Moon Cafe

I know that I have stated more than once that I am not much of a carnivore, but sometimes that yearning for meat calls from the depths of my genetic ancestry.  When this happens, I usually crave something slow cooked over a smoldering barbeque.  Where to find that in the land of seafood, pasta and nouveau Francais/Asian Fusion?  We have Tex-Mex right on Main Street in East Quogue.

Located on the north side of Montauk Highway at the east end of the village is the reality of the dream of a transplanted Texas Vietnam Veteran and the love of his life, his partner and wife.  His specialty is barbeque and her’s is desserts.  Welcome to the New Moon Café.

Shana and Ron Campsey have created an oasis of Tex-Mex and BBQ that can satisfy the carnivore in all of us.  Recent visits had samplings of wonderful barbecued brisket (available as a sandwich or a full dinner), pork ribs (as an appetizer or dinner), an amazing “Cowboy” skirt steak (marinated and smothered with sautéed peppers and onions) and delightful pulled pork.  On the Mex side of Tex-Mex, there are fajitas, burritos/chimichangas, tacos and quesadillas.  And, if your fancy is still seafood, there is a selection of grilled, broiled or blackened denizens of the deep.  Desserts run the gamut from cheesecake to ice cream to everything in between.  In addition to the menu, there is a board with nightly specials.  They have a full bar with many local beers on tap.  Prices run under $20 for a plate of good food that will leave you with more than enough to take home.

New Moon is open Wednesday to Sunday in the off season (September to May) and 7 days during the summer.

New Moon claims that they serve nothing that has not been made on premises.  All of the meats are smoked on site and Shana makes the desserts.  All in all, New Moon makes for an interesting alternative to that local T…… pub that we all know and love (like).  But this is, after all, just one man’s opinion.

New Moon Café, 524 Montauk Highway, East Quogue NY; (631)653-4042 (

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