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Joe's Crab Shack cracks open in Riverhead

Bucket of snow crab, Joe's Crab Shack

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Joe’s Crab Shack, a Houston-based seafood chain, just opened in Riverhead, taking over the former home of Boulder Creek Steakhouse. This follows last winter’s entrance of a Joe’s Crab Shack in Oceanside.

On the menu: a bucket of shrimp with Old Bay seasoning (12 for $8.59 or 18 for $11.49), blackened redfish ($13.99), a chipotle bacon cheeseburger ($9.89) a bucket of crab — choose among snow...

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Crabby Amy's reopens in Seaford; Catfish Max doesn't

Crabby Amy's, fully remodeled, is up and running

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Having taken a big hit from superstorm Sandy, Crabby Amy's is back to serving seafood omelets ($14.95), lobster rolls ($14.95) and fried clam sandwiches ($6.95) in Seaford's Treasure Island Marina. The casual spot, with outdoor tables and counter service, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as live music on Sunday and Thursday evenings.

Owner Amy Breidenbach’s other waterside restaurant,...

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Hudsons on the Nautical Mile, Freeport

Hudson's on the Mile opened in May 2013

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“Long Island’s most seafood restaurants,” is a boast that Freeport’s Nautical Mile can credibly make. Long Island’s best seafood restaurants is another matter. Over the weekend I dined at Hudsons on the Mile, the post-Sandy makeover of Hudson & McCoy Fish House. I’m afraid that it does not appreciably raise the culinary bar.

There were no whole lobsters on the menu so we went with two...

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Braking for clams in Smithtown

Nick's Pizza and Clam Bar in Smithtown has

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When I’m at the beach, I want clams on the half shell. I’ll take them when I’m on the bank of a river or by the side of a lake. Also, in the vicinity of no water at all.

Today driving along the treed splendor of Route 25A in Smithtown, I passed Nick’s Pizza and Clam Bar, a seasonal place that always seems to be closed when I’m in the neighborhood. Today I hit the brakes and settled in for...

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Red Fish, Plainview, to close, transform

Exterior of Red Fish Grille located at 430

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If you’ve been yearning for the Asian lacquered Chilean sea bass or kung pao calamari at Red Fish Grille in Plainview, better get there soon, since Sunday, June 9, will be its last day. This according to owner Art Bloom, who has been slowly but steadily renovating and refurbishing the site.

Bloom first launched Red Fish back in 2002, after transforming an earlier incarnation of his, Fat Artie’s....

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Post-Sandy Hudsons on the Mile opening in Freeport

Hudsons on the Mile is set to open

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Following an extensive post-Sandy renovation, the former Hudson & McCoy in Freeport is to open this Thursday, May 23, with new owners and a new name. Now known as Hudsons on the Mile, the seafood-focused restaurant is owned by Butch Yamali, whose holdings also include Maliblue Oyster Bar in Lido Beach, as well as several catering properties.

“We put in a sushi bar and updated the menu,”...

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Artie’s in Island Park: High-frying fish

Fried fluke is a specialty at Artie's South

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Whole grilled fish, it’s the hip, cool, Mediterranean way to go. But last night I took a stroll down memory lane with a whole, deep-fried fluke at Artie’s South Shore Fish & Grill in Island Park.

It’s hard to imagine any cooking method that wouldn’t succeed with Artie’s fluke ($26): Proprietor Artie Hoerning caught them himself the day before. My dad went the heart-healthy route (possibly...

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Buoy One Seafood Restaurant opens in Huntington

Fried whole (Ipswich or belly) clams are a

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Once I knew that Buoy One was up and running in Huntington Village, it was just a matter of figuring out how soon I could stop in for a doubleheader of fried clams and steamers. I rarely drive by the fish restaurant’s first location, on Route 25 in Riverhead, without braking for a clam fix, and, as of Thursday, those clams had moved much closer to my office in Melville. Friday, I pounced.


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Parkside Cafe in Seaford reopens post-Sandy

On the water in Seaford, the Parkside Cafe

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Parkside Cafe, perched above the canals of Seaford, was nearly demolished by superstorm Sandy. As owner Joe Bonomo tells it, the place had to be stripped down to the studs, its interior rebuilt entirely.

Now, freshly remodeled, the Parkside has reopened and will feature live music tonight. On chef Matthew Vitale’s menu: kung pao calamari ($14), tuna tartare ($17), Cajun spiced jumbo diver...

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Whale's Tale, Northport: Reopened and weather-ready

A scene from late summer, 2011, at Whale's

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The Whale’s Tale, situated in Northport’s Brittania Marina, has opened for the season — and beyond. Owner Sosh Andriano said that a newly installed detachable glass enclosure keeps the chill winds away and may make it possible for the water-view place to stay open most of the year. The enclosure is stowed in summer, when plastic wind curtains are used on rainy days. For very hot days, a new misting...

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