Long Island restaurants with a water view
Whether you're sitting down to a pulled pork sandwich, a plate of fried clams or a big lobster dinner, your food will taste that much better when eaten at an outdoor table -- preferably one within view of sparkling water.
On Long Island, there is no shortage of restaurants that take to the decks and patios for picturesque summer dining. Any of these may have just the table for you.
Selections by Newsday's food staff.
Scarpetta Beach(Credit: Aaron Zebrook)
Scarpetta Beach (at Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa), Montauk: Scarpetta Beach makes the biggest splash of the summer and turns Gurney's oceanfront resort in Montauk into a dining destination.
Phil's Waterfront Bar and Grill(Credit: Lighthouse Marina)
Phil's Waterfront Bar and Grill, Aquebogue: Phil's Waterfront Bar and Grill has opened at the Lighthouse Marina in Aquebogue in what had been The Meeting House Creek Inn for 25 years. There's extensive outdoor seating, boat-side service, daily specials, takeout, many TVs and live entertainment.
Navy Beach(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Navy Beach, Montauk: At this beachfront eatery, you can enjoy seafood specialties (or buttermilk fried chicken), literally with your toes in the sand.
The Cove(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)
The Cove, Glen Cove: The restaurant at Jude Thaddeus Marina in Glen Cove has changed hands five times since 2010 (the most recent incarnation, Boca, lasted less than a year), but what never changes is that this is one of the North Shore's prettiest waterside dining spots. At The Cove, new for 2016, stick to the basics while you soak up the sun -- or the sunset -- on the spacious patio. Any bottle of beer, glass of wine, plate of oysters or bucket of steamed clams will taste just fine while you watch the boats bobbing in the marina, or making their way home from Hempstead Bay.
The Oar(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
The Oar, Patchogue: The Oar in Patchogue powers you to seafood and steak, and doubtless a few drinks, while providing a very summery water view.
Butler's Flat(Credit: Linda Rosier)
Butler's Flat, Port Washington: Named after the lighthouse in New Bedford, Massachusetts, this New England-style clam shack in Brewer Capri Marina West has a sweeping view of Manhasset Bay. Highlights include fried belly clams (with good fries and slaw), steamed littlenecks, and a meaty, mayonnaise-free lobster roll. Butler's Flat will open for the 2016 season on Thursday, May 5.
Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille(Credit: Allison Michael Orenstein)
Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille, Port Washington: This local landmark has a perch on Manhasset Bay. In its current life, look for the East and West coast oysters, shrimp cocktail, steamed lobster, oven-roasted cod, hoisin-glazed tuna, tuna tartare tacos, calamari with garlic and hot pepper, dry-aged Meyer Ranch strip steak.
Bay Vue(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)
Bay Vue, Lindenhurst: Look onto Great South Bay while relishing the lobster roll, lobster macaroni-and-cheese, linguine with white or red clam sauce, fish-and-chips, fried calamari and the raw bar.
Wave Seafood Kitchen(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Wave Seafood Kitchen, Port Jefferson: Enjoy views of Long Island Sound when dining al fresco at this eatery.
Inlet Seafood(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Inlet Seafood, Montauk: Dine on the deck within view of narrow waterways, open sea and distant coastlines. At this east end restaurant, freshness of seafood -- sushi included -- is paramount.
Prime(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Prime, Huntington: This big, bold spot offers a New American menu that may be enjoyed on the porch overlooking Huntington Harbor. At the separate informal outdoor area, there's a dockside menu, but no protection from the sun.
Turkuaz Grill(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Turkuaz Grill, Riverhead: From the porch or patio of authentic Turkish restaurant, soak up the sun by day and, in the evening, count the stars over the Peconic River. Nibble on a vibrant shepherd's salad, an assortment of meze, or small plates, of house-made gyro and juicy kebabs. Creamy sutlac (rice pudding) makes for an optimal conclusion.
East Hampton Point(Credit: J. Michael Dombroski)
East Hampton Point, East Hampton: Three Mile Harbor glistens at sunset and sometimes all day. This waterside restaurant, provides the perch, plus tuna crudo, a local seafood stew, day-boat halibut, and strip steak with heirloom tomatoes.
The Old Mill Inn(Credit: Randee Daddona)
The Old Mill Inn, Mattituck: There may be no lovelier dining spot on the North Fork than the gently swaying deck of The Old Mill Inn, a former grist mill built in 1820. Watch fishing trawlers and sailing boats returning from Long Island Sound to moor for the night. The menu ranges from Old American to New American to Mediterranean.
Wall's Wharf(Credit: Yana Paskova)
Wall's Wharf, Bayville: At this spot, you can sit at an umbrella table right on the deck or even the beach, where you can watch your kids build sand castles over a burger, salad or lobster roll. Evenings, you'll find an American menu with such choices as crabcakes, steak and sesame-crusted tuna.
Ocean(Credit: Yana Paskova)
Ocean, Bayville: This eatery at Crescent Beach Club, has a sunset lounge and a menu designed for enjoying on the deck.
Salt(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)
Salt, Shelter Island: Arrive by boat or car to this buoyant restaurant with a wine-tasting room that specializes in local vineyards.
View(Credit: Randee Daddona)
View, Oakdale: This chic waterside spot offers dining on the deck and sweeping nautical views of the Great South Bay from indoors. Culinary choices include wood-roasted local oysters, blue claw crab and corn chowder, fricassee of shellfish and filet mignon.
The Sloppy Tuna(Credit: Doug Young)
The Sloppy Tuna, Montauk: Swimsuits and flip-flops are the rule at this spot on the edge of the beach with an upstairs bar and renovated deck overlooking sand and surf. On chef Reed Lucas' summery menu: watermelon salad, Montauk clams on the half shell and the signature tuna burger.
Fatfish Bar & Bistro(Credit: Newsday / Michael E. Ach)
Fatfish Bar & Bistro, Bay Shore: This spot offers a great view of the Great South Bay, accompanied by a Mediterranean-inspired repertoire -- a bar and tapas menu, too.
A Lure(Credit: Randee Daddona)
A Lure, Southold: A wraparound deck seats 100 diners at chef Tom Schaudel's eatery at the Port of Egypt marina with views of the water and the barrier beach bird sanctuary. The choices are mainly fish and shellfish, with a few if you must steaks and burgers.
Maliblue Oyster Bar(Credit: Barbara Alper)
Maliblue Oyster Bar, Lido Beach: Situated within Lido Beach's Malibu Shore Club but open to the public, this casual spot is an American eatery with a sushi bar and fish-shack menu that offers patio seating in view of the pool and the dunes.
Shipwreck Tavern(Credit: Newsday/Bill Davis )
Shipwreck Tavern, Bayville: Eat on the rooftop deck, at a table or by the tiki bar of this kitschy spot. The view of Long Island Sound goes well with the fine lobster roll and hand-cut fries.