The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
Seaside restaurants are particularly vulnerable during major storms. Not surprisingly, the brute force of Sandy has brought down many a popular Long Island spot. Some will be rebuilt; others, perhaps not.
Right now, by all accounts, Freeport’s Nautical Mile looks like a war zone. Tropix, on whose deck, just months ago, I sipped sangria and ate pizza, has burned down. Bracco’s Clam & Oyster Bar lies in ruins and E.B. Elliot's is in a sorry state following major flooding.
In Long Beach, Swingbellys Beachside BBQ is only one of many restaurants on the western end of the city to have taken a bad hit (Swingbellys' smaller Lynbrook branch is currently up and running). Other Long Beach restaurants flooded out: Bahia Social Club, Minnesota's, Caffe Laguna and any other place along West Beech Street.
Lawson Pub in Oceanside was severely flooded but aims to reopen within the next few weeks, provided all goes as planned.
Buoy Bar in Point Lookout was also drenched in water.
In Oakdale, View has suffered significant damage and will be out of the picture for at least a few weeks.
Pepi's in Southold was almost demolished, half its deck gone, liquor bottles floating in the water. This according to eyewitness, chef/restaurateur Tom Schaudel, who observed a boat planted in the restaurant’s entryway. Meanwhile, Schaudel's neighboring restaurant, A Lure, escaped with its interior virtually unscathed.
Cowfish in Hampton Bays has been temporarily closed. A voice-mail message says updates about a reopening date will be added every 24 hours.
We will add more information — about these and other restaurants — as it becomes available.
Above: View, in Oakdale, will undergo significant repairs before reopening