Lobster nights on Long Island
If you are currently hearing the siren sound of the steamed lobster, take note: Somewhere on Long Island, tonight is lobster night.
Some restaurants wow you with variety -- lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, corn, potatoes. Others tempt you with two lobsters, and the great advantage of this approach is the probability of leftovers and the prospect of lobster salad for lunch the next day.
Whatever your priorities, there's a lobster special to suit you. All of these restaurants run their specials through Labor Day, and many extend them throughout the year. Reservations are highly recommended since you'll want to make sure there's a lobster left for you.
Fatfish Wine Bar & Bistro(Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz)
Fatfish Wine Bar & Bistro, Bay Shore: With its serene, canal-side location, Fatfish is one of Long Island's prettiest summer dining spots. On Mondays you can also enjoy the beautiful sight of a 11/2-pound steamed lobster. The meal starts with a grilled vegetable salad, and the lobster is accompanied by mussels in red or white sauce, roasted potatoes and corn on the cob.
Details: Monday, lunch and dinner; $32
Captree Cove Restaurant(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)
Captree Cove Restaurant, Bay Shore: At this restaurant overlooking the surf at Captree State Park, the lobster-clambake (pictured) is sumptuous: 1½-pound lobster plus littleneck and topneck clams, oysters, mussels and shrimp, plus corn on the cob, roasted red potatoes and vegetable.
Details: dinner nightly; $49.99, depending on market
LaMotta's Waterside Restaurant(Credit: Ian J. Stark)
LaMotta's Waterside Restaurant, Port Washington: From the shaded tables on LaMotta's outdoor deck, you overlook the boats in Manhasset Bay Marina to the whole glittering bay beyond. Dine there from Monday to Tuesday and take advantage of the "bottomless lobster pot" special for $39.95: choice of appetizer, corn on the cob and as many 1¼-pound lobsters as you can eat. Beautiful view, steamed lobsters, bargain price -- what could be bad? Reservations required.
Details: Monday and Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m.; $39.95
Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)
Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille, Port Washington: Two 1 1/4-pound lobsters are preceded by either Louie's excellent New England clam chowder or a house salad accompanied by mussels, clams, corn on the cob and a baked potato; followed by Key lime pie or ice cream. Enjoy it all in one of Louie's classic oyster bar dining rooms or on the outdoor deck overlooking Manhasset Bay.
Details: Monday and Tuesday, lunch and dinner; $36
Nautilus Cafe(Credit: Nautilus Cafe)
Nautilus Cafe, Freeport: Many lobster specials involve a "chicken" lobster (1 to 11/4 pounds) surrounded by a lot of other shellfish. But according to Brian Crofton, chef-owner of Nautilus Cafe, "a chix is an appetizer." Nautilus' Monday special consists of two 2-pound bruisers for the price of one. The lobsters come from Jordan Lobster Farms in Island Park, and Crofton orders mostly females, which have wider tails and contain roe. Each lobster comes with a choice of Caesar or a mixed-green salad.
Details: Monday, lunch and dinner; $65 ($32.50 a person)
Jedediah Hawkins Inn(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Jamesport: The gracious grounds of this Victorian Inn are the perfect setting for a lazy, lobster-filled afternoon. Chef Craig Attwood serves a traditional clambake (pictured) with half a lobster, clams and mussels all steamed in lobster broth with Long Seasons Farms corn and Invincible Summer Farms new potatoes.
Details: Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m.; $30
Chachama Grill(Credit: John Griffin)
Chachama Grill, East Patchogue: A 2-pound lobster with grilled corn, ancho-lemon butter and baked potato. Start with either mussels or lobster bisque. Dessert: sorbet.
Details: Tuesday, lunch and dinner; $47
Peter's Clam Bar(Credit: Aaron Zebrook)
Peter's Clam Bar, Island Park: At this venerable seafood house overlooking Barnum Island Channel, you can have your 1 1/2-pound lobster steamed with coleslaw and corn on the cob, or prepared scampi- or Fra Diavolo-style with pasta.
Details: Tuesday, lunch and dinner; $19.95
The Patio(Credit: Aaron Zebrook)
The Patio, Freeport: As its name implies, most of this restaurant sprawls over a patio that overlooks Freeport Marina's bobbing boats. On Wednesday nights, chef Alex Algieri offers two lobster specials: The first includes soup and salad and unlimited pots containing a 11/4-pound lobster, clams, mussels, potatoes and corn. The second includes soup and salad and one 13/4-pound lobster stuffed with shrimp and crab, accompanied by grilled corn and house frites.
Details: Wednesday dinner; $29.95
Babylon Carriage House(Credit: Jesse Newman)
Babylon Carriage House, Babylon: Located in an actual 19th century carriage house, the restaurant runs this special year-round, but during the summer there's live music and outdoor dining. A very good price for a 11/2-pound lobster, littleneck clams, mussels, corn on the cob (all steamed) and roasted potatoes.
Details: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday dinner; $19.95
Mitch & Toni's(Credit: Yana Paskova)
Mitch & Toni's, Albertson: Mitch & Toni's summer lobster clambake features a 11/4 pound-lobster, soup or salad, and clams, mussels, shrimp, coleslaw and potatoes.
Details: Monday dinner, $34.95; Wednesday dinner, $39.95
The Savoy Tavern(Credit: Aaron Zebrook)
The Savoy Tavern, Merrick: Kevin Liebov, executive chef of this bustling gastropub, has a passion for seafood. He uses two excellent local wholesalers (Gra-Bar in Westbury and Two Cousins in Freeport) and when he decided to institute a lobster special this summer, he opted for fewer accoutrements and more lobster; the special includes salad, one 2-pound lobster steamed or broiled, roast potatoes and, instead of corn on the cob, creamed corn.
Details: Wednesday dinner; $36.95
Taste 99(Credit: Taste 99)
Taste 99, Farmingdale: The restaurant at Bethpage State Park offers a Monday-night all-you-can-eat seafood buffet featuring steamed lobsters, steamers, snow crab legs, mussels, fried calamari, corn on the cob and a dessert bar. Dine on the patio and contemplate the golf course in between trips to the buffet table. Reservations required. Details: Monday from 6 to 9 p.m.; $35
Volpe Ristorante(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
Volpe Ristorante at Fox Hollow, Woodbury: The restaurant at Fox Hollow serves steamed or broiled 11/4-pound lobsters for $26, or 2-pounders for $45. You also get soup (French onion or soup de jour), salad (house or Caesar), vegetable and rice or potatoes. For $47 you can have your 2-pounder stuffed with crabmeat or Fra Diavolo-style, served over linguine.
Details: Wednesday dinner; $26, $45
PJ Lobster House(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)
PJ Lobster House, Port Jefferson: This restaurant-market specializes in lobster and stocks them up to three pounds. The "Lobster Fest" consists of a 11/4-pound lobster, mussels, salad, corn and potato. (The lobster roll, pictured, isn't included, though it is recommended.)
Details: Thursday, dinner; $19.99
Jewel(Credit: Doug Young)
Jewel, Melville: The three-course lobster dinner at Tom Schaudel's opulent eatery includes salad, corn, a 2-pound lobster and ice cream or sorbet.
Details: Friday dinner; $45.95
Buoy One(Credit: Ian J. Stark)
Buoy One, Westhampton and Riverhead: If you have a yen for seafood, keep these two in mind. Every day, lunch and dinner, there's a clambake with lobster waiting for you, with a 11/4-pound lobster, steamers, mussels and shrimp are of consistently high quality. You also get a baked potato and corn.
Details: Lunch and dinner every night; $25.95
Canterbury's Oyster Bar & Grill(Credit: Jesse Newman)
Canterbury's Oyster Bar & Grill, Oyster Bay: In keeping with Canterbury's old-time charm, the clambake -- 11/4-pound lobster, steamers, mussels, corn on the cob and potatoes -- is served in a lovely speckleware casserole. (The salad is served on a plate.) There's plenty to eat here, but you may well be tempted to start your meal with a selection of regional oysters. And don't miss the chance to avail yourself of one of the Island's best ale lists.
Details: Dinner every night; $28 (price may vary by $2 up or down, depending on market price)
Hudson's Mill(Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress)
Hudson's Mill, Massapequa: The lobster special consists of a 2-pound lobster, steamed or broiled, plus soup, salad, potato and corn. Details: Wednesday dinner; $35.95
Dine inside by the fireplace alongside antiques and Early American imagery at The Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow.
Legal Sea Foods(Credit: Nancy Borowick)
Legal Sea Foods, Huntington Station: There's nothing terribly seafaring about Legal's mall-side location, but it is, nevertheless, one of the Island's most dependable seafood restaurants. The lobster bake consists of a 11/4-pound hard-shell lobster, a cup of any of Legal's terrific clam chowders, steamers, mussels, chorizo sausage and corn on the cob.
Details: Lunch and dinner every day; $39.95
The White Whale(Credit: The White Whale)
The White Whale, Seaford: This venerable canal-side restaurant is celebrating its 23rd anniversary with a daily lobster special that comes with soup or salad, baked clams, mussels or steamers, corn on the cob and potato.
Details: Sunday to Thursday lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday 4 to 6 p.m.; $25.95