Must-eat lobster rolls on Long Island
Summertime means certain things on LI, and one culinary go-to finds the favorite of the sea jumping into any variety of buns.
From East Rockaway to the East End, here are some must-try lobster rolls.
Selections from Peter M. Gianotti and Joan Reminick.
Singleton's Seafood Shack(Credit: Newsday / Ari Mintz)
Singleton's Seafood Shack, Massapequa (Tobay Beach): The generous lobster roll at Singleton's is among the many offerings at the eatery by the sea. There's also another location at Tappan Beach in Glen Head.
The Clam Bar At Bridge Marina(Credit: Newsday/ Joan Reminick)
The Clam Bar At Bridge Marina, Bayville: At the entryway to Bridge Marina, a small sign reading "Clam Bar" is the only indication of this outdoor spot where you eat under a canopy equipped with overheard fans. Here, the excellent lobster roll is made with lots of shellfish, some mayo, plus a little celery and chopped onion heaped onto a bun.
North Fork Food Truck(Credit: Randee Daddona)
North Fork Food Truck, Southold (parked at North Fork Table & Inn, 57225 Main Rd.): From the food truck parked in the parking lot of one of Long Islands top restaurants comes this lobster roll wherein a toasted buttered bun is heaped with lobster meat, mixed with a little lemon-tarragon aioli. It hardly gets better. Check for hours, which change seasonally.
Lobster Roll(Credit: Ellen Watson)
Lobster Roll, Amagansett: The big sign says LUNCH at what has become an Amagansett local landmark. Here, and at the North Fork eatery with the same menu, the namesake lobster roll features a salad that combines lobster meat, celery and mayonnaise on a toasted hot dog bun.
South Edison(Credit: Doug Young)
South Edison, Montauk: This seafood-centric spot serves up lobster roll sliders -- aka lobster buns -- with whole lobster and drawn butter on broiche buns.
Jordan Lobster Farms(Credit: Timothy Fadek)
Jordan Lobster Farms, Island Park: At Jordan Lobster Farms, you order your lobster roll at the counter and find a table indoors or within view of the Long Beach Bridge. The coral-hued salad is made with lobster meat, mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery and scallions, and comes on a toasted hot dog bun.
Bay Vue(Credit: Newsday/ Joan Reminick)
Bay Vue, Lindenhurst: Bay Vue is a casual outdoor spot with indoor and outdoor seating and a water view. Lobster rolls are served starting in May, and feature big chunks of fresh lobster with just a touch of mayonnaise and a bit of celery.
Duryea’s Lobster Deck(Credit: Ellen Watson)
Duryeas Lobster Deck, Montauk: There may be no better place to enjoy a lobster roll than at this no-frills establishment consisting of a wooden deck overlooking Fort Pond Bay. The lobster salad is made with lobster meat, herb mayonnaise and celery and comes on lightly toasted brioche roll.
Smuggler Jack's(Credit: Smuggler Jack's)
Smuggler Jack's, Massapequa: At this spot, secreted away in a residential area, the lobster roll is a classic made with big chunks of lobster meat, Old Bay seasoning, salt, pepper, a little celery and just enough mayonnaise heaped over some greens on a buttery, toasted brioche bun.
Tillie's(Credit: Newsday/ Peter M. Gianotti)
Tillie's, Montauk: The lobster roll here is warm, buttery and rich, served on a brioche roll, with the essential potato chips on the side.
RiverFish(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)
RiverFish, Port Washington: Here, a meaty lobster salad, mildly seasoned so that the seafood flavor shines, pairs well with a preztel roll.
Crazy Fork(Credit: Newsday / Randee Daddona)
Crazy Fork, Mattituck: This spot offers a lobster roll light on the mayonnaise. The lobster salad is also made with celery, onions, parsley lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
PJ Lobsterhouse(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)
PJ Lobsterhouse, Port Jefferson: More of a hero than a roll, the lobster salad sandwich is made with freshly shucked lobster meat, mayonnaise, celery, black pepper and celery salt mixed together and served on Italian bread.
Reel(Credit: Nicole Horton)
Reel, East Rockaway: This waterside seafood spot offers two kinds of lobster rolls. One features a classic lobster salad made with mayo and celery served on a toasted brioche bun. The other, served warm, features the same kind of bun heaped with lobster meat drizzled with drawn butter.
Artie's South Shore Fish Market and Grill(Credit: Timothy Fadek)
Artie's South Shore Fish Market and Grill, Island Park: Here, the lobster salad is made with high quality fresh lobster meat (sometimes caught by owner Artie Hoerning), along with mayonnaise, a little tarragon, salt and pepper plus a dash of lemon. Its served on a toasted hot dog bun with lettuce and tomato.
Maroni Cuisine(Credit: Newsday, 2009 / Rebecca Cooney)
Maroni Cuisine, Northport: Chef Michael Maroni's lobster salad is made with lots of fresh Canadian lobster meat, chopped celery, a little mayo, a touch of Dijon, plus salt and pepper. It's piled onto a buttery French croissant, cut into the shape of a hot dog bun, and comes with Tater Tots and coleslaw. Available only at lunch and on weeknights.
Clam Bar(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Clam Bar, Amagansett: The eatery's excellent lobster roll is made with lots of shellfish, some mayo plus a little celery and chopped onion heaped onto a bun.
Lobster Roll Northside(Credit: Daniel Gonzalez)
Lobster Roll Northside, Riverhead: The signature lobster roll at this eatery is served with house-made slaw and crispy fries. Also available hot, sauteed in garlic butter.
Left Coast Kitchen(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)
Left Coast Kitchen, Merrick: Overstuffed with fresh, moist lobster meat, the roll here is served with chips and coleslaw.
Claudio's(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)
Claudio's, Greenport: Among the best things to order at the best-known restaurant in Greenport, the lobster roll also comes in a BLT version.
Fishbar(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)
Fishbar, Montauk: Fishbar serves chunks of lobster meat on a toasted bun with fries, coleslaw or a salad.
Shipwreck Tavern(Credit: Shipwreck Tavern)
Shipwreck Tavern, Bayville: This kitschy, lively waterside tavern serves a lobster salad made with lobster meat, diced celery and chili-spiked mayo heaped onto a grilled potato bun thats drizzled with melted butter.