Favorite outdoor dining spots on Long Island
In sunny weather, restaurants with tables outdoors know how to keep you cool and dry. After all, they have umbrellas. So, enjoy your alfresco appetizers, whether it's blazing or drizzling out there.
Here are some inviting destinations that are more pleasurable in the open air, thanks to their canopies. And several of them offer water views on the side.
Pop's Seafood Shack and Grill(Credit: Marisol Diaz)
Pop's Seafood Shack and Grill, Island Park: Wear flip-flops to this seafood spot on Reynolds Channel in Island Park with its own little man-made beach. On the seafood-centric menu: sesame ahi tuna lollipops, three types of lobster rolls, and fish and chips. After dark, the place can be a major party scene with DJs and dancing.
Lobster Chunk with brandied lobster bisque, lobster chunks, roasted cherry tomatoes, lemon segments and scallions at Pop's Seafood Shack and Grill in Island Park.
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.
Fried clams and Steamed Little Neck Clams at Butler's Flat in Port Washington.
Brixx and Barley(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
Brixx and Barley, Long Beach: In fine weather, Long Beach's newest gastropub sets up tables on its broad sidewalk so diners can see and be seen. Enjoy expertly grilled burgers, overstuffed sandwiches and more than 30 beers on tap (another 30 in bottles).
Maple Sriracha wings are served at Brixx and Barley in Long Beach.
Kingston's Clam Bar(Credit: Linda Rosier)
Kingston's Clam Bar, West Sayville: Oysters have been shucked at this site overlooking the boats in Dutchman's Cove in West Sayville for centuries. Since 1978, the waterside spot has hosted a popular clam bar. You'll find clams on the half shell, steamers, fried clams and chowder. Post-Colonial menu additions include lobster rolls and fish tacos.
Fish Tacos at Kingston's Clam Bar in West Sayville.
Scrimshaw(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Scrimshaw, Greenport: The wharf dining room at this Greenport spot gives you a water view on three sides, but pay attention to what's on chef-owner Rosa Ross' East-meets-West menu: leek-and-goat-cheese flan, duck breast with orange sauce, seared diver scallops, seafood chowder, gravlax, dim sum.
Ahi tuna poke is served at Scrimshaw restaurant in Greenport.
Tim's Shipwreck Diner(Credit: John Griffin)
Tim's Shipwreck Diner, Northport: The interior of this Northport mainstay was recently renovated, but the courtyard out back is as tranquil as ever. A lovely spot for updated diner classics, breakfast and lunch only.
A lobster roll is one of the dishes served at Tim's Shipwreck Diner on Main Street in Northport.
La Plage(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
La Plage, Wading River: Dine among the bulrushes on La Plages beachy patio, and sample chef Wayne Waddingtons elegant take on French, Italian and American cuisine. Specialties include smoked beef carpacci and ancho-braised lamb shank.
Strawberry-rhubarb bread pudding, topped with buttermilk ice cream, is a seasonal dessert at La Plage restaurant in Wading River.
Uncle Bacala's(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)
Uncle Bacala's, Garden City Park: Enjoy Uncle Bacalas crowd-pleasing, seafood-centric Italian-American cuisine on this spacious patio, which has been cleverly designed to block out the view (and most of the noise) from Jericho Turnpike.
Spaghetti ai frutti di mare is served outside at Uncle Bacala's in Garden City Park.
The Boat House(Credit: The Boat House)
The Boat House, Merrick: At this waterside spot overlooking Merrick Bay, you'll find sunset vistas and seating for about 80. On the seafood-centric menu: Chilean sea bass, linguine with clam sauce and, of course, a burger.
Surf and Turf is a one-pound lobster with a six-ounce sirloin at The Boat House in Merrick.
MP Taverna(Credit: Uli Seit)
MP Taverna, Roslyn: Michael Psilakis' inventive Greek gastropub offers seating for about 50 on the rooftop patio. From your perch, under an umbrella, you can look over the town while eating a lamb burger or lemon-roasted chicken.
Grilled branzino with potatoes, cherry tomatoes, garlic and olives is a signature dish at MP Taverna in Roslyn.
Cornucopia's Noshery(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Cornucopia's Noshery, Amityville: Courtyard seating is the warm weather choice at this attractive breakfast and lunch destination with four outdoor tables. Small well-behaved dogs are welcome, said owner Erica Reichlin. Come June, there should be dinner service with acoustic music.
A tropical salad with mango, coconut, roasted red pepper and almonds is served at Cornucopia's Noshery in Amityville.
Mannino's Italian Kitchen(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Mannino's Italian Kitchen, Commack: This sleek new Italian destination, known for such dishes as grilled octopus and baked lasagna, offers an upstairs deck with seating for about 50. There's also an outdoor lounge with a fire pit and, some nights, live music.
Octopus salad is served at Mannino's Italian Kitchen in Commack.
Empanadaville(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Empanadaville, Mastic Beach: Warm weather is when this takeout shop for Puerto Rican-style empanadas shines. Alongside the building, youll find two picnic tables, each seating six, plus two smaller tables for two. No table seating inside.
Sweet plantains, chicken, beans and rice accompany a pastelon empanada, which is filled with plantains, ground beef, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, at Empanadaville in Mastic Beach.
Cipollini(Credit: Nicole Horton)
Cipollini , Manhasset: Your warm-weather meal is here in the east end of the Americana Shopping Center. Cipollini has a dining room for light Italian cooking, and goes alfresco on the parking lot side. Try the robiola pizza, panini, Tuscan tomato soup, beef carpaccio, seafood salad, grilled octopus or whole branzino.
The prosciutto, fontina and arugula pizza is a customer favorite at Cipollini in Manhasset.
BurgerFi(Credit: Uli Seit)
Burgerfi, Uniondale: At the biggest branch of this sustainably minded burger chain, 12 tables are set up in an area in front of the restaurant, where an awning shades diners from the sun and music plays both day and night.
The B.A.D. burger at BurgerFi in Uniondale comes with a roll that has been "branded."
Maliblue(Credit: Nicole Horton)
Maliblue, Lido Beach: The raw bar is an elemental part of this summer spot, but it also serves a lot of steamers, lobster tacos, lobster rolls, baked clams oreganata and pan-seared branzino to balance the burgers, po'boys and chicken-Caesar salad wraps. The umbrellas unfurl in front of the sleek, contemporary restaurant. Opens May 22.
The lobster tacos at Maliblue in Lido Beach.