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Anchor Down in Merrick and more Long Island restaurants to try this weekend

Anchor Down, a New American seafood house in

Anchor Down, a New American seafood house in Merrick's Open Bay Marina, lacks a water view, but makes up for it with a nautical-themed patio. June 29, 2016. Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

Whether you’re hungry for fried clams, oysters on the half shell or steamed lobster, start your meal by taking a seat in the great outdoors and order yourself a cold drink at one of our July Fourth weekend picks:

Anchor Down, the New American seafood house in Merrick’s Open Bay Marina, lacks a water view, but makes up for it with a charming, nautical-themed patio where you can still hear the squawks of the sea gulls. Chef-owner Stephen Rosenbluth manages a balance of inventive and classic, and the menu always features a selection of oysters, fried calamari, steamers, fried Ipswich clams and lobsters. 1960 Bayberry Ave., Merrick, 516-544-4334,, $$

The restaurant at Jude Thaddeus Marina in Glen Cove, The Cove, new for 2016, offers a menu of the basics to graze on while you soak up the sun — or the sunset. 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. 74 Shore Rd., Glen Cove, 516-676-1211,, $$-$$$

Roped-off sidewalk seating at Michelangelo’s Wine Bar in Massapequa Park offers prime seats for in-town dining. With more than 60 reds and nearly 40 white wines by the glass, Old World and New World wines are equally represented. Order a flight, and a meat and cheese board, or settle in for a meal of small plates, salads, panini and sweets. 119 Front St., Massapequa Park, 516-882-9463,, $$-$$$

Outside American Beech in Greenport, you’ll find cushy seating at tables and a row of stools that frame the square bar under the tree. Visit Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. for chef Kyle Romeo’s outdoor clam bake, where $25 buys you a pot of mussels, clams, corn, potatoes and a half lobster. The BeechBurger is also a good bet, dressed with Gruyere, caramelized onions, roasted mushrooms and served on a pretzel bun. 300 Main St., Greenport, 631-477-5939,, $$-$$$

Grey Lady has opened on Lake Montauk, with a patio stocked with nautical director’s chairs and tables. The fourth location for owners Ryan Chadwick and Callum McLaughlin — with others on the Lower East Side, on Nantucket and in Aspen — offers a menu of fresh seafood, from chowder to fish pate, local fluke, fish and chips, or lobster rolls. Happy hour offers $5 beers and $1 oysters weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. 440 W. Lake Dr.; Montauk, 631-483-5803,, $$-$$$

Sal Cataldo, who recently opened Sunset Restaurant Off the Beach in Islip, also runs Sunset Restaurant at Islip Town Beach, a family-friendly spot on the deck overlooking the Great South Bay, with plenty of shaded tables, live music and casual eats, from omelets available at 8 a.m. to hot dogs, panini and burgers sold until 9 p.m. 600 S. Bay Ave., Islip, 631-277-5500,, $

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