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Anchor Down in Merrick: First bites

Swordfish is served with broccoli rabe, olives and

Swordfish is served with broccoli rabe, olives and tomatoes at Anchor Down in Merrick. (Sept. 2014) Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti

The catch of the day is Anchor Down in Merrick.

It's in the Open Bay Marina, where you'll find two small dining rooms and alfresco tables, too. Anchor Down is at the former site of Sunset Bar & Grill and JD's on the Bay.

Here, chef Stephen Rosenbluth offers traditional and New American seafood, with a few forays elsewhere. There are oysters, including Malpeques and Blue Points, both warm and chilled lobster rolls as blackboard specials, and a menu highlighted by dishes such as yellowfin tuna with a five-spice crust and Sichuan-spiced green beans and jumbo lump crabcakes with Old Bay remoulade sauce.

That tuna is preferable to a special of thinly cut, overdone swordfish atop stemmy broccoli rabe, with tomatoes and olives for company. But the chocolate cake will erase any memory of it.

Anchor Down, 1960 Bayberry Ave., Merrick; 516-544-4334.