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Closed in Port Jeff: Catch Seafood Tavern

The lobster roll at Catch Seafood Tavern in

The lobster roll at Catch Seafood Tavern in Port Jefferson is heaping, and served with French fries, cole slaw and a view of the harbor. Photo Credit: Newsday/ Rebecca Cooney

The Catch Seafood Tavern, which shut down on New Year’s Eve, was supposed to reopen come spring. Sadly, it won't.

Chef co-owner Eric Miller said that he rented the site for two years with an option to buy but could not come to an agreement with the landlord on the price.

A shame. There aren’t too many restaurants that start a meal with hot flaky biscuits, as The Catch did. I'll well remember the  surprisingly light "stuffies," Rhode-Island style baked clams spiked with sausage, dotted with corn. And the cool, classic generous lobster roll. And the impeccable seared day-boat sea scallops with an herbal lemon-basil sauce.

Don't count Miller out of the food scene, though. Right now he's in East Hampton, where he owns Food & Co., a catering operation with an Italian takeout  shop called Pasquale Homemade, run by chef Pasquale Langella (who used to make mozzarella at the former Tutto Italiano in East Hampton).

Photo: The late-great Catch's lobster roll.
 

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