Want a meal with a great water view, or a satisfying cup of coffee on the boardwalk? Here’s where to get either this weekend:
It’s been 11 years since the Galley Ho restaurant occupied the New Suffolk waterfront spot overlooking Peconic Bay. The restaurant, fatally damaged by superstorm Sandy, has now been replaced by Case’s Place, the kind of modest, family-friendly restaurant that’s increasingly rare on the North Fork.
Owners Maryann and Ken Birmingham have wisely decided to cede centerstage to the spectacular view and the local catch. Seafood is the star here, and the kitchen pretty much leaves it alone.
Local clams are served on the shell, baked or casino-ed, in red or white chowder or fried with fries. There are raw and “Nawlins”-style grilled oysters, fried calamari, shrimp cocktail, lobster rolls, fish tacos and crabcakes.
Landlubbers have their choice of burgers, steaks, Cuban sandwiches, Reubens and house-made sausages. Execpt for the steaks, nothing is more than $20 and most items are less than $15.
On a Wednesday evening, there’s no better place to watch the weekly Robins Island sailboat race than from a picnic table on Case’s wide patio.
Case’s Place is at 650 1st St., New Suffolk, 631-734-8686
For a sweet treat like a S’mores bar and a memorable cup of coffee, try the Gentle Brew Coffee Co. outpost on the Long Beach boardwalk that opened over Memorial Day weekend.
It’s the second Long Beach location of the shop, the first one opening in 2012 with a roaster on site.
In addition to the superb coffee drinks from espresso ($2) to cortado ($3), you can get a 12-ounce bag of beans (I’m partial to the Tanzanian dark roast).
Take note coffee addicts: the boardwalk location is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with plans to keep hours well after Labor Day.
Gentle Brew on the Boardwalk at National Blvd; Gentle Brew Coffee Co. at 151 East Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-605-2370, gentlebrewcoffee.com