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Fourth of July: 3 American restaurants to visit

Fried soft-shell crab and mashed turnips are among

Fried soft-shell crab and mashed turnips are among the specialties at the Modern Snack Bar in Aquebogue. Photo Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

For the holiday weekend, it's all about American food, traditional and contemporary. Here are three spots where the fireworks are on the table.


The waterside setting puts you in the right mood, and the refined fare is a reason to celebrate. Recommended: raw oysters, littleneck clam chowder, yellowfin tuna tartare, butter-poached Alaskan halibut, caramelized local sea scallops, roasted Berkshire pork chop, dry-aged rib-eye steak. $$$

240 W. Main St., Bay Shore; 631-666-0995.


This local landmark excels with homey American dishes. Try the refreshing lobster salad, New England-style clam chowder, fried chicken, chicken potpie, roast turkey, roast duck, roast loin of pork, meat loaf, broiled local bay scallops, sauteed soft-shell crabs, and all those pies. $$

628 Main Rd. (Route 25), Aquebogue; 631-722-3655.


The handsome, popular dining rooms excel with Maryland crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, grilled octopus, lobster macaroni and cheese, Caesar salad, grilled swordfish, bacon cheeseburger, porterhouse steak for two, New York strip steak, rib-eye steak, filet mignon. $$$-$$$$

6319 Northern Blvd., East Norwich; 516-922-2500.

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