The weekend means it’s time to eat further afield. Read on for our picks from Montauk to Island Park to Greenport.
From Fine Dining critic Peter Gianotti
Navy Beach, one of Long Island’s truly summery restaurants, starts the new season in Montauk on April 29.
The beachfront restaurant will be open for dinner Friday to Sunday, and for lunch on Saturday, on its first weekend.
Navy Beach is adding to its New American repertoire. Expect Montauk fluke ceviche with pickled Hamptons vegetables, hot pepper and Meyer lemon; fritto misto with octopus, clam strips, squid, zucchini and anchovy aioli; and a Catalan-style seafood stew, highlighting monkfish, shrimp, squid, clams, almonds, herbs and spices.
Long-standing hits take in clam-and-corn chowder, buttermilk-fried chicken, dry-aged strip steak with chimichurri, and the house burger, finished with bacon-onion marmalade, Cabot cheddar, and house-made pickles.
Navy Beach, 16 Navy Rd., Montauk; 631-668-6868, navybeach.com.
From food reporter Erica Marcus
Part fish market, part seafood restaurant, part informal clubhouse for local anglers, Artie’s South Shore Fish & Grill is South Nassau’s hub for all things piscatory. Proprietor Artie Hoerning catches much of what he sells; most of the other stuff is from local waters. Care to eat in? There’s a kitchen in the back of the store. Eat on a stool and watch the cooks work, or take a seat in the attached dining room. Accommodations are modest in the extreme — plates and glasses are plastic — but there’s no better place for fried fish (cases in point: calamari, Ipswich clams, whole fluke) or a swordfish steak griddled in blackened butter on the flat-top or a steamed lobster. Terrific fries too. Bring your own wine (but don’t expect much in the way of fine stemware). Cash only.
Artie’s South Shore Fish & Grill is at 4257 Austin Blvd., Island Park, 516-889-0692.
From Cheap Eats critic Melissa McCart
Friday marks the opening of Claudio’s Clam Bar & Wharf in Greenport, where the owners have been hiring staff, ordering ingredients and testing the heat lamps for cool nights to prepare for the occasion.
As far as libations, look for margaritas, house wine, and the usual suspect beers on tap from $4 to $10, along with starters like chowder or nachos along with lobster rolls, clam strip sandwiches, tacos and pizza from $7 to $19 on the express menu.
Claudio’s Clam Bar & Wharf follows the seasonal debut of Claudio’s Restaurant, which reopened a couple of weeks ago.
Though the property, which includes Crabby Jerry’s, has been listed for sale, it remains in the hands of the Claudio family, earning the accolade as the oldest family-run restaurant in the U.S., having opened in 1870.
Claudio’s Clam Bar & Wharf is at 111 Main St. in Greenport, 631-477-1889, claudios.com.