The season has begun for one of Long Island’s delicacies. Peconic Bay scallops are starting to appear in local markets and restaurants. The season for harvesting this nutty, sweet taste of the region started on Monday.
The retail price for Peconic Bay scallops generally ranges between $20 and $28 per pound. Among the markets carrying them are Southold Fish Market (64755 Rte. 25, Southold; 631-765-3200), Braun Seafood (3084 Rte. 25., Cutchogue; 631-734-7770, braunseafood.com), Mastic Seafood (1051 Mastic Rd., Mastic; 631-281-9608), Reel Kitchen (112 Main St., Kings Park, 631-460-4175), Claws Seafood Market (20 Montauk Hwy., West Sayville, 631-256-5900, clawsseafoodmarket.com), Two Cousins Fish Market (255 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport, 516-379-0793, twocousins.com), and Artie’s South Shore Fish & Grill (4257 Austin Blvd., Island Park; 516-889-0692), where you also may order them sautéed with butter and garlic, broiled, or oreganata. The cost for the dish is $24.95.
At The Plaza Café (61 Hill St., Southampton, 631-283-9323, plazacafe.us), chef-owner Doug Gulija piles them on a cauliflower-white truffle puree with a clementine “picatta” sauce, $22 for the starter, $40 for the entrée.
At 18 Bay (23 N. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, 631-749-0053, 18bayrestaurant.com), the raw scallops appear in a crudo with peacock kale, romesco sauce and an "onsen" (barely cooked, Japanese-style) egg.
Anchor Down Seafood Bar & Grill (1960 Bayberry Ave., Merrick, 516-544-4334, anchordownny.com) is serving an appetizer of scallops with whipped sweet potatoes, crispy bacon and shaved Brussels sprouts with a bourbon-maple glaze, $14.
Verde Kitchen & Cocktails (70 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-665-6300, verdekitchen.com) is serving the scallops in a taco with salsa, cabbage and crema; and in a preparation similar to ceviche. Each dish is $15.
You’ll also find Peconic Bay scallops at:
Novita, 860 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-739-7660 novitany.com
Waterzooi, 850 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-877-2177, waterzooi.com
Mannino’s, 2158 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-462-0909 and 1575 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale, 631-218-0909, manninosrestaurant.com
Jolly Fisherman, 25 Main St., Roslyn, 516-621-0055, jollyfishermanrestaurant.com
Umberto’s of Bellmore, 208 Bedford Ave., Bellmore, 516-409-1400), umbertosofbellmore.com
Market Bistro, 519 N. Broadway, Jericho, 516-513-1487, marketbistroli.com
Peconic Bay scallop season runs through March 31.