A very big catch of seafood is going to be prepared and eaten this weekend and on the days between Christmas and New Year's. If you want to celebrate with finfish and shellfish in a restaurant instead of cooking your own, here are three standout spots.
Kyma in Roslyn is a destination for whole grilled fish, shellfish, and Greek specialties. It led the ranking of seafood restaurants on Newsday's Top 100 list for 2018. Recommended: whole, grilled royal dorado; red snapper; black sea bass; pompano; fagri, or pink snapper; marinated and skewered swordfish; grilled octopus with onions and capers; shrimp cocktail; cheese-stuffed calamari; shrimp saganaki; taramasalata; zucchini and eggplant chips with tzatziki sauce; and for the landlocked, excellent charcoal-grilled sirloin steak. Expensive.
Kyma, 1446 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-621-3700, kyma-roslyn.com
Catch Oyster Bar in Patchogue is a compact spot devoted to shellfish, the raw and the cooked. The style is informal, the results savory. Recommended: oysters on the half shell; fried oysters Rockefeller; oyster po'boy; grilled oysters; baked clam "stuffies;" grilled octopus salad; bluefin tuna crudo; seafood bisque; New England-style clam chowder; Manhattan-style clam chowder; warm lobster roll; and for the reluctant, buttermilk-fried chicken. Moderate.
Catch Oyster Bar, 63 N. Ocean Ave., Patchogue, 631-627-6860, catchoysterbar.com
Southold Fish Market in Southold sells splashingly fresh seafood and expertly cooks it whether you are dining in its very casual eatery or ordering takeout. Recommended: Peconic Bay scallops in any preparation; oysters Rockefeller; fried oyster club; New England and Manhattan clam chowders; smoked salmon chowder; warm lobster roll; sesame-seared tuna tacos; fried clam strip tacos; shrimp cocktail; poached salmon; fried flounder; grilled swordfish; mussel salad. Moderate.
Southold Fish Market, 647755 Main Rd. (Route 25), Southold, 631-765-3200.