This weekend: So long, summer - at least in spirit, if not on the calendar. Here are three eateries where you'll enjoy the season's unofficial farewell.
And for anyone reluctant to welcome autumn, you can officially stretch the festivities until Sept. 22.
Catch the sunset on Manhasset Bay and nibble on the steamed lobster at Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille in Port Washington. The food has improved a lot and the view has stayed the same. Also recommended: five-spice tuna, shrimp cocktail, baked clams oreganata. (Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille, 395 Main St., Port Washington; 516-883-4242; louiesoysterbarandgrille.com)
Great South Bay beckons at fatfish wine bar & bistro in Bay Shore. The easygoing spot has a diverse menu, but the emphasis, of course, is on seafood. Try the shellfish cocktails, the raw bar, tuna Niçoise, lobster with corn on the cob, chargrilled mako, chargrilled rib-eye steak.(fatfish wine bar & bistro, 28 Cottage Ave., Bay Shore; 631-666-2899; fatfish.info)
Order at the counter: pulled pork, barbecued chicken, fried chicken and, because it's Montauk, a fine lobster roll, too. It's open when the pirate flag is flying; white flag, closed. (When Pigs Fly, 10 South Etna Ave., Montauk; 631-668-8070, whenpigsfly mtk.com)