There's an easy way to get a traditional New England lobster bake on Long Island: Order it ready-to-go from a restaurant or seafood market. You'll get the star of the show — lobster — with some combination of mussels, clams, shrimp, corn on the cob and potatoes. Pick your pleasure:
READY-TO-EAT LOBSTER BAKES
Peter's Clam Bar (600 Long Beach Rd., Island Park): For $29 a person, Peter’s assembles a half lobster, mussels, steamers, clams and shrimp with corn on the cob. You can eat it there, perched on a stool at an outdoor table — or get it packed for curbside (or boatside) pickup. More info: 516-432-0505, petersclamhouse.com
Popei's Clam Bar (384 North Wantagh Ave., Bethpage): Its lobster bake, $39.99 a person, features lobster, mussels, steamers, clams, shrimp and corn. Your choice of fries, linguine or salad is included. More info: 516-822-9169, popeisbethpage.com
Culture (94 East Main St., Babylon): The lobster boil special is available daily and includes a 1 ½ lb. lobster, littleneck clams, mussels and corn for $19.95, to be enjoyed in the restaurant or packed to-go. More info: 631-314-4777, cultureffc.com
Claudio’s (111 Main St., Greenport): The iconic Greenport restaurant is perched right on the water and — fittingly — looks and feels every bit the part of a Northeast seafood house. There's a $55/person lobster bake that includes lobster, mussels, clams, shrimp, corn, drawn butter and coleslaw available to stay or for takeout. More info: 631-477-0627, claudios.com
The Clam Bar (2025 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett): The $200 lobster bake for four, including four steamed 1lb. lobsters, mussels steamed in white wine and garlic, steamers, shrimp cocktail, a quart of soup and a bottle of wine. Offering curbside pickup. More info: 631-267-6348, clambarhamptons.com
East End Clambakes (590 County Rd. 39, Southampton): Well-known for it's classic to-go clam and lobster bakes, each portion includes a 1 ¼ lb. lobster, mussels, clams, corn and melted butter. Market price. More info: 631-726-6351, eastendclambakes.com
Duryea’s Lobster Deck (65 Tuthill Rd., Montauk): Takeout lobster bakes can be had to go for curbside and dockside pickup. It's $82 and feeds two people with lobster, clams, shrimp, sausage, mussels, corn and potatoes. More info: 631-668-2410 duryeaslobsters.com.
DIY LOBSTER BAKES
Truth is, it's not that hard to cook your own lobster bake at home — the places below will not only cut, peel and prep your ingredients, but pack them for you in a ready-to-cook vessel that needs little else besides some added liquid and a little time on the stove or grill.
GraBar ( 100 Court St., Copiague): The seafood market's special DIY summer lobster bake includes a 1 1/4lb. lobster, one ear of corn, new potatoes, plus six littleneck clams or a half-pound of steamers. $39 a person. More info: 516-876-0441, grabarfish.com.
PJ Lobster House (1 N. Country Rd., Port Jefferson): The restaurant's cook-at-home lobster bakes come ready to feed two with a pair of 1 ½-lb. whole lobsters, a dozen clams and a half pound of mussels for $75. You can double the shellfish to serve four for $125). Buckets with two 6-ounce lobster tails cost $100 ($140 for four). More info: 631-473-1143, pjlobsterhouse.com
The Clamman (235A North Sea Rd., Southampton): The clambake-in-a-can includes a 1 1/4lb. lobster, red potatoes, corn, little neck clams, mussels, steamers, shrimp, butter and herbs. Just add a quart of water, beer, or wine and steam for 30 to 40 minutes. Order a minimum of four and a maximum of eight servings. Market price. More info: 631-283-6669, clamman.com
LOBSTER BY MAIL
The Lobster Guy: Don’t want to leave the house? The Lobster Guy will deliver your lobster by FedEx straight from Maine. Get two 1 ¼ lb. live Maine lobsters, two quarts of Little Neck clams, two pieces of sausage wrapped in flounder fillet, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and corn for $92. Orders for next day delivery must be placed by 7 p.m. More info: 866-788-0004, thelobsterguy.com.