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Long Island restaurants serving great oysters

Long Island restaurants serving great oysters.

Long Island restaurants serving great oysters. Credit:

Jonathan Swift memorably observed, “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”

From that initial mouthful, not only has the world been your oyster: For many a seafood lover, the oyster is your world.

And, although the Food and Drug Administration clearly has its doubts, a study a decade ago did suggest that these grand bivalves have aphrodisiac qualities, thanks to a rare amino acid.

So, as Valentine’s Weekend is here, consider the oyster. Here are a few good places to do just that.


CANTERBURY’S OYSTER BAR & GRILLE, 46 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay; 516-922-3614,

This veteran establishment, with its Theodore Roosevelt imagery, is popular for dishes such as oysters “lobsterfella,” a variation on the Rockefeller theme; plus, oysters oreganata, oysters casino, oysters with Buffalo-style seasoning, and oyster “hot shots” fueled with peppery vodka.


THE FRISKY OYSTER, 27 Front St., Greenport; 631-477-4265,

The Greenport restaurant enters the competition with oysters “friskafella,” in which they are completed with garlicky spinach, chipotles and Parmesan aioli. Peconic Gold oysters are served with a coconut-accented mignonette. A few blistered shishito peppers with sea salt will heat things up a little, too. 


H2O SEAFOOD & SUSHI, 215 W. Main St., Smithtown; 631-361-6464,

Have your oysters either on the half-shell or fried and accompanied by sauce rémoulade at H2O. For dissenters, the restaurant also offers very good sushi rolls, and lobster, either steamed, in a lobster boil, in macaroni-and-cheese, in a lobster roll, or a bit spicy “millennium” style.


LOUIE’S OYSTER BAR & GRILLE, 395 Main St., Port Washington; 516-883-4242,

They’ve been serving seafood around here since 1905. In its current, flavorful life, Louie’s offers selections of East Coast and West Coast oysters, pristine and fine. The oysters also star in a seafood plateau with littlenecks and shrimp. Good lobster here, too. And a view of Manhasset Bay.


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