Summertime means certain things on LI, and one culinary go-to finds the favorite of the sea jumping into any variety of buns.
From East Rockaway to the East End, here are some must-try lobster rolls.
Selections by Newsday's food staff.
The Rex Burger & Lobster
The Rex Burger & Lobster, Mineola: You can have it bathed in warm butter or chilled with mayonnaise. Either way the knuckle, claw and tail meat in this lobster roll will have you rolling back for another visit to this order-at-the-counter spot in a strip mall in Mineola. All the lobster is flown in from Maine and melts in your mouth.
Finley's Seafood, Huntington: The lobster salad roll, with lemony mayo, is served with Old Bay potato chips at this seafood spot.
Jordan Lobster Farms
Jordan Lobster Farms, Island Park: At Jordan Lobster Farms, you order your lobster roll at the counter and find a table indoors or within view of the Long Beach Bridge. The coral-hued salad is made with lobster meat, mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery and scallions, and comes on a toasted hot dog bun.
DJ's Clam Shack
DJ's Clam Shack, Wantagh: Lobster rolls are stupendous at DJ's Clam Shack. Made with big hunks of knuckle and claw meat and butter-griddled top-split buns, they are available either warm (dressed only with butter) or cold (blended with celery and tarragon-scented mayonnaise). Both contain a full quarter pound of meat, but for sheer crustacean decadence, you can get an overstuffed lobster roll (pictured) with twice the filling.
The Lake House
The Lake House, Bay Shore: With butter, no mayo, this lobster roll is near-perfect.
Kerber's Farm, Huntington: Lobster with chickens. That's the surprisingly appetizing twosome on offer at Kerber's Farm in Huntington. The lobster is mixed with chopped celery and a minimum of mayonnaise, piled into a toasted hot-dog bun and served with potato chips. While you eat, the chickens cluck contentedly in their coop along one side of Kerber's lovely gravel-paved backyard.
Silver's, Southampton: If there’s one place that can’t be missed in Southampton, it’s the venerable lunch-only Silver’s on Main Street. There’s a natural tendency to balk at its $24 BLT, but oh what a sandwich it is, with ruby-red tomatoes and grilled crusty bread with piles of smoky bacon and generous dabs of mayo. The lobster roll on a baguette just might be worth its weight in gold (at $49), and the Russian cabbage borscht is as good when it’s 80 degrees in the Hamptons as when it’s below 8 in Moscow ($15 a bowl). Lots of celebrities cycle in and out, and people-watching is an A-level sport here.
The Brixton, Babylon: Toasted brioche lobster rolls are filled with creamy, tarragon-scented lobster salad at this Babylon gastropub.
Louie's Grill & Liquors
Louie's Grill & Liquors, Port Washington: A warm lobster roll is seasoned with tarragon mayonnaise and served with house-made potato chips at this revamped restaurant. Here, it's served on bibb lettuce instead of a toasted potato roll.
American Beech, Greenport: At American Beech, executive chef Kyle Romeo combines fresh-picked lobster meat with lemon creme fraiche and celery, then serves it on a toasted brioche roll with chips.
Salt & Barrel
Salt & Barrel, Bay Shore: This seafood spot offers a warm lobster roll with butter poached lobster and celery. It's served with a side of salt and vinegar potato chips.
Bostwick's Chowder House
Bostwick's Chowder House, East Hampton: This casual seafood spot serves a lobster salad roll, a traditional, mildly seasoned production with plenty of lobster meat.
Market Bistro, Jericho: The lobster roll here is seasoned with tarragon and finely chopped celery and served on a brioche roll with house-made potato chips.
The Clam Bar at Bridge Marine
The Clam Bar At Bridge Marine, Bayville: At the entryway to Bridge Marine, a small sign reading "Clam Bar" is the only indication of this outdoor spot where you eat under a canopy equipped with overheard fans. Here, the excellent lobster roll is made with lots of shellfish, some mayo, plus a little celery and chopped onion heaped onto a bun.
North Fork Food Truck
North Fork Food Truck, Southold (parked at North Fork Table and Inn, 57225 Main Rd.): From the food truck parked in the parking lot of one of Long Island's top restaurants comes this lobster roll wherein a toasted buttered bun is heaped with lobster meat, mixed with a little lemon-tarragon aioli. It hardly gets better. Check for hours, which change seasonally.
Lobster Roll, Amagansett: The big sign says LUNCH at what has become an Amagansett local landmark. Here, and at the North Fork eatery with the same menu, the namesake lobster roll features a salad that combines lobster meat, celery and mayonnaise on a toasted hot dog bun.
South Edison, Montauk: This seafood-centric spot serves up lobster roll sliders -- aka lobster buns -- with whole lobster and drawn butter on brioche buns.
Bay Vue, Lindenhurst: Bay Vue is a casual outdoor spot with indoor and outdoor seating and a water view. Lobster rolls are served starting in May, and feature big chunks of fresh lobster with just a touch of mayonnaise and a bit of celery.
Smuggler Jack's, Massapequa: At this spot, secreted away in a residential area, the lobster roll is a classic made with big chunks of lobster meat, Old Bay seasoning, salt, pepper, a little celery and just enough mayonnaise heaped over some greens on a buttery, toasted brioche bun.
Tillie's, Montauk: The lobster roll here is warm, buttery and rich, served on a brioche roll, with the essential potato chips on the side.
Reel, East Rockaway: This waterside seafood spot offers two kinds of lobster rolls. One features a classic lobster salad made with mayo and celery served on a toasted brioche bun. The other, served warm, features the same kind of bun heaped with lobster meat drizzled with drawn butter.
Maroni Cuisine, Northport: Chef Michael Maroni's lobster salad is made with lots of fresh Canadian lobster meat, chopped celery, a little mayo, a touch of Dijon, plus salt and pepper. It's piled onto a buttery French croissant, cut into the shape of a hot dog bun, and comes with Tater Tots and coleslaw. Available only at lunch and on weeknights.
Clam Bar, Amagansett: The eatery's excellent lobster roll is made with lots of shellfish, some mayo plus a little celery and chopped onion heaped onto a bun.
Left Coast Kitchen
Left Coast Kitchen, Merrick: Overstuffed with fresh, moist lobster meat, the roll here is served with chips and coleslaw.
Claudio's, Greenport: Among the best things to order at the best-known restaurant in Greenport, the lobster roll also comes in a BLT version.
Shipwreck Tavern, Bayville: This kitschy, lively waterside tavern serves a lobster salad made with lobster meat, diced celery and chili-spiked mayo heaped onto a grilled potato bun that's drizzled with melted butter.