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Must-eat lobster rolls on Long Island

Not so long ago, a great lobster roll was a destination dish, the sweet and succulent reward for a trip to a distant shore. But now, great lobster rolls dot Long Island from East Rockaway to Orient Point. Another welcome development: the classic cold mayo-dressed lobster roll is being increasingly challenged by a warm version whose meat is bathed in melted butter. Many establishments offer both.

No matter how you like it — and whether you’re looking for a posh restaurant or a couple of tables attached to a fish market   — there’s a Long Island lobster roll with your name on it.

Maldon & Mignonette

Maldon & Mignonette (243 Glen Cove Ave., Sea
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Maldon & Mignonette (243 Glen Cove Ave., Sea Cliff): Robert Occhipinti's tiny chef-driven bistro is making a terrific lobster roll that's also a bargain: fresh lobster meat tossed in a lemon vinaigrette with a touch of garlic confit and lime zest, brushed with butter and tucked into a frisee-lined brioche bun from Huntington's Duck Island Bakery. Plus vinegar-salt fries. More info: 516-801-3250, maldonmignonette.com

Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll (1980 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett):
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Lobster Roll (1980 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett): "Lunch" figures most prominently on this restaurant's landmark sign. "Lobster Roll," its official name, is rendered in slightly small letters and namechecks the item that's been on the menu since its establishment in 1965. The lobster roll is a classic — lobster, celery and mayo on a toasted bun — but, in a thoroughly modern touch, it's also available a gluten-free bun. More info: 631-267-3740, lobsterroll.com

Lazy Lobster

Lazy Lobster (10 Front St., East Rockaway): If
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Lazy Lobster (10 Front St., East Rockaway): If you're not from southwestern Nassau, you may not know about East Rockaway's delightful walkable waterfront. A must-stop on your stroll is the Lazy Lobster food truck whose rolls are studies in proportion, featuring heaps of claw meat on deeply toasted, buttered split-top buns. Chose among four varieties: traditional with mayo, Connecticut-style (warm) with tarragon-citrus butter, "rock lobster" with bacon and diced tomatoes, and "angry," a traditional "with an attitude." All are served with shoestring fries and coleslaw. More info: 516-837-8484, lazylobsterny.com

Jordan Lobster Farms

Jordan Lobster Farms (1 Pettit Pl., Island Park):
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Jordan Lobster Farms (1 Pettit Pl., Island Park): When your stock in trade for decades has been lobster, you better do a fine lobster roll. Jordan's, one of Long Island's largest lobster wholesalers, makes one stuffed with a coral-hued salad of lobster meat, mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery and scallions and served with chips. Enjoy it in the waterside dining area, at home or in the car on the way home. More info: 516-889-3314, jordanlobsterfarms.com

Flo's

Flo's (302 Middle Rd., Blue Point): Florence Kimball
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Flo's (302 Middle Rd., Blue Point): Florence Kimball founded Flo's in 1923 just steps from Blue Point's Corey Beach. Since they it's become a local landmark, due, in no small measure, to favorites like the chunky lobster roll, served with leaf lettuce on a hot-dog bun. The same roll, minus the beachy vibes, is available at Flo's in Patchogue. More info: 888-356-7864, flosfamous.com

Schout Bay Tavern

Schout Bay Tavern (118 Plandome Rd., Manhasset): At
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Schout Bay Tavern (118 Plandome Rd., Manhasset): At this upscale Manhasset watering hole, chef Shawn Patrick has kicked up his lobster roll's volume by crossing it with a BLT. Lobster meat is veiled with avocado mayonnaise, then piled into a bun with thick-cut bacon and heirloom tomatoes. More info: 516-627-2190, schoutbaytavern.com

Commander Cody's Seafood

Commander Cody's Seafood (41 Smith St., Shelter Island):
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Commander Cody's Seafood (41 Smith St., Shelter Island): Among the specialties at this modest South Carolina Lowcountry-meets-Peconic Bay establishment is the lobster roll, chunky and succulent and creamy with mayonnaise and celery, served on a hot-dog bun. More info: 631-749-1851

Claudio's

Claudio's (111 Main St., Greenport): Sprawling alongside (and
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Claudio's (111 Main St., Greenport): Sprawling alongside (and jutting into) the Greenport waterfront is Claudio's, the oldest restaurant in town. In 2018, new owners streamlined and upgraded the menu which now features two lobster rolls, classic mayo-cold and Connecticut butter-hot, both served with chips. More info: 631-477-0627, claudios.com

Claws Seafood Market

Claws Seafood Market (20 Main St., West Sayville):
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Claws Seafood Market (20 Main St., West Sayville): One of Long Island's best fish markets maintains an umbrella-ed, creek-side patio where patrons can enjoy a menu of fish-shack favorites, including the classic, mayo-dressed lobster roll on a lettuce-lined toasted bun. In the years since it was introduced, Claws has added a "Roddy roll" with bacon, a "naked" roll with butter instead of mayo, a "firehouse" roll with jalapeños and sriracha and a double roll with close to 12 ounces of lobster. More info: 631-256-5900, clawsseafoodmarket.com

The Rex Burger & Lobster

The Rex Burger & Lobster (524 Jericho Tpke.,
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The Rex Burger & Lobster (524 Jericho Tpke., Mineola): They take second billing to burgers at this chic, counter-serve spot, but the lobster rolls are even better. You'll not find a more straightforward specimen, little more than meat piled in a butter-toasted bun that is available chilled (with mayo or butter) or warm with melted butter. The classic has 5 ounces of lobster; the supreme has 7.5 ounces. More info: 516-739-2747, therexburgerandlobster.com

Louie's Grill & Liquors

Louie's Grill & Liquors (395 Main St., Port
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Louie's Grill & Liquors (395 Main St., Port Washington): At this seafood stalwart, the lobster rolls are served warm, seasoned with tarragon mayonnaise and Old Bay, and served on a toasted roll with housemade potato chips. Louie's deck has unparalleled views of Manhasset Bay, especially at sunset. More info: 516-883-4242, louiessince1905.com 

Babylon Burger Bar

Babylon Burger Bar (1 West Main St., Babylon):
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Babylon Burger Bar (1 West Main St., Babylon): Co-owner Roy Feicco grew up in New England and felt it was his Yankee duty to offset the burgers with a classic lobster roll (mayo-dressed in a toasted potato roll with fries). It's on the menu from Memorial Day through Labor Day when it accounts for up to half of all orders. The same lobster roll is also available, also exclusively during the summer, at Prime Burger Bar in Commack. More info: 631-620-3362, babylonburgerbar.com

The Lake House

The Lake House (135 Maple Ave., Bay Shore):
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The Lake House (135 Maple Ave., Bay Shore): With its sweeping views of the Great South Bay, the Lake House's patio offers optimal lobster roll atmosphere. The contents of a whole 1¼-pound lobster is tossed with mayonnaise, lemon and chives and served on a buttered potato bun with a side of burnished fries. More info: 631-666-0995, thelakehouserest.com

Amici

Amici (304 Route 25A, Mount Sinai): This summer,
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Amici (304 Route 25A, Mount Sinai): This summer, Mount Sinai's veteran Italian-American Amici has constructed a vast outdoor dining area and drafted visiting chefs John Brill and Alison Fasano to create a creative, summery menu. One of the highlights is the lobster roll: butter-poached meat served chilled with tarragon aioli or warmed with butter. Both come with fries. More info: 631-473-2400, amicirestaurant.org

View

View (3 Consuelo Pl., Oakdale): The fine-dining View
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View (3 Consuelo Pl., Oakdale): The fine-dining View has now been retooled into the more casual View's Lobster Shack, with indoor and outdoor dining (both with great views of the Great South Bay) plus delivery and dockside and curbside pickup. The New England lobster roll comprises chilled and chilled lobster salad on a buttered, toasted roll served with Old Bay fries or slaw. More info: 631-589-2694, viewoakdale.com

Southold Fish Market

Southold Fish Market (64755 Route 25, Southold): Half
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Southold Fish Market (64755 Route 25, Southold): Half of this exemplary fish market is occupied by a counter-serve eatery (there are also tables out on the lawn). A highlight is the lobster roll containing big hunks of freshly picked meat of a 1¼-pound lobster mixed either with mayonnaise and celery (cold) or melted butter (warm). Both come with coleslaw and your choice of salad (perfectly good) or French fries (fantastic). More info: 631-765-3200

Ed’s Lobster Bar

Ed's Lobster Bar (1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Sag
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Ed's Lobster Bar (1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Sag Harbor): This Sag Habor outpost of the SoHo original serves a menu of New England fish shack classics. That includes, of course, a meaty lobster roll on a toasted, buttered bun served with side of housemade pickles and sea-salt fries. More info: 631-725-1131, lobsterbarnyc.com

Salt & Barrel

Salt & Barrel (61 West Main St., Bay
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Salt & Barrel (61 West Main St., Bay Shore): Two lobster rolls are available at Bay Shore's seafood specialist: warm, butter-poached lobster with pickled celery and tomato aioli; and the cold "Mainer" with mayonnaise, corn, tarragon and lemon. Both are served with housemade chips. More info: 631-647-8818, saltandbarrel.com

Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails

Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails (23 N. Park Ave.,
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Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails (23 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre): For Rockville Centrians, 2020 is the Summer of Kaseys, whose beautifully appointed rooftop provides as panoramic-as-possible a view of the village. Don't miss the meaty lobster roll, dressed, barely, with mayo, celery and scallions, cradled in a Bibb lettuce-lined potato bun and served with excellent fries. More info: 516-766-5049, kaseysrvcny.com

Duryea's

Duryea's (65 Tuthill Rd., Montauk): Watch the sun
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Duryea's (65 Tuthill Rd., Montauk): Watch the sun set over Montauk's Fort Pond Bay from the vantage point of Duryea's serene dock. The lobster roll (mayo, celery, lemon juice on a potato bun) served with ruffled sweet-potato chips and slaw, is a perfect accompaniment. (The same roll, plus a warm-butter version, is available at the new in Duryea's Orient Point.) More info: 631-668-2410, duryealobsters.com

D.J.'s Clam Shack

D.J.'s Clam Shack (3255 Sunrise Hwy., Wantagh): Made
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D.J.'s Clam Shack (3255 Sunrise Hwy., Wantagh): Made with big hunks of knuckle and claw meat and butter-griddled top-split buns, lobster rolls here 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 with twice the filling. More info: 516-900-1400, djsclamshack.com 

Salted. On the Harbor

Salted. On the Harbor (14 Woodbine Ave., Northport):
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Salted. On the Harbor (14 Woodbine Ave., Northport): The "Lawbsta Roll" at this new harborside bistro is a study in largesse, and can easily feed two. Chef Michael Heinlein stuffs a toasted, buttered brioche bun with hunks of lobster meat until he can't fit anymore; the claws reach skyward, the mayo-based dressing is creamy and studded with slivered celery, and a layer of Bibb lettuce gives the entire thing extra crunch. More info: 631-651-2600, saltedontheharbor.com

Bostwick's Chowder House

Bostwick's Chowder House (277 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton):
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Bostwick's Chowder House (277 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton): This casual seafood spot serves a lobster salad roll, a traditional, mildly seasoned production with plenty of lobster meat. More info: 631-324-1111, bostwickschowderhouse.com

Kerber’s Farm

Kerber's Farm (309 W. Pulaski Rd., Huntington): At
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Kerber's Farm (309 W. Pulaski Rd., Huntington): At this farmhouse-chic takeout spot, lobster is mixed with chopped celery and a minimum of mayonnaise, piled into a toasted hot-dog bun and served with potato chips. Or eat in the gravel-paved backyard, while the chickens cluck contentedly in their coop. More info: 631-423-4400, kerbersfarm.com

The Clam Bar at Bridge Marine

The Clam Bar At Bridge Marine (40 Ludlam
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The Clam Bar At Bridge Marine (40 Ludlam Ave., 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 overhead 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. More info: 516-628-8688, theclambaratbridgemarine.business.site

Reel

Reel (1 Main St., East Rockaway): This waterside
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Reel (1 Main St., East Rockaway): This waterside seafood spot offers two kinds of lobster rolls. One, featuring a classic lobster salad made with mayo and celery, is served on a toasted brioche bun. The other comes warm, its bun heaped with lobster meat and drizzled with drawn butter. More info: 516-341-7222, thereelli.com

Clam Bar

Clam Bar (2025 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett): The roadside
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Clam Bar (2025 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett): The roadside shack's excellent cold lobster roll is made with lots of meat, some mayo and a little celery heaped onto a bun. ($26) A fine hot lobster roll is also available. More info: 631-267-6348, clambarhamptons.com

Smuggler Jack's

Smuggler Jack's (157 Forest Ave., Massapequa): Secreted away
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Smuggler Jack's (157 Forest Ave., Massapequa): Secreted away in a residential area is a classic of the genre, a lobster roll made with big chunks of lobster meat, Old Bay, salt, pepper, a little celery and just enough mayo heaped over some greens on a buttery, toasted brioche bun. More info: 516-798-6000, smugglerjacks.com

Shipwreck Tavern

Shipwreck Tavern (10 Bayville Ave., Bayville): The lobster
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Shipwreck Tavern (10 Bayville Ave., Bayville): The lobster roll at this kitschy, lively waterside eatery is made with lobster meat, diced celery and chili-spiked mayo heaped onto a grilled potato bun drizzled with melted butter. More info: 516-628-2628, shipwreckpub.com 

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