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Open: The Patio in Freeport

The Patio restaurant in Freeport. Handout art. June

The Patio restaurant in Freeport. Handout art. June 2011 Photo Credit: Handout

New to Freeport: The Patio at the Freeport Inn & Marina.

The retro, waterfront eatery specializes in New American fare, from chef Colin McKaharay, a veteran of Louie's Oyster Bar & Grill in Port Washington and Dockers in East Quogue.

This establishment also should appeal to the nostalgic. The look is 1960s with a touch of Miami, from sun-hued, vinyl-covered stools and a 30-foot black-top bar, some Polynesian-style columns and torches, plus a waterfall.

There's alfresco seating on the patio itself, as well as an open-air dining room with water views.

On the menu: crabcakes with white-peach jam and Carolina-style slaw; Buffalo-style chicken "lollipops"; sliders; citrus-soy marinated tuna; shell steak with Vidalia-onion "mop sauce;" lobster rolls; seafood stew inspired by cioppino;  and macaroni-and-cheese enriched with shellfish.

On Friday nights, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., there's a DJ on the patio.

The Patio is at 445 S. Main St., Freeport; 516-623-9100.

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