Long Islanders love a raw deal: well-priced oysters and clams on the half shell.
You won't have to dredge for them There are drift nets of raw bars in Nassau and Suffolk. Invariably casual, usually upbeat, always ready to shuck, they're among the places to eat most associated with the Island.
Here are some choices that are ideal on a warm, sunny day.
Prime: An American Kitchen and Bar
Prime: An American Kitchen and Bar, Huntington: Dining on Long Island's Gold Coast becomes an 18-carat affair at this eatery, which opened in 2006. It has employed several very talented chefs, undergone a handsome redesign, and recently added an oyster bar. Sample the oysters, from Blue Points to Kumamotos, Big Coves to Fanny Bays. Enjoy a crab cocktail, and add a couple of equally colossal shrimp that could wrestle lobsters.
A combo of oysters, shrimp, and crab are on the raw bar menu at Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar in Huntington.
Lulu Kitchen & Bar
Lulu Kitchen & Bar, Sag Harbor: Don't miss the raw bar at this Sag Harbor spot that also dishes up wood-fired fish, meat and vegetables.
Montauk Pearl oysters are served at Lulu Kitchen & Bar in Sag Harbor.
The Village Raw Bar
The Village Raw Bar, Rockville Centre: The Village Raw Bar brings a taste of Cape Cod to the hub of dining out in Nassau County.
Oysters and clams, local and not, are mandatory choices on the half-shell at The Village Raw Bar in Rockville Centre.
Catch Oyster Bar
Catch Oyster Bar, Patchogue: This newcomer on the half-shell stands out with very good seafood, raw and cooked, in a storefront that seats about 30 contented customers.
A raw bar sampler includes shrimp, littleneck clams, and Peconic oysters at Catch Oyster Bar in Patchogue.
The Clam Bar at Bridge Marine
The Clam Bar at Bridge Marine, Bayville: One of the signs reads Bridge Marine, but you won't miss this spot under the blue canopy and molto al fresco. In addition to clams on the half shell and the lobster specials, you may find yourself lingering just to savor the sunset.
The Clam Bar at Bridge Marina in Bayville serves raw clams.
Salt & Barrel
Salt & Barrel, Bay Shore: The focal point of this swanky-looking bar is a proper raw bar, with oyster shooters, freshly shucked oysters (East and West coasts) and clams, tuna tartare and plateaux of shellfish. During happy hour (weekdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m.), oysters, usually $3 to $4 apiece, are half price.
The steaming pot of Prince Edward Island mussels includes bourbon, burnt orange, cream and scallions at Salt & Barrel in Bay Shore.
Nick's Pizza and Clam Bar
Nick's Pizza and Clam Bar, Smithtown: Two major food groups give Nick's broader-than-usual appeal. Oysters and clams on the half shell, shrimp cocktails, peel-and-eat shrimp, ceviche, baked and steamed clams and a lobster roll vie with pizzas white, Margherita, Sicilian and more.
Clams on the half shell, plump and briny, are the hallmark of any clam bar, even one that's part pizzeria. Nick's Pizza and Clam Bar is a Smithtown institution that has been in business since 1969.
Butler's Flat, Port Washington: Named after the lighthouse in New Bedford, Mass., this New England-style clam shack in Brewer Capri Marina West has a sweeping view of Manhasset Bay. Highlights include fried belly clams (with good fries and slaw), steamed littlenecks, and a meaty, mayonnaise-free lobster roll.
Fried clams and steamed little neck Clams at Butler's Flat in Port Washington.
Peter's Clam Bar
Peter's Clam Bar, Island Park: Situated in Barnum Inlet, Peter's Clam Bar has been serving seafood, raw and cooked, since 1939. Littlenecks, cherrystones and oysters highlight the raw bar. You'll also find king crab legs, lobster tacos, lobster rolls, steamed lobster, and a haul of fried seafood, from flounder in fish and chips to fried smelts, shrimp and scallops.
Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park serves both cherrystones and littlenecks.
Louie’s Grill and Liquors
Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille, Port Washington: This local landmark has a perch on Manhasset Bay. It features a raw bar, lobster specials and seafood with water views in Port Washington.
Lobster is among the many shellfish options at Louie's Grill and Liquors in Port Washington.
Point Lookout Clam Bar
Point Lookout Clam Bar, Point Lookout: The view of Reynold's Channel would be reason enough to visit. The local standby keeps crowds returning for clams on the half shell, steamed littlenecks, steamers, crisp clam strips, shrimp cocktail, chowders, salad and lobsters, all served at umbrella-covered tables.
Steamers are served at the Point Lookout Clam Bar in Point Lookout and arrive with hot clam juice and butter.
Popei's Clam Bar
Popei's Clam Bar, Bethpage: Popei's has been shucking around for more than 30 years, sending out lots of seafood and some Italian-American specialties. Littlenecks and oysters on the half shell, steamed littlenecks, steamers, fried oysters, several spins on baked clams and chowders are staples.
Raw clams and oysters served on a half shelf with lemon and a cocktail sauce at Popei's Clam Bar in Bethpage.
Chowder Bar, Bay Shore: A fixture since 1946, Chowder Bar is a clam shell away from Great South Bay. It used to be a wholesale fish operation. Clams and oysters on the half shell and fried clams are the obligatory selections, unless you need a broiled seafood combo.
Oysters on the half shell at Chowder Bar in Bay Shore.
Kingston's Clam Bar
Kingston's Clam Bar, West Sayville: The opening of Kingston's means spring surely is here. Visit for the clams and oysters on the half shell, steamed littlenecks, backed clams, fish tacos, tuna tataki, crabcake and the clam bake with lobster, steamers, mussels and hard-shelled clams.
Fish Tacos at Kingston's Clam Bar in West Sayville.
Claudio's Clam Bar
Claudio's Clam Bar, Greenport: Part of the Claudio's trio that anchors this corner of Greenport, the Clam Bar is very casual and very summery. It's wharf side and offers a view of Shelter Island to go along with the local littlenecks and oysters, as well as chowders, steamed shellfish and fried seafood.
Oyster Bay Fish & Clam
Oyster Bay Fish & Clam, Oyster Bay: The oysters come via local provider Frank M. Flower & Sons, and they're the draw here. You can also fill up on top necks, littlenecks and cherrystones at this informal, summery stop along the busy stretch leading into downtown Oyster Bay.
Bracco's Clam and Oyster Bar
Bracco's Clam and Oyster Bar, Freeport: For prime people watching and partying, there's Bracco's Clam and Oyster Bar in Freeport, where Little Necks, Top Necks and Cherry Stone clams run $10 for a half dozen, $19 a dozen and oysters are $16 for six, $30 for 12.
The Clubhouse, Bellmore: The Clubhouse offers Bluepoint oysters and Little Neck Clams priced to sell, at $10 or $8 for a half dozen, respectively, and $19 or $15 a dozen. Grab a table on the deck under an umbrella and enjoy the water views as you feast.
Clam Bar, Amagansett: This all-outdoors landmark states its case simply in the name. The raw bar is very adept, with clams and oysters. Clam bar also has a guaranteed clientele, thanks to an excellent lobster roll that's on the pricey side, no matter what the market dictates.
Whale's Tale, Northport: A laid-back vibe prevails at this summery spot by the Brittania Yacht Club. Eat on the deck within view of both pool and boatyard at tables shaded by umbrellas and awnings. Raw-bar items, wings, tacos, burgers, wraps, sandwiches and the like compose the menu.