The summer wind came blowin’ in . . . and that means it’s definitely the right time for Homarus americanus.
Lobster is popular across Long Island, in many forms. Here are three spots that serve it with style.
Red Hook Lobster Pound in Montauk is the very casual, very seasonal offspring of the Brooklyn mainstay. Revel in lobster rolls. The Tuscan roll is finished with basil vinaigrette; the BLT, with applewood smoked bacon and chipotle mayo. And the Maine roll, with mayo, paprika, and scallions is a standout, too. If you like your roll warm, sample the buttery Connecticut roll. Enjoy them at a table outside.
Red Hook Lobster Pound, 34 S. Etna Ave., Montauk, 631-668-5683, redhooklobster.com
Jordan Lobster Farms in Island Park offers lobsters from 1 1 1⁄4 to 10 pounds. Check ahead if you’re planning on the extra-large variety. In addition to steamed lobster, consider the Maine lobster roll and lobster cakes. And if there’s a dissenter in your group, fish and chips and soft shell crabs are the competition, along with a raw bar.
Jordan Lobster Farms, 1 Pettit Pl., Island Park, 516-889-3314, jordanlobsterfarms.com
A Lure in Mattituck offers a serene water view to accompany the dependably first-rate steamed lobster, which arrives with steamed potatoes, green beans, lemon and drawn butter. The “chowder house & oysteria” sends out fine fish and chips, Baja-style fish tacos, fish chowder, potato-crusted cod, pan-seared yellowfin tuna and grilled calamari.
A Lure, 62300 Main Rd. (Route 25), Southold, 631-876-5300, alurenorthfork.com