Heighten your summer fun -- up on the roof.
There are more than a few Long Island restaurants and bars that are open to the sky and to your imagination. The styles vary, but one thing does unify them: none is higher than the second or third floor. Instead of focusing on a skyline or other long-distance view, you can revel in the immediate surroundings and company.
Here are some choices to enjoy.
Shipwreck Tavern, Bayville: Across the street from this second-story roof deck is the Long Island Sound. With a tiki bar, lounge seating, an outdoor fire pit and umbrella tables, the kitschy nautical spot draws both a family and a bar crowd. It's a lively scene with upbeat recorded music in the background, and, yes, you can reserve outdoor seating. Open Sunday to Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. If you're over 21, you get a free Sex on the Beach shooter with the check if you've ordered a dinner entree. Choices include fish and chips, linguine with clam sauce and steamed lobster. Also on the menu: a lobster roll with hand-cut fries, a burger and a chopped salad with grilled chicken and bacon.
Seafood diavolo at the Shipwreck Tavern in Bayville.
MP Taverna, Roslyn: The second-story roof deck at this eatery overlooks the streets of Roslyn; look the other way and you've got a vista of the William Cullen Bryant Roslyn Viaduct. It's first-come-first-served if you want to get a seat at one of the deck's umbrella-shaded tables, and since there's no outdoor bar here, the scene is all about the food and fresh air. In good weather, you'll find outdoor brunch (Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.), lunch (Monday to Friday, noon to 3 p.m.) and dinner (Monday to Thursday, 3 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 3 to 9 p.m.). Celebrity chef Michael Psilakis' Greek-influenced menu merges the innovative with the traditional, and the standouts are many. Try the tender, lemony octopus; lush meatballs in a tomato and olive sauce; an herbal, juicy lamb burger; and supernal dumplings with lamb sausage. Conclude with apple baklava, galaktoboureko parfait or the opulent chocolate brownie made with halvah.
Grilled octopus salad is served at MP Taverna in Roslyn.
Rooftop 32 at Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails
Rooftop 32 at Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails, Rockville Centre: It takes 32 steps to reach Rooftop 32, an aerie that puts you in your own little world under the umbrellas. The bar and restaurant seal you off from the surrounding area with walls and trees. It's open Tuesday to Sunday, starting at 4 p.m., and happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. There's live music or a DJ three or fours nights each week, and the crowd after 10 p.m. is 25 and up. When it comes to the food, New American choices dominate. Dishes range from the casual fish tacos and lobster rolls to seared tuna and more upscale fare. There's also a good selection of beer on draft, plus 32 signature cocktails and a wine list that peaks with champagne.
Pan-seared and porcini-dusted scallops are served with cauliflower puree, corn relish and truffle cream at Rooftop 32 at Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails in Rockville Centre.
Deep Water Bar & Grille
Deep Water Bar & Grille, Greenport: The second-floor rooftop deck at this American spot overlooks Greenport Harbor and is canopied to keep out harsh sun. For chillier weather, flaps come down. Here, you'll find seating for 50 and a scene that draws families earlier in the day, as well as a bar crowd later at night. Those who call ahead can also reserve a table. Chef Jorge Castellanos offers such menu items as a hot crab dip, "bistro" pots filled with clams and/or mussels, burgers, a Cuban sandwich and "captain's potpie" wherein lobster, shrimp, crab and vegetable are capped with mashed potatoes. Open Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight and Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Pan-roasted monk fish is served at the Deep Water Bar and Grille in Greenport.
Mint, Garden City: The second-floor rooftop restaurant and bar at this spot overlook part of the Roosevelt Field parking lot and Ring Road. Mint takes in Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisines, with some American additions, too. Go from chicken Caesar salad and crabcakes to lamb vindaloo, tandoori chicken, vegetable samosas and Goan fish curry; Sichuan shrimp and eggplant with garlic sauce to Thai chicken curry, papaya salad, and chicken satay. Open for lunch and brunch from noon to 4 p.m., and then for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. to midnight on weekends.
An assortment of dishes served at the rooftop dining area of Mint Restaurant & Lounge in Garden City includes mango chicken, chili-garlic shrimp, vegetarian mint paneer, lamb chops and red snapper.
Gosman's Topside, Montauk: The deck at this eatery overlooks Montauk harbor. It's part of the Gosman's Dock complex, which also includes the main restaurant, a cafe with sushi bar and an old-fashioned clam bar. Topside is open noon to 10 p.m., weather permitting, with umbrellas and canopies to shield you from the sun. Lunch is served from noon to 2 p.m. and dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., with pretty sunset views. Seafood is the main attraction here, whether you're up for oysters and clams, a tuna poke, fried calamari, peel-and-eat shrimp, a banh mi sandwich, grilled local fluke, crabcakes, a tuna club wrap, chargrilled swordfish and yellowfin tuna, day-boat scallops, a lobster roll or steamed lobster "trap-to-table." There are also plenty of cocktails and frozen refreshments.
A taco with grilled local fluke is served at Gosman's Topside restaurant in Montauk.