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The Whale's Tale in Northport

The Whale's Tale in Northport.

The Whale's Tale in Northport. Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick

Call it a twice-told tale. The Whale’s Tale, an outdoor restaurant hidden away in Northport’s Brittania Marina, reopened for its second summer. Sosh Andriano, who was a partner at Zimzari and Mercato in Massapequa Park, has taken over the place from his father, putting his own stamp on the menu.

Over dinner on the deck, I watched the sky go from blue to pink as boats bobbed nearby. Even the plastic dinnerware didn't bother me after a few sips of the fine and fruity sangria.

To start, I nibbled on habanero edamame and shared a bbq chicken quesadilla with friends. My raw clams and oysters were fresh and briny, the fried soft shell crabs I tasted crunchy and sweet. A minor letdown: a “spicy drunken shrimp” entree (Cajun-spiced shellfish with rum sauce), while good, tasted neither spicy nor drunken.

The menu features appetizers (such as “bang bang” shrimp), chowders, salads, tacos, fried fish, burgers plus a few entree plates, the costliest of which is a seafood stew, at $15.95.

There are also a few kiddie choices, such as a $4.95 peanut butter and jelly taco. Good thing, since the ultracasual place draws lots of families, many coming in right off their boats.

The Whale's Tale, 81 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport, 631-651-8844,


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