Top seafood spots on Long Island

Roasted local oysters are served at The Coast

(Credit: Doug Young)

Grill it, fry it, broil it, steam it or serve it up in all its uncooked "crudo" glory -- on Long Island, seafood rules. Here are our top spots for fish.

  • Some of the seafood plated at Artie's South

    Artie's South Shore Fish and Grill $$ | Shopping, Seafood 4257 Austin Blvd. Island Park Not only does it share quarters with a fish market, but owner Artie Hoerning is a commercial fisherman who reels in much of what he sells and serves. Decor is modest in the extreme, but the selection of local seafood in season is unsurpassed on Long Island.

  • Bigelow's in Rockville Centre

    Bigelow's $$ | Seafood 79 N. Long Beach Rd. Rockville Centre This landmark clam shack has been serving up seafood since 1939 along a distinctly unmaritime stretch of Sunrise Highway. The kitchen is a breading station, a grill and a couple of fryolators; the dining room, a curved counter with 30 stools. The main attraction here is fried Ipswich clams; this is, soft-shell clams with the bellies still attached.

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    Bostwick's Chowder House is a new seafood restaurant

    Bostwick's Chowder House $$ | Raw bar, Seafood 277 Pantigo Rd. East Hampton This informal roadside spot draws a star-studded crowd for good, classic, unreconstructed seafood: raw bar, chowders, steamers, lobsters, fried Ipswich clams and one of the Island's best lobster rolls.

  • Interior of Buoy One restaurant in Riverhead.

    Buoy One $$$ | Seafood 1175 W. Main St. Riverhead Dave Girard's casual Riverhead seafood restaurant is an outgrowth of the fish market that shares the premises; the new Westhampton location is larger with a proper bar. Both Buoys boast a reasonably priced menu with plenty of inventive, international touches, but don't pass up the bucket of steamers, some of Long Island's best.

  • Roasted local oysters are served at The Coast

    $item.instanceof The Coast Grill The Coast Grill has perched on Wooley Pond for more than 25 years, but new ownership and a new chef have refreshed the mood and the food, which is New American and, befitting the location, focused on fish.

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    The Atlantic Seafood Pot Pie is a crowd

    H2O Seafood Grill $$$ | New American, Seafood 215 W. Main St. Smithtown Under the direction of chef Michael Meehan, this spacious and swanky spot serves a blend of classic and innovative seafood dishes, plus imaginative sushi preparations. Recommended: New England clam chowder, seafood pie, "everything"-crusted tuna and pan-seared "millennium" lobster.

  • Inlet Seafood on East Lake Drive in Montauk

    Inlet Seafood $$$ | Seafood, Sushi 541 E. Lake Dr. Montauk At Inlet Seafood, vast expanses of window afford a vista of narrow waterways and open sea. The restaurant's six owners are fishermen and executive chef John Yashinowsky does their wares proud with his light hand. Excellent sushi too.

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    Patrons dine at The Jolly Fisherman and Steak

    The Jolly Fisherman & Steak House $$$ | Seafood 25 Main St. Roslyn The Jolly Fisherman has been serving up seafood since 1957, and little has changed since then. All the basics are well executed, and this is the rare menu that features fried Ipswich (i.e. belly) clams.

  • Critic rating 2.5

    Limani $$$$ | Seafood, Greek 1043 Northern Blvd Roslyn This resplendent temple of fresh fish is LI's prime destination for hopping-fresh fish, simply grilled and plainly plated, in the Greek style, with nothing more than lemon and olive oil. Terrific salads and vegetable side dishes as well.

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    Lobster is among the many shellfish options at

    Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille $$$ | Seafood, Restaurant 395 Main St. Port Washington The venerable Louie's has undergone many changes over the decades, but it's never been better than it is under executive chef Ron Gelish. The decor is classic oyster bar, and the dining deck, overlooking Manhasset Bay, boasts one of L.I.'s loveliest views.

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