WE HAD A REQUEST FOR MORE SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS, SO HERE YOU ARE LONG ISLAND! WE ARE OVERFLOWING WITH FRESH SEAFOOD ON THE ISLAND, AND HERE WE WILL TELL YOU WHERE TO FIND IT. IT MAY TAKE A WHILE TO FINISH THIS SECTION, SO BE PATIENT, AND IF YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION OR COMMENT, PLEASE LEAVE ONE.

THE SNAPPER INN, Oakdale, NY

     Located on the Connetquot River in Oakdale, The Snapper Inn has been owned and operated by the Remmer family since 1929.  You can tell by the efficiency of the service, the courtesy of the staff and the quality of the food.  But, you would never know just by walking in to this beautiful restaurant on the water which must have been renovated some time more recently than 1929, because it is just beautifully appointed from the dining areas to the bathrooms.

     We were welcomed immediately and attended by attentive and well dressed staff, efficient and knowledgeable about the food.  The menu offers an eye-popping variety of seafood appetizers including a reasonably priced Raw Bar Sampler of Clams, Oysters, Shrimp, King Crab legs & Seafood Salad for $28.00, and all sorts of uniquely prepared oysters, mussles and calamari.  We had the Crab & Lobster Cake (the size of a baseball!) which was crispy on the outside, meaty and moist on the inside; and the Shrimp & Lobster Lollipops - Jumbo Shrimp and half a Lobster tail threaded on to skewers, served with a variety of dipping sauces.  The seafood was cooked perfectly and the sauces were delicious, even if the batter was a bit heavy.  Thursday was half-price pasta night, so I couldn't resist the Creamy Pesto Linguini with Grilled Jumbo Shrimp.  The sauce was perfect, the cream tempering the pesto so the taste of the shrimp could shine through.  The pasta was cooked just a bit under al dente, perfect, and served with cheese on the side.  Absolutely delicious, and there were more shrimp than I could count.  This was more than a bargain and I couldn't stop eating it - but when I did I still had half of it to take home!  My companion had the Scallop & Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo, and was just as awed. 

     Our meal left nothing to complain about.  The bartender makes a decent drink, the bread and crackers were fresh and delicious, the view on the water was beautiful, all the seafood was cooked perfectly, and the prices were reasonable. Even the decaf was good. There is a reason The Snapper Inn has been around for 80 years, and we are definitely going back.  (see photos below)

  • Lobster & Shrimp Lollipops at The Snapper Inn

  • Shrimp & Creamy Pesto Linguini at The Snapper Inn

POPEI'S CLAM BAR, 384 Wantagh Ave., Bethpage NY

Thai Calamari at Popei's

   This review may be meaningless to a restaurant that has been around for 30 years, but this was my very first visit to Popei's.  I decided after my first bite of the Thai Calamari that it wouldn't be my last.  Perfectly seasoned and fried with a light coating and so tender you could cut it with the side of a fork.  It was accompanied by a sweet/spicy Thai sauce that was incredible.  See Photo.  And don't forget to order it when you get there.

     Ok, back to the beginning.  Popeis looks like a tiny little dive from the outside with a parking lot so small, they have to have a valet park your car.  But we got there early, just about 5pm, and they were just beginning to get busy.  I was literally dragged there because its been around for so long and its kind of casual I imagined it as kind of a seafood shak.  OMG, was I wrong.  Nothing about Popei's is "shak-like," from the service, to the decor, to the bar, to the food.  Everything is clean, fresh, well run and up to date - except the prices, which are unbelievably reasonable.  We walked in and were immediately greeted and shown to a table and asked if it was ok with us.  It was.  A lovely waitress immediately came to take our drink order and brought water and hot garlic bread.  Nice.  My martini was perfect.  I ordered the Monday Special (there is an unbelievably priced special every weeknight) Clambake.  1 1/4lb lobster, mussels, little neck clams, steamers, king crab legs & corn on the cob all for $24.95.  That lobster was the most perfectly cooked lobster I've had all summer, sweet and succulent, tender and juicy, it didn't even need the butter - and the whole thing comes in an olive oil and garlic herb broth you have just got to try.  Oh, and you can have a baked potato, salad, linguini or fries for $1.00 more.  Yes, $1.00.  My husband ordered the "all you can eat" Shrimp & Ribs - 1/2 rack baby backs, shrimp scampi, stuffed shrimp, fried shrimp & a baked clam - about $21.00.  And they will bring you all you can eat, but after 2 plates (a full rack and about 30 shrimp stuffed, fried & scampi) he was done.  I, however, made him eat my corn, and crab and some other fish so I could save room for dessert - which was this wonderful Raspberry Sorbet Bombe covered with a dark chocolate coating, with whipped cream and a creme caramel sauce on the plate.  Take a look below and you will see what I mean.

     Need I tell you more?  Great prices, fantastic fresh fish, incredible service.  The waitstaff is knowledgeable, helpful and fast - but they don't rush you.  Thank you to our waitress who was lovely. The owner/chef is around all evening to greet diners and check on your meal.  And most importantly he actually cares about what you say, appreciates a compliment and considers a suggestion.  I am more than impressed by the people, service and food and Popeis and I cannot wait to go back!!

  • Popei's Clambar Outside

  • Incredible Clambake

  • Raspberry Bombe

Coolfish, Jericho Tpke, Syosset

Speaking of Tom Schaudel, you should try Coolfish in Syosset. The atmosphere here is chic but comfortable. The bar is usually jumping, but it is separated enough from the dining room that you can have a quiet dinner. Here you will find fresh seafood, along with a selection of other dinners like pork cops, chicken, pasta or beef to satisfy every palate. But the seafood is the specialty, and the raw bar appetizer (for 2) is cold and fresh, and one of the better on the Island. The mussles appetizer is excellent, in a spicy red curry basil coconut milk sauce is devine. So are the quesadillas. The main courses include chilean sea bass with lobster fricasee (unbelievable) and grilled salmon w/ black beluga lentils (cooked perfectly) and cinnamon-chipotle marinated pork chops. But, quite honestly, you must have the chocolate teepee dessert. Do not pass it up no matter how full you are!
Note: On weekdays Coolfish has a very reasonable prix fixe menu for about $30.00 and it is more than worth it.
Tom, if you're reading this, Jewel was a great experience, but I'm going back to Coolfish!

RedFish, Woodbury Rd, Woodbury NY

Sesame Crusted Tuna at Redfish

 From the outside, you might have a hard time even finding Fatfish (no relation to Coolfish or Redfish), so don't forget your GPS, and don't be put off by the appearance of a shack when you get there. When you walk in and see your opportunity to sit at one of the tables on the carpeted deck by the edge of the water, take it. You are so close, you have to be careful not to fall in. The deck opens directly into the restaurant, so no one is cheated. Or at an angle to the water, stop at the bar and have a drink waterside.
We went for dinner and ordered off the regular menu (they have an excellent Tapas menu at the bar, although $12 for olive tapenade is a little pricey). In the summer, they have a lobster bake special and it was delicious. Not all of those are, but the lobsters were a good size (about 1 1/2 lbs), and tender, as was the shell fish that came with it. The special came with an appetizer, and the lobster bisque was very good, but not great. There were soft shell crabs as a special that night, so we tried them also. I don't like them at all, anywhere, but my guest swears they were wonderful. At least they looked good.
Fatfish has an excellent selection of salads if you are eating light including a smoked salmon and avocado salad, apple and fig salad, and 2 main course salads - one with salmon and one with chicken.
From the appetizers, the tuna carpaccio, buffalo mozzarella & tomato and the roasted scallops, clams & pancetta stand out. From the entrees, I liked the shrimp and scallop fettuccini with fresh baby arugula, roasted peppers, sauteed cremini mushrooms and a garlic based cream sauce. The cream sauce was light and did not overwhelm the dish. Also notable is the grouper en papillote, with roasted charred peppers, grated carrot and sweet garlic & chive pernod sauce over orzo haricot vert salad.
There is the usual landlovers menue of pasta, chicken chops and steak which all look appealing, but which I have not yet sampled because, well, its Fatfish after all. If I did, I would try the Giannone roasted chicken with chorizo tomato fennel caponata, mustard spinach roast potatoes & chianti garlic sauce.
Take a drive over there this summer, sit by the water, have a lovely dinner in the cool water's breeze and watch the ferries go back and forth. Its mezmerizing, relaxing and a pleasant night out. Definitely a good value.

Fatfish, Bayshore, NY

If I didn't know better I'd think this fish was looking out over the Bay!

From the outside, you might have a hard time even finding Fatfish (no relation to Coolfish or Redfish), so don't forget your GPS, and don't be put off by the appearance of a shack when you get there. When you walk in and see your opportunity to sit at one of the tables on the carpeted deck by the edge of the water, take it. You are so close, you have to be careful not to fall in. The deck opens directly into the restaurant, so no one is cheated. Or at an angle to the water, stop at the bar and have a drink waterside.
We went for dinner and ordered off the regular menu (they have an excellent Tapas menu at the bar, although $12 for olive tapenade is a little pricey). In the summer, they have a lobster bake special and it was delicious. Not all of those are, but the lobsters were a good size (about 1 1/2 lbs), and tender, as was the shell fish that came with it. The special came with an appetizer, and the lobster bisque was very good, but not great. There were soft shell crabs as a special that night, so we tried them also. I don't like them at all, anywhere, but my guest swears they were wonderful. At least they looked good.
Fatfish has an excellent selection of salads if you are eating light including a smoked salmon and avocado salad, apple and fig salad, and 2 main course salads - one with salmon and one with chicken.
From the appetizers, the tuna carpaccio, buffalo mozzarella & tomato and the roasted scallops, clams & pancetta stand out. From the entrees, I liked the shrimp and scallop fettuccini with fresh baby arugula, roasted peppers, sauteed cremini mushrooms and a garlic based cream sauce. The cream sauce was light and did not overwhelm the dish. Also notable is the grouper en papillote, with roasted charred peppers, grated carrot and sweet garlic & chive pernod sauce over orzo haricot vert salad.
There is the usual landlovers menue of pasta, chicken chops and steak which all look appealing, but which I have not yet sampled because, well, its Fatfish after all. If I did, I would try the Giannone roasted chicken with chorizo tomato fennel caponata, mustard spinach roast potatoes & chianti garlic sauce.
Take a drive over there this summer, sit by the water, have a lovely dinner in the cool water's breeze and watch the ferries go back and forth. Its mezmerizing, relaxing and a pleasant night out. Definitely a good value.

RiverHouse Grill, Nautical Mile, Freeport NY

Scallop & Crab Risotto at Riverhouse Grill. (there was another scallop here which got eaten by the time I took the photo!)

     Its hard to know what to say when you are sitting in such a beautiful location, surrounded by at least another dozen seafood restaurants, at a table literally over the water, --and the service and food is so... unremarkable.   We were lured in by the 2 for 1 lobsters sign on the chalkboard and the lovely hostess in front who offered us a table outside in the back (which turned out to be a walkway around the building.  But - it was outside, the view was lovely and there were tables, so who was I to complain?  I only began to be concerned when the waiter brought the bread and oil and balanced it on the railing because the table was too small to read the menus at the same time. Ok, its kind of funny so far.  Then, there was a separate menu for the evening's Specials; but mine was different from my companions, neither of them had any prices and neither of them said anything about the lobster special.  After looking at the ridiculous prices on the regular menu I wasn't sure I wanted to know.  When I asked the waiter which was which he didn't know either but he did go and check.  Still no mention of the lobsters. 

     Enough of that because in the end I'm always lured by risotto & seafood and they offered a luscious sounding Scallop and Crabmeat Risotto with peas & corn, and wasabi sauce.  Neither of us could resist.  Meanwhile we were happily snacking on the bread - which was fresh- and enjoying our Gin & Tonics in the summer breeze.  Then comes dinner.  Picture this: the plates are so enormous that almost everything has to be removed from the table and the bread goes back up on the railing.  We are left with silverware, our drinks and 2 huge plates that are virtually empty save for a molded strip of risotto topped with 4 pan seared scallops.  Where was the crab?  Shredded into the risotto.  As you see from the photo, it was very shredded and this did not start out as lump crab, that's for sure.  Garnish?  Nope.  Salad? Nope.  Not even a slice of lemon on the place.  Now, looks aren't everything so we try the scallops and they were fresh and cooked perfectly, but not well seasoned.  The risotto was another story.  (I admit to a slight bias having just had that wonderful scallop & risoto w/ saffron broth last week at Chi)  This had no seasoning, no flavor other than the bits of crab and no sauce other than a little dribble of wasabi cream.  Thank goodness there was salt and pepper on the table.  That risotto was dry and virtually tasteless and must have been sitting around for hours, it wasn't even hot!  At $28.00 each, it was not worth it.  (Oh, I did get a peak at those lobsters in case you are curious - you get a lobster on a plate with butter, and I belive a side of rice & veggies, but I couldn't see anything on that small table.  It is certainly not a lobster bake and you pay by the size so, two 1 1/2lb lobster dinners are $36.00, two 2lb are $44.00.  How is that a special when the clam bake just down the block is $21.95?) 

     So, I'm sorry I cannot recommend Riverhouse as one of my top pics this summer, not with all the other wonderful choices on the Nautical Mile.  We didn't stay for dessert.  There's a Herhey's Ice Cream Parlour just down the street!

Canturbury Ales, Oyster Bay NY

 Not the same as Canterbury Ales in Huntington, Canterbury's Oyster Bar & Grill progressed from an old English style pub into a classic American seafood grill. The atmosphere is pub-like, casual and local, depicting the history of the turn of the century Oyster Bay life. As you walk around, take a look at the photos and trinkets that adorn the walls and be fascinated.
Of course, if you like oysters as much as I do, then this is the place for you. The are cold and fresh and when you get them on the half-shell there is nothing like it. Then again, the Oysters Lobsterfella are irresistable, with spinach, cheese, anisette, shallots and lobster sause - rich and creamy, but not enough to take over the oyster. And don't forget the oyster shots - shucked and served in a shot glass with either cocktail sauce & pepper vodka or salsa & tequila!
Ok, enough about the oysters, because if you don't like them, there is so much more to choose from. The tuna sashimi, fried calamari, blue claw crabcakes, and roasted onion soup au gratin all stand out as appetizers. The entree salads include a summer shrimp salad with portobello, summer squash, asparagus, mesclun greens, tomatos & fresh mozzarella. We shared the cajun jambalaya and it was excellent, as are their fish n chips! The seafood specialties include a St. Peter fish Picatta, Porcini Dusted Ocean Scallops, and a Seafood Trio of Tuna sashimi, BBQ'd Jumpo shrimp and Thai spiced ocean scallops. If you are one of the land lovers don't feel left out, as you have maple pecan crusted chicken, marinated skirt steak and baby back ribs, along with a selection of sandwiches and burgers.
I will be honest and say that the prices are a bit high for a Bar & Grill, but the food is definitely worth it. Take the drive over to Oyster Bay and try it.

Waterzooi, Franklin Ave., Garden City

If you are a fan of mussles, this is the place for you. Waterzooi has been on Franklin Avenue in Garden City for just about 10 years now. Their selection of food and especially beer leans toward Belgian (hence, the name) but their specialty is Mussles and Frites. They are always plump, juicy, clean and fresh. You can have them any way you want them: oreganata, white wine and garlic, light tomato broth, fra diavolo, fonduta with a light cheese sauce and ham, paella with shrimp, clams, crawfish, chorizo, chicken & rice, bouillabaisse w/ shrimp and lobster,...and the list goes on. They are brought to your table hot and steaming in a large pot (suitable for sharing (but don't because you will want the leftovers), along with a side of Frites (french fries) and a mayonaise based dipping sauce.
Don't panic if you don't like mussles. They do have an entire menu to choose from. At lunch, they make an excellent burger with different topping selections, delicious salads, and sandwiches like crabcake with tomatoes arugula, avocado & roasted red pepper remoulade, or Belgian BBQ Beef Sliders, even a Sliced Sirloin w/ caramelized onions, gouda on a garlic baguette. At dinner you can get a similar selection of delicacies. Think about their wonderful Raw Bar Le Grande if you're in the mood to splurge (lobster, clams, oyster shooters, lump crab, shrimp cocktail)
This is the place to go if you enjoy seafood, and especially if you love mussles, but go if you do not also. Go with a group and order a few different types. Just don't fight over the leftovers!!

Wall's Wharf, Bayville, NY

Tableside View at Walls Wharf

Love this out of the way find for us. There are lots of restaurants in Bayville, but this one takes the cake - or the crab, so to speak! Just down the road from the big Pine Island Grill and Catering Hall, this restaurant is tucked away right on the beach. A bar on one side, and a lovely romantic seafood restaurant on the other. All windows look out over the water, while the fireplace is toasty inside. And, its open during the winter!!
The lobster bisque was sumptuous, without the spices overcoming the lobster, creamy but without tasting like cream. The main courses were excellent - the Pasta del Mer was cooked perfectly, in a light pink sauce so as not to overshadow the seafood. The sesame seared tuna was perfectly pink on the inside.
One more thing to mention - the prices are affordable, and the staff kind and attentive. Although I'm holding on to a gift certficate to Pine Island, I can't wait to go back here!

Pine Island Grill, Bayville, NY

Lamb Entree at Pine Island Grill

 Speaking of Pine Island, when Memorial Day does finally come around, you might want to stop in here, at least once. Part of the Crescent Beach Club, this restaurant has floor to ceiling windows throughout its multiple levels which look out over the water. The views at sunset are stunning, and if you choose, you can sit and have dinner on the outside terrace, or stop in for a drink at the top floor bar.
Oh, and the food is excellent too! If you can get there on a Thursday night, they have a wonderful clambake special (lobster, clams, mussels, corn & potatoes) along with a salad & dessert. All for about $30.00. How can you resist lobster on the beach? Their main menu also does not disappoint. They make this incredible lobster fettuccini which they will split for two as appetizer, along with the standard salads, crab, and sushi. Do not pass on the sushi in the summer, especially when their expert sushi chef is in residence. He is truly divine.

The entrees are similarly well executed. The grilled Whole Branzino was delicious, delicately flavored with lemon and spice. The steak was cooked correctly, and the seared scallops were perfectly grilled on the outside and just barely cooked on the inside.
Pine Island is expensive, but the food is excellent, the views spectacular, and the staff is friendly and efficient. It is the perfect combination of casual elegance.
NOTE: Be careful with those gift certificates they offer on line in the Fall. This year they were closed for the winter and the certificate expired on 4/30. They opened again on 5/1. After placing a call to management, we were given one month to use it.