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Dock and Dine: Long Island’s Dockside Restaurants

July 17, 2008

By Erica Marcus, Newsday, Melville, N.Y.

Jul. 17–Hungry landlubbers see Long Island as a network of roads leading to dinner. The view from the water is a little different: All around the Island — from Point Lookout to Patchogue to Montauk, into Peconic Bay to Shelter Island and Greenport, then along the North Shore from Port Jefferson to Huntington to Port Washington — inlets and coves lead to restaurants where you can dock your boat and then dine. Luckily for the landlubbers, all of these eateries are accessible by car as well. Here’s a sampling.

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NASSAU

ISLAND PARK

PADDY MCGEES

516-431-8700

By land 6 Waterview Rd.

By sea In Reynolds Channel before Long Beach bridge. 57 slips between Paddy McGees and Coyote Grill (same owner). Sunday fee only, $25-$50 depending on boat size, and the fee is applied to your tab.

A classic Long Island fish house where the traditional usually outshines the innovative. Lunch and dinner served.

POINT LOOKOUT

FISHERMAN’S CATCH

516-670-9717

By land 111 Bayside Dr.

By sea Reynolds Channel near Jones Inlet. 4 slips. No docking fee.

Owned and operated by one of Long Island’s largest seafood wholesalers, Fisherman’s Catch has access to the freshest fish. Watch the scallop boats come in as you feast on blackened scallops. Great fried calamari and seafood pasta. Could there be anything better than fried local fluke? Dinner only.

POINT LOOKOUT CLAM BAR AND FISH MARKET

516-897-4024

By land 99 Bayside Dr.

By sea See Fisherman’s Catch

A casual, well-priced place under the same ownership as Fisherman’s Catch. Lunch and dinner served.

FREEPORT

MERMAID RESTAURANT

516-546-3393

By land 379 Woodcleft Ave.

By sea Freeport’s Nautical Mile. 9 slips. Free dockage for diners.

Seafood served in a kitschy dining room filled with nautical whimsy. Open for lunch and dinner.

MERRICK

THE BOAT HOUSE

516-378-8124

By land 3100 Whaleneck Dr.

By sea Whaleneck Marina. 300-foot dock. No dockage fee.

Traditional seafood preparations, with some Asian and tropical fillips. Lunch and dinner served.

SEAFORD

CATFISH MAX

516-679-2020

By land 3681 Naomi St.

By sea Tideway River, about 800 yards northwest of Great Island Channel’s Seaford Four Corners.

7 slips.

A huge menu featuring seafood prepared every which way, plus chicken, sirloin and rack of New Zealand lamb. Lunch and dinner served.

MASSAPEQUA

DICK & DORA’S RESTAURANT

516-798-0202

By land 33 Alhambra Rd.

By sea Alhambra Canal. 7 slips. No dockage fee.

Established in 1933, Dick & Dora’s has a wide-ranging Italianate menu with a focus on seafood. Open from 3 to 9 p.m.

NORTH NASSAU

PORT WASHINGTON

WATERVIEW RESTAURANT

516-944-5900

By land 45 Orchard Beach Blvd.

By sea Enter Manhasset Bay, Round Plum Point (Green #1) on port side. The Waterview Restaurant is at the Brewer Capri Marina, second marina on port side (north). Monitor VHF Channel 09 for more information. No dockage fee.

When chef Rudis Miranda became full owner of the former Di Maggio’s Seafood & Grill in Port Washington, he changed the name to the more descriptive Waterview. The menu focuses on seafood-slanted Italian fare that goes well with the waterside setting. Lunch and dinner served.

SUFFOLK

BAY SHORE

fatfish Bar & Bistro

631-666-2899

By land 28 Cottage Ave.

By sea Great South Bay. West of the Bay Shore Marina. 3 slips. No dockage fee.

A great view of the Great South Bay, accompanied by chef-owner Brian Valdini’s Mediterranean-

inspired menu; new wine bar and tapas menu, too. Lunch and dinner served.

PATCHOGUE

HARBOR CRAB CO.

631-687-2722

By land 116 Division St.

By sea Patchogue River, Buoy 34. No dockage fee. 10 slips.

Well-executed seafood specialties, and very accommodating service. Lunch and dinner served.

FIRE ISLAND

LE DOCK

631-583-5200

By land 60 Bay Walk, Fair Harbor

By sea L-shaped dock accommodates about 4 boats, first-come, first-served, but people tie their boats together and climb over them. Call first. No fee.

A Fire Island favorite, with an ambitious menu executed by chef Patrick Adams. Not only fish (many of which

the chef catches himself), but duck salad and steak frites. Lunch and dinner served.

HAMPTON BAYS

INDIAN COVE

631-728-5366

By land 258 Montauk Hwy.

By sea Shinnecock Canal. 4 slips. No dockage fee.

Indian Cove offers fine views of the Shinnecock inlet to go with the French-accented menu that emphasizes fresh fish and shellfish. Serves dinner daily and lunch on Friday and Saturday.

EAST HAMPTON

EAST HAMPTON POINT

631-324-8400

By land 295 Three Mile Harbor Rd.

By sea South of green buoy 19. 8 slips. No dockage fee.

Even if your table doesn’t have a perfect view of Three Mile Harbor, there are mirrors to reflect the boats languidly going by, as if carrying the season with them. This veteran restaurant has an updated New American menu, courtesy of chef Jason McLain. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Sunday brunch.

SAG HARBOR

OASIS WATERFRONT

631-725-7110

By land 3253 Noyack Rd.

By sea Mill Creek Marina. Between Jessups Neck and Long Beach. You are welcome to tie up at the bulkheads near the gas dock, near the flag. No dockage fee.

The mood is easygoing, the staff friendly, the pace unhurried, and the contemporary menu very good. Dinner only.

MONTAUK

LIGHTHOUSE GRILL

631-668-3100

By land 32 Star Island Rd.

By sea Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina 232 slips, reservations required, call 631-668-7702. Dockage fee for day usage (e.g., for dining up to 4 hours) is $1 a foot. Fee is applied to tab. Overlooking Lake Montauk, take in the beautiful view while dining on the American cuisine of chef Jared Potter. Dinner only, but breakfast is served at Breezes Cafe, which will deliver meals dockside if boaters want to dine aboard.

HUNTINGTON

PRIME RESTAURANT

631-385-1515

By land 117 New York Ave.

By sea Huntington Harbor adjacent to the bay. 300-foot dock. Dockage fees vary, depending on boat size, but are deducted from restaurant tab; maximum cost would be $50. Big and bold, Prime is one of the Island’s most ambitious restaurants, and its New American fare usually hits its mark. Separate informal outdoor area with dockside menu. Serves lunch Wednesday through Saturday. Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday. Sunday brunch. Closed Mondays.

PORT JEFFERSON

WAVE AT DANFORD’S

631-928-5200

By land 25 E. Broadway

By sea Hail the marina on the radio station VHF 09 with the vessel name. 75-slip marina accommodates boats up to 250 feet in length. Dockage hourly fee 39 feet and less, $20; 40-59 feet, $25; and 60-79 feet, $35, plus a 10 percent discount on your restaurant bill.

The reborn restaurant at Danfords Hotel & Marina is the first eatery in memory to make the sprawling, harbor-side site a destination for more than a room and a ferry. Wave emphasizes a New American menu. But the kitchen doesn’t forget the Port Jeff essentials of surf and turf, either. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

SOUTHOLD

SEAFOOD BARGE

631-765-3010

By land 62980 Main Rd. (Route 25)

By sea Budds Pond off the Peconic Bay. Port of Egypt Marina. No dockage fee.

It’s the first summer for chef Noah Schwartz, a Malverne native who spent many years cooking in California’s wine country. The menu emphasizes seafood and Mediterranean flavors. Lunch and dinner.

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