It’s our annual guide to the top eateries where food is fried, broiled, grilled, or otherwise slapped on butcher paper for your finger-licking, crab-cracking, French fry–munching pleasure. This year, our winners (and finalists) were chosen by our readers!
You may mingle with Hamptons celebrities, but everyone is here for the same reason: amazing clams. Readers say the daily specials, such as local tomatoes stuffed with lobster salad, are the real stars; 631/267-6348 or clambaronline.com.
Luke’s Lobster, Manhattan
Former lobsterman Luke Holden gets lobster from his dad’s sustainable-seafood company in Maine, and serves it up deliciously at four New York City locations; 212/387- 8487 or lukeslobster.com.
Johnny’s Reef Restaurant, Bronx
At this water-view treasure on City Island, individual cooking stations offer “anything your seafood-loving heart desires,” one reader says. Try the fried lobster tails; 718/885-2086 or johnnysreefrestaurant.com.