The Best Seafood Dives Coast to Coast

Long live the laid-back shacks where the menus hang on the wall, the beers chill on ice, and the food comes piled high, deep-fried, slathered, breaded, buttered, and steamed.

America’s Favorite Seafood Dives

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!

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The Clam Bar at Napeague, Amagansett
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

Tasty Contenders
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

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

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