The Clam Bar at Napeague, Amagansett
What to expect: Few summer pleasures can match devouring a plate of steamed clams—or whatever your seafood pleasure—in the salty open air at The Clam Bar, not caring whether the juices dribble onto your chin, your beach attire, or the pebbles underfoot. Open early May until early fall, depending on the weather; cash only.
Check it out: 2025 Montauk Highway (Route 27); 631/267-6348 or clambaronline.com
P.J. Lobster House, Port Jefferson
What to expect: Stick with the steamer clams and the steamed lobster. Seafood market/restaurant.
Check it out: 1 North Country Road; 631/473-1143 or pjlobsterhouse.com
Wheeler's Restuarant, Brooklyn, New York
What to expect: Proudly ungentrified (with a "No Sushi" sign in the window), this neighborhood bar serves wonderful steamed mussels with white or red sauce.
Check it out: 1707 Sheepshead Bay Road; 718/646-9320