CONNECTICUT
The Bulkeley House Restaurant & Pub, 111 Bank St., NewLondon, CT; 860/444-7753. Colonial pub atmosphere in circa-1790house. Seafood specials include linguini with clams and lobsterravioli. (November-December 2002)

Chips Pub II, 725 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, CT;203/453-0615. Serves lunch and dinner daily. (November-December2005)

Chocopologie Café, 12 South Main Street, South Norwalk,CT; 203/838-3131 or chocopologie.com. Also knownas heaven, this European-style café serves everything fromFrench toast to caramel macchiatos. Diners can also perch on stoolsat a counter to watch the staff create artisan chocolates that sellat hundreds of stores nationwide, including Dean & Deluca andWhole Foods. (May 2007)

Cilantro Specialty Foods, 85 Whitfield St., Guilford, CT;203/458-2555. This coffeehouse is open daily. (November-December2005)

Match, 98 Washington Street, South Norwalk, CT; 203/852-1088or matchsono.com. Modern-stylerestaurant that serves "New American" cuisine. (May 2007)

SoNo Baking Company & Café, 101 South Water Street,South Norwalk, CT; 203/847-7666 or sonobaking.com. Tempts withbreads and pastries, plus an extensive lunch menu. (May 2007)

SoNo Seaport Seafood, 100 Water Street, South Norwalk, CT;203/854-9483 or sonoseaportseafood.com.Outdoor deck. (May 2007)

The Stone House Restaurant, 506 Whitfield St., Guilford, CT;203/458-3700 or stonehouserestaurant.com.Serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. (November-December2005)

DELAWARE
Abstractions Sushi Bar, 203 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, DE;302/226-0877 or abstractionssushi.com.(March 2006)

Arena's Deli & Bar, 149 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, DE;302/227-1272 or arenasdeliandbar.com.Live music. (March 2006)

Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, DE; 302/227-6515 or bluemoonrehoboth.com.The prix fixe menu is the best deal in town-$30 buys three courseswith bold seafood dishes, each paired with wine; Tasting Tuesdays.(March 2006)

Eden, 23 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, DE; 302/227-3330 or edenrestaurant.com.Contemporary. (March 2006)

Espuma, 28 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, DE; 302/227-4199 or espumarestaurant.com.Spanish-Mediterranean fare. (March 2006)

Fusion, 50 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, DE; 302/226-1940.Fresh, inventive entrees. The signature martini packs a punch; forsomething sweeter, sample the Metrosexual (a dashing blend oforange vodka with peach and cranberry juices). (March 2006)

La La Land, 22 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, DE; 302/227-3887or http://www.lalalandrestaurant.com.Plays host to the ladies-who-lunch crowd. (March 2006)

Red Square, 162 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, DE; 302/226-7782 redsquarecaviar.net.Visit this Russian restaurant for caviar. (March 2006)

Ristorante Zebra, 32 Lake Ave., Rehoboth, DE; 302/226-1160.Classic Italian fare. (March 2006)

Sydney's Blues & Jazz Restaurant, 25 Christian St.,Rehoboth, DE; 302/227-1339. Funky. (March 2006)

MAINE
Cod End, Commercial St. (next to the town dock), PenobscotBay, ME; 207/372-6782 codend.com. For a definitive Maineexperience: everything's made fresh daily, including the pies.Opens around Memorial Day and closes by the end of September. (May2008)

Miller's Lobster Company, 83 Eagle Quarry Rd., PenobscotBay, ME; 207/594-7406 or millerslobster.com. For adefinitive Maine experience: everything's made fresh daily,including the pies. Opens around Memorial Day and closes by the endof September. (May 2008)

Waterman's Beach Lobster, 343 Waterman's Beach Rd.,Penobscot Bay, ME; 207/596-7819. Recipient of a James Beard"Classics" award. For a definitive Maine experience: everything'smade fresh daily, including the pies. Opens around Memorial Day andcloses by the end of September. (May 2008)

MC Perkins Cove, 111 Perkins Cove Rd., Ogunquit, ME;207/646-6263 or markandclarkrestaurants.com.Enjoy the grand shellfish "tower" with oysters, littleneck clams,jumbo shrimp, tuna sashimi, and Maine lobster. Pick a fine winefrom the restaurant's extensive cellar. (December 2007)

Bintliff's Restaurant, 335 Main St., Ogunquit, ME;207/646-3111 or bintliffsogunquit.com.(December 2007)

Bread and Roses Bakery, 246 East Main St., Ogunquit, ME;207/646-4227 breakandrosesbakery.com.(December 2007)

Village Food Market & Cafe, 230 Main St., Ogunquit, ME;207/646-2122 or villagefoodmarket.com.(December 2007)

Anglers, 215 East Main St., Searsport, ME; 207/548-2405 anglersseafoodrestaurant.com.Fresh seafood. (2005)

Atlantica, 1 Bayview Landing, Camden, ME; 207/236-6011 or atlanticarestuarant.com.Perched at the water's edge. (April 2007)

Bah's Bakehouse, 26 Water St., Water Street (just off MainStreet), Castine, ME; 207/326-9510 bahsbhouse.com. This spot justoff Main Street has homemade soups, sandwiches, and pastries.(March and September 2006)

The Bayview Lobster, 1 Bayview Landing, Camden, ME;207/236-2005 or bayviewlobster.com.Perched at the water's edge. (April 2007)

Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium, 66 Main Street, BarHarbor, ME; 800/806-3281 or benandbills.com. Ice cream.(2006)

Breaking New Grounds, 13 Exchange St., Portland, ME;207/228-2054. Coffee shops are not rare in Portland, but this onehas good java and the cleverest name. (July-August 2003)

Blue Spoon, 89 Congress Street, Portland, ME; 207/773-1116.A local favorite for simple fare atop Munjoy Hill. (April 2007)

The Bradley Inn Dining Room, 3063 Bristol Rd., Pemaquid, NewHarbor, ME; 207/677-2105 or bradleyinn.com. Serves dinnerdaily May through December in a fine-dining atmosphere.(Jult-August 2006)

The Breeze, located at the Town Dock, Castine, ME;207/326-9200. Have a crab or lobster roll on the town wharf. Openseasonally. (September 2006)

Castine Variety, 1 Main Street, Castine, ME; 207/326-8625.Treat yourself to an overflowing double handful of a lobster roll.(May 2006)

The Chocolate Grille, Searsport, ME; 207/548-2555.Puppy-plus menu. (September 2005)

Coastal Coffee, 25 East Main St., Searsport, ME;207/548-2400. Get sandwiches and picnic on the bay. (September2005)

Dennett's Wharf, 15 Sea St., Castine, ME; 207/326-9045.Enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner on the deck. (September 2006)

Flatbread Company, 72 Commercial St., Portland, ME;207/772-8777 or flatbreadcompany.com.This specialty pizza parlor offers waterfront views. (July-August2003)

Fish Net, Main St., Blue Hill, ME; 207/374-5240. Walk-uprestaurant with yummy lobster rolls and milk shakes. (June2007)

Fore Street, 288 Fore St., Portland, ME; 207/775-2717 or forestreet.biz. Like Street& Co., its sister restaurant, includes delectable mussels onthe menu. (July-August 2003)

Goose Cove Lodge, Goose Cove Rd., Sunset, ME (on Deer Isle);800/728-1963 or goosecovelodge.com. Guestsand locals dine by candlelight on chef Doug Albertson's creativeconcoctions of fresh seafood and Maine produce. (October 2003)

The Harbor Café, Main Street, Deer Isle, ME;207/367-5099. (October 2003)

Havana, 318 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME; 207/288-2822 or havanamaine.com.Latin-flavored cuisine. (May 2006)

The Sea Gull Shop, 3119 Bristol Rd., Pemaquid, New Harbor,ME; 207/677-2374 or theseagullshop.com. Servescasual breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily May through October.(July-August 2006)

Siam City Café, 339 Fore St., Portland, ME;207/773-8389. Enjoy nice Thai food, with outside dining in warmmonths. (July-August 2003)

Spurwink Country Kitchen, 150 Spurwink Rd., Scarborough, ME;207/799-1177 or spurwinkcountrykitchen.com.The lobster roll and strawberry-rhubarb pie are not to be missed.(May 2007)

Street & Co., 33 Wharf St., on Route 1, Portland, ME;207/775-0887. Dried herb bunches hang from the ceiling of this cozyrestaurant, where you get perfectly prepared fish every time.(July-August 2003)

The Rhumb Line, 200 East Main St./Rt. 1, Searsport, ME;207/548-2600 or therhumblinerestaurant.com.Fine dining; reservations requested. (September 2005)

The Twilight Café, 39 Main Street, Belfast, ME;207/338-0937. (May 2006)

The Waterfront Restaurant, 40 Bayview St., Camden, ME;207/236-3747 or waterfrontcamden.com.Savor clam chowder and sip wine overlooking the harbor. (May 2006,April 2007)

MARYLAND
Angelina's, 7135 Hartford Rd., Baltimore, MD; 410/444-5545or crabcake.com. That homey,off-the-beaten place you'd miss if you moved away from Baltimore.(September-October 2001)

Bay Hundred Restaurant, 6176 Tilghman Island Rd., Tilghman,MD; 410/886-2126 or bayhundredrestaurant.net.A dockside table is the perfect place to watch boats ply the inletas you savor a plate of glorious oysters. (April 2008)

Bistro St. Michaels, 403 South Talbot St., Easton, MD;410/745-9111 or bistrostmichaels.com.Diners fill every table, even the adorable two-tops on the frontporch. (October 2007)

Blue Point Provision Co., at the Hyatt Regency ChesapeakeBay Golf Resort, Spa, and Marina, 100 Heron Rd., Cambridge, MD;410/901-1234 or chesapeakebay.hyatt.com.If you get to only one place for dinner, come here for greatseafood and gorgeous water views. (July-August 2007)

Boatyard Bar & Grill, 400 4th St., Annapolis, MD;410/216-6206 or boatyardbarandgrill.com.A couple years ago, Sail magazine named this spot one of theworld's top 12 sailing bars; sailboat photos, ship models, andother sea-theme paraphernalia fill the bright, airy space; evenlandlubbers will feel welcome, thanks to the friendly service andtasty seafood. (December 2006)

Bomboy's Home Made Ice Cream, 322 Market Street, Havre deGrace, MD; 410/939-2924 or bomboyscandy.com. A localfavorite. (October 2006)

Cambridge Grill, 421 Race St., Cambridge, MD; 410/228-0833.Serves breakfast and lunch daily. (July-August 2007)

Canvasback Restaurant & Pub, 420 Race St., Cambridge,MD; 410/221-5177. Serves lunch and dinner daily. (July-August2007)

The Crab Claw Restaurant, 304 Mill Street, St Michaels, MD21663; 410/745-2900 or thecrabclaw.com. Enjoymountains of steamed crab served on the waterfront deck. (April2007)

Faidley's, 203 North Paca, Baltimore, MD; 410/727-4898 or faidleyscrabcakes.com.Where you should head for a crab cake if you only have one day inBaltimore; they're so intoxicatingly good they should be illegal.(September-October 2001)

Gertrude's, at The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art MuseumDr., Baltimore, MD; 410/889-3399 or gertrudesbaltimore.com.A contemporary dining retreat named for renowned Chesapeake Baychef John Shields's grandmother, whose cooking also inspired one ofseveral entrée crab cakes on his inventive menu.(September-October 2001)

Harrison's Chesapeake House, 21551 Chesapeake House Dr.,Tilghman Island, MD; 410/886-2121 or chesapeakehouse.com. Stophere if you're hungering for authentic Tilghman atmosphere (or justhungering in general). During the "r" months, you can belly up tothe buffet table and sample the island's bivalves in everyconceivable incarnation, from stew and fritters to oysters on thehalf-shell. And whatever the month, the views of Harris Creekprovide reason enough to visit. (April 2008)

The Inn at Easton, 28 South Harrison St., Easton, MD;410/822-4910 or theinnateaston.com. Thisrenovated 1790 Federalist mansion offers one of the tastiest mealsin town, marrying Chesapeake flair with the sophistication of aboutique hotel. Not to be missed: the sticky fig-and-gingerpudding. (September-October 2002, October 2007)

Mason's, 22 South Harrison St., Easton, MD; 410/822-3204 or masonsgourmet.com. Samplethe chef's gazpacho (which he serves with a scoop of smoked-tomatosorbet) and the crab cakes, as sublime as you'd expect inChesapeake territory. The dinner menu pairs wines with the entrees,which sound tasty on their own: crispy-skin red snapper, Coloradolamb rack, and a rockfish tournado served over spicy clam broth, toname a few. The coconut cake is worth every minute on thetreadmill. In the back, a sweet shop sells homemade fudge and candyby the pound. (October 2007)

McGarvey's Saloon & Oyster Bar, on the City Dock,Annapolis, MD; 410/263-5700 or mcgarveyssaloon.com.Rests just off Ego Alley, the narrow arm of the harbor that extendsinto downtown Annapolis. Whether you arrive by land or by sea,you'll enjoy the marble-topped oyster bar in this cheerful,energetic place. (November-December 2003)

Obrycki's, 1727 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD; 410/732-6399 orobryckis.com. One of the fewplaces that serves deviled crab cakes; its interior is a bit oddfor a steamed crab place-white tablecloths, candlelight, waiterswith bow ties, and a brass candelabra. (September-October 2001)

Out of the Fire, 22 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD;410/770-4777 or outofthefire.com. Amodern-American joint with tangerine walls that display for-salepaintings, a roaring brick oven that yields flat-as-a-pancakepizzas, and a menu ranging from fresh fish to ribeye. (October2007)

Phillips, 301 Light St., Baltimore, MD; 410/685-6600 or phillipsfoods.com. Arambling, touristy, waterside eatery with a view of BaltimoreHarbor. (September-October 2001)

Restaurant 213, 213 N. Fruitland Blvd., Fruitland, MD;410/667-4880 or restaurant213.com.Chef-owner Jim Hughes' "fine American dining with globalinfluences" encompasses lots of seafood, prepared and served withcare, flair, and a refreshing lack of pretension. (September2006)

Tidewater Grille, 300 Franklin St., Havre de Grace, MD;410/939-3313 or thetidewatergrille.com.Outdoor-dining on the water. (October 2006)

The Tilghman Island Inn, 21384 Coopertown Rd., TilghmanIsland, MD; 800/866-2141 or tilghmanislandinn.com.The food is nearly as gorgeous as the dining rooms' marsh views.(April 2008)

MASSACHUSETTS
Aqua Grille, 14 Gallo Rd., Cape Cod, MA; 508/888-8889 or aquagrille.com. Casual mealsoverlooking the marina. (October 2005)

The Barking Crab Restaurant, 88 Sleeper St., Boston, MA;617/426-2722 or barkingcrab.com. Dive into aseafood platter at this funky hangout in the Seaportdistrict.(July-August 2007)

The Belfry Bistro, 8 Jarves St., Cape Cod, MA 508/888-8550or belfyinn.com. Fine dining.(October 2005)

The Brown Jug, 155 Main St., Cape Cod, MA; 508/888-4669 or thebrownjug.com. Casual mealsand snacks. (October 2005)

Clem & Ursie's, 85-87 Shank Painter Rd., Provincetown,MA; 508/487-2333. Casual, lunch and dinner daily; closed Januarythrough mid-April. (November 2006)

The Dan'l Webster Inn, 149 Main St., Cape Cod, MA;800/444-3566 or danlwebsterinn.com. Finedining. (October 2005)

Brant Point Grill, attached to the White Elephant, 50 EastonSt., Nantucket, MA; 508/325-1320 or whiteelephanthotel.com.Offers awning-covered dining. (October 2006)

Intrigue Cafe, at Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf,Boston, MA; 617/856-7744 or bhh.com. This posh spot overlooksRowes Wharf and the harbor. (July-August 2007)

Legal Sea Foods, 255 State St., Boston, MA; 617/742-5300(Long Wharf location) or legalseafoods.com. A sleek,contemporary outpost of Boston-based Legal Sea Foods. The chain'sLong Wharf location serves a fresh crab cake combo with grilledshrimp, scallops, and hunks of lump crab. Dining on the patioprovides water views and great people-watching, and the seafaringdécor inside is both chic and comfortable for drinks ordining. (July-August 2007)

L'Espalier, 30 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA; 617/262-3023or lespalier.com. Thisbrownstone-elegant restaurant in Back Bay serves fine NewEngland-French cuisine.

The Lobster Pot, 321 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA;508/487-0842 or ptownlobsterpot.com.Casual, lunch and dinner daily April through November. (November2006)

The Lyceum Bar & Grill, 43 Church St., Salem, MA;978/745-7665 or lyceumsalem.com. Brass rails,etched glass, white linens, and light globes impart old-fashionedcharm. The menu emphasizes fresh local and regional ingredients,complemented by an adventurous California-oriented wine list. (May2005)

Meritage, at Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, BostonHarbor, MA; 617/439-3995 or bhh.com. A sleek, waterfrontrestaurant in Boston Harbor Hotel. (September 2006)

Union Oyster House, 41 Union St., Boston, MA; 617/227-2750or unionoysterhouse.com."America's oldest restaurant in continuous service," has beenserving chowder since it opened in 1826. With its hand-hewn beams,semicircular oyster bar, and cozy booths, it has changed littlesince Daniel Webster enjoyed his half-shells here with a tumbler ofbrandy and water. (July-August 2007)

The Red Inn, 15 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA;508/487-7334 or theredinn.com. Fine dining,hours vary. (November 2006)

Top of the Hub, 800 Boylston St., Boston Harbor, MA;617/536-1775 or topofthehub.net. Toast theurban waterscape with a drink at Top of the Hub, on the PrudentialTower's 52nd floor. (September 2006)

Village Restaurant, 55 Main St., Essex, MA; 978/768-6400 or wedigclams.com. Fried clam andseafood platters, more sophisticated fish and shellfish dishes,steaks. Open daily except Monday, all year. Lunch $7-$15; dinner$9-$30. (2000)

Woodman's, 121 Main St., Route 133, Essex, MA; 978/768-6057or woodmans.com. Seafood, informalatmosphere. Full alcohol license. Open daily all year. Lunch anddinner $4-$25. (2000)

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Friendly Toast, 121 Congress St., Portsmouth, NH;603/430-2154. A retro diner that recalls an era when no one countedcarbs. Here, omelets and sinful home fries cover oversize plates.(April 2006)

Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café, 150 Congress St., Portsmouth,NH; 603/766-3474 or jumpinjays.com. For dinner,visitors to Portsmouth should try the oysters at Jumpin' Jay's FishCafé. (April 2006)

Pesce Blue, 103 Congress St., Portsmouth, NH; 603/430-7766or pesceblue.com. Try theyellowfin tuna with bacon ravioli. (April 2006)

The Portsmouth Brewery, 56 Brewery St., Portsmouth, NH;603/431-1115 or portsmouthbrewery.com.Crafts hearty ales. (April 2006)

NEW JERSEY
Agavé Mexican Bistro, 50 State St., Newburyport, MA;978/499-0428 or agavemexicanbistro.com.A break from chowder-type fare. (September 2004)

Amanda's, 908 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ; 201/798-0101 or amandasrestaurant.com.Romantic surroundings, contemporary American cuisine. (May-June2001)

Aquatini, 27 State St., Newburyport, MA; 978/463-8266 or aquatini.com. 2003's best newrestaurant, features a full martini menu. (September 2004)

Benny Tudino's Restaurant & Pizzeria, 622 WashingtonSt., Hoboken, NJ; 201/792-4132. A neighborhood place with goodpizzas (huge slices) and Italian dishes. (May-June 2001)

Bistro Olé, 230 Main St., Asbury Park, NJ; 732/897-0048or bistroole.com. Servesimaginative cuisine with flair. Try the seafood, including theclams with green sauce. BYOB (July-August 2004)

Black Cow Tap & Grill, 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport,MA; 978/499-8811 or blackcowrestaurants.com.Offers an eclectic menu including steak and seafood. (September2004)

Broadway Diner, 45 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ; 732/224-1234.Touts the "world's best pancakes." (May 2006)

Browns, 110 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ; 609/391-0677. Hasserved beachside breakfast and lunch for almost three decades;Here, the clank of silverware mingles with the conversational buzzof patrons lining up for homemade doughnuts. (June 2005)

Buona Sera, 50 Maple Ave., Red Bank, NJ; 732/530-5858 or buona-sera.com. "This is whereTony soprano would take his wife for dinner," declares one waiter.(May 2006)

Clam Broth House, 36-42 Newark St., Hoboken, NJ;201/659-6767. Seafood, steak, pasta, and chicken; rooms glow inbrass and old wood. (May-June 2001)

David Burke Fromagerie, 26 Ridge Rd., Rumson NJ;732/842-8088 or fromagerierestaurant.com.Local favorite. (March 2007)

Dish, 13 White St., Red Bank, NJ; 732/345-7070 or dishredbank.com.Italian-influenced fare. (May 2006)

George's Place, 301 Beach Dr., Cape May, NJ; 609/884-6088.Locals love this spot, at the corner of Beach Avenue and PerryStreet, for good, unpretentious food. The Greek owners do terrificethnic salads and baklava, but also excel at crab cakes. A recentbill for a party of four: $50.

The Grog Restaurant, 13 Middle St., Newburyport, MA;978/465-8008 or thegrog.com. A pub-like townfixture. (September 2004)

Leo's Grandevous, 200 Grand St., Hoboken, NJ; 201/659-9467or leosgrandevous.com.Italian cuisine; a comfortable neighborhood place with Jetsons-lookwhite bar. (May-June 2001)

Mack & Manco, 758, 920, and 12th and Broadway, OceanCity, NJ; 609/399-2548 or mackandmancos.com. OceanCity boardwalk's ubiquitous pizza purveyor; sold its first "tomatopie" in 1956. (June 2005)

Mayfair Boardwalk Grill, 1009 Boardwalk, Asbury Park, NJ;732/774-3441. Basic-but not cheap-snack bar. (July-August 2004)

Moonstruck Restaurant and Café, 517 Lake Ave., AsburyPark, NJ; 732/988-0123 or moonstrucknj.com. Has one ofthe town's few liquor licenses. The contemporary fare starts withan Italian accent and takes off from there. (July-August 2004)

Oves Seafood Restaurant, 4th St. and Boardwalk, Ocean city,NJ; 609/398-3712 or ovesrestaurant.com. Behindthe counter, Tom Oves, who opened this restaurant over 34 yearsago, greets customers and hoists plates piled high with theevening's seafood special. (June 2005)

Red's Lobster Pot, 57 Inlet Dr., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ;732/295-6622 or redslobsterpot.com. Duringthe mid-March to late-October season, locals and regulars from asfar away as Manhattan show up to this 1920s summercottage-cum-restaurant. (July-August 2002)

Ristorante Gerrino, 96 River St., Hoboken, NJ; 201/656-7731.Italian cuisine; rooftop dining, Manhattan views. (May-June2001)

Salt Creek Grille, 4 Bingham Ave., Rumson, NJ; 732/933-9272or saltcreekgrille.com.Local favorite. (March 2007)

Savanna, 10 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, NJ; 732/741-6333. Spanishtapas. (May 2006)

Scandia, 24 Oak St. #11, in neighboring Amesbury, MA;978/834-0444. A local favorite that serves steak and superbseafood. (September 2004)

Sunset Landing, 1215 Sunset Ave., Asbury Park, NJ;732/776-9732. Serves breakfast and lunch, including some creativeomelets. Its deck overlooks Deal Lake. It also rents canoes.(July-August 2004)

Teak, 64 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ; 732/747-5775 or teakrestaurant.com. Asianfusion cuisine. (May 2006)

Twinings Tearoom at the Physick Estate, at the Mid-AtlanticCenter for the Arts, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ;609/884-5404 or capemaymac.org. Tea luncheonand afternoon tea from 11:30 a.m.; reservations strongly suggested.(2000)

Washington Inn, 801 Washington St., Cape May, NJ;609/884-5697 or washingtoninn.com. Dinnerfrom 5 nightly; fine dining. People return generation aftergeneration. Good wine list. (2000)

NEW YORK
The American Hotel, 49 Main St., Sag Harbor, NY;631/725-3535 or theamericanhotel.com.(September-October 2001, November 2006)

Big Olafs, Sag Harbor, NY; 631/725-7505. Homemade ice cream.(November 2006)

Black Whale, 279 City Island Ave., New York City, NY;718/885-3657 or dineatblackwhale.com.Where you can eat fresh seafood, have a beer, and watch a classicmovie on Tuesday nights. (September 2003)

Bruce's Cheese Emporium and Café, 208 Main St.,Greenport, NY; 631/477-0023. For sandwiches, omelets, bakeryitems-and, of course, cheese. (April 2005)

City Island Diner, 304 City Island Ave., Bronx, New YorkCity, NY; 718/885-0362. Don't miss their hearty breakfasts;fishermen in overalls eat over-stuffed omelets over the counterwhile weekend sailors meet friends in the back. (September2003)

Commander Cody's, 41 Smith St., Shelter Island, Long Island,NY; 631/749-1851. A locals' haunt. (May-June 2002)

Claudio's, 111 Main St., Greenport, NY; 631/477-0627 or claudios.com. Open mid-April toDecember 1, Claudio's once had a speakeasy upstairs. (April2005)

Claudio's Clam Bar, 111 Main St., West Wharf, Greenport, NY;631/477-1889 or claudios.com. Goodies includesesame-crusted sashimi-style ahi tuna. Open seasonally. (April2005)

Crabby Jerry's, 111 Main St., Greenport, NY; 631/477-8252 orclaudios.com. (April 2005)

Jamesport Country Kitchen, 1601 Main Rd., Route 25,Jamesport, NY; 631/722-3537 or northfork.com/catering/jck.htm.(September-October 2001)

Magnolia, 29 Main St., Sag Harbor, NY; 631/725-0101.(November 2006)

One if by Land, Two if by Sea, 17 Barrow St., West Village,Manhattan, NY; 212/255-8649 or oneifbyland.com. Consideredone of the best places in the city to pop the question.(January-February 2008)

The Paradise Cafe, 126 Main St., Sag Harbor, NY;631/725-6080. (September-October 2001)

Pearl Oyster Bar, 18 Cornelia St., Manhattan, NY;212/691-8211 or pearloysterbar.com.Lobster creations as authentic as the Maine original. (July-August2002)

Planet Bliss Eatery & Lounge, 23 N. Ferry Rd., ShelterIsland, Long island, NY; 631/749-0053 or planet-bliss.com. Lunch?This colorful restaurant fills the bill with crab cakes topped witha tamari-ginger-scallion sauce and iced tea served in glass cowboyboots. (May-June 2002)

Rise, 2 West Street, New York City, NY 10004; 212/344-0800or ritzcarlton.com. For acoastal interlude, try drinks and light fare at this 14-floorwaterfront bar in The Ritz-Carlton hotel at Battery Park; seasonal.(January-February 2007)

The Seafood Barge, 62980 Main Rd., Southold, NY;631/765-3010 or seafoodbarge.com.(September-October 2001)

Star Confectionery, 4 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY;631/727-9873. (September-October 2001)

Tony's Pier, 1 City Island Ave., New York City, NY;718/885-1424. A bustling City Island favorite. (September 2003)

The Wild Goose, 48-05 Depot Ln., Cutchogue, NY;631/734-4145. (September-October 2001)

RHODE ISLAND
Al Forno, 577 S. Main St., Providence, RI; 401/273-9760 or alforno.com. Offers a variety ofclassics befitting a restaurant whose name means "from the oven,"including wood-fire-grilled pizzas and Clams Al Forno. Order atop-notch Italian wine and any dessert. Reservations are notaccepted, so go early or late for less of a wait. (2001)

Restaurant Vanderbilt, (formerly The Alva), 41 Mary St.,Newport, RI; 401/846-6200 or vanderbilthall.com.Vanderbilt Hall's full-service restaurant. (November-December2002)

Ballard's Inn, 42 Water St., Block Island, RI; 401/466-2231or ballardsinn.com. A bar andrestaurant with its own sandy beach that offers fresh local seafoodand hearty American fare (plus live music). (September 2005)

The Bay Voyage Inn, 150 Conanicus Ave., Jamestown, RI;401/423-2100 or bayvoyageinn.com. AcrossNarragansett Bay, this inn is renowned for its Sunday brunch.(November-December 2002)

Castle Inn & Resort, 590 Ocean Ave., Newport, RI;401/849-3800 or castlehillinn.com.Spectacular food and service. (November-December 2002)

The Empire Restaurant, 123 Empire St., Providence, RI;401/621-7911. Within this serene space, floor-to-ceiling windowsallow a captivating look across the street to a circa 1915Italianate theater. Simple but sumptuous desserts include lavenderpanna cotta and warm apple tart. (2001)

Mahogany Shoals, on Payne's Dock, Block Island, RI;401/466-5572. This bar is a local hangout. (September 2005)

The Mooring Restaurant, Sayer's Wharf, Newport, RI;401/846-2260 or mooringrestaurant.com.Seafood is as fresh as it gets; atmosphere is casual, noisy, andbustling. (November-December 2002)

Neath's New American Bistro, 262 S. Water St., Providence,RI; 401/751-3700. French-trained chef Neath Pal's signaturedish-pan-roasted duck breast and comfit with delicate ginger glazeand sweet potato gratin-is an edible work of art. (2001)

New Rivers, 7 Steeple St., Providence, RI; 401/751-0350 or newriversrestaurant.com.The superior service and desserts at this romantic bistro willleave you feeling warm and happy. (2001)

The Oar, 221 Jobs Hill Rd., Block Island, RI; 401/466-8820.The Oar, decorated with (what else?) hundred of oars, serves chunkylobster rolls and a truly transcendent Kahlua mudslide. (September2005)

Smuggler's Cove, 216 Ocean Ave., Block Island, RI;401/466-7961. This bar and restaurant lies at the end of Payne'sDock. (September 2005)

Wickford Gourmet Foods, 21 West Main St., Wickford, RI;401/295-8190. Diners shed their coats here while they samplefantastic cheeses, bluefish pate, or smoked salmon in the loftedbistro-but all should save room for the downstairs market's richchocolates. (January-February 2004)

VIRGINIA
The 219 Restaurant, 219 Granby St., Norfolk, VA;757/627-2896 or the219.com. (March 2008)

Café Mojo, 230 Virginia St., Urbanna, VA; 804/758-4141or cafe-mojo.com. Contemporary andfunky vibe. (June 2007)

The Channel Marker Restaurant, 4409 Chambers Lane, TangierIsland, VA; 757/891-2220 or channelmarkerrestaurant.com.Serves lunch and dinner daily May-mid-October; fresh soft-crabsandwiches. (September 2006)

Chef's Table, 65 Tavern Rd., Irvington, VA; 800/497-8228 or hopeandglory.com. If youstay at The Hope and Glory Inn on Saturday, make reservations atthe Chef's Table for a four-course meal paired with wines selectedby the chef. (September 2007)

The Chesapeake Club at the Tides Inn, 480 King Carter Dr.,Irvington, VA; 800/843-3746 or tidesinn.com. Local seafood andregional cuisine; Reservations recommended. (September 2007)

Domo Sushi Japanese Restaurant, 273 Granby St., Norfolk, VA;757/628-8282. (March 2008)

The Double Six, Tangier Island, VA; 757/891-2410. Servesearly breakfast daily. (September 2006)

E.L. Willis & Co., 4456 Willis Wharf Rd., Oyster, VA;757/442-4225. A local favorite for seafood. (March-April 2003)

Fisherman's Corner Restaurant, 4419 Long Bridge Rd., TangierIsland, VA; 757/891-2900 or fishermanscornerrestaurant.com.Serves lunch and dinner daily May 1-September 30; fresh soft-crabsandwiches. (September 2006)

Freemason Abbey Restaurant, 209 W. Freemason St., Norfolk,VA; 757/622-3966 or freemasonabbey.com. (March2008)

Harbor Grille & Take-Out Market, 203 Mason Ave., CapeCharles, VA; 757/331-3005. For lunch, this spot entices with suchitems as sesame tuna carpaccio and homemade clam chowder.(September 2003)

Hilda Crockett's Chesapeake House, 16243 Main St., TangierIsland, VA; 757/891-2331 or tangierisland-va.com/cheshouse.Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily April 15-October 31.(September 2006)

Il Giardino Ristorante, 910 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach,VA; 757/422-6464 or ilgiardino.com. Italianspecialties; no water view. (May-June 2003)

The Local, 4337 Irvington Rd., Irvington, VA; 804/438-9356.Serves gourmet coffees and sandwiches, and doubles as an Internetcafé. (September 2007)

Moo's River's Edge Eatery, 217 Virginia St., Urbanna, VA;804/758-1447 or riverfoods.com. (June2007)

The Pagoda Garden Teahouse, 265 W. Tazewell St., Norfolk,VA; 757/622-0506 or pagodagarden.org. (March2008)

Rudee's on the Inlet, 227 Mediterranean Ave., VirginiaBeach, VA; 757/425-1777 or rudees.com. For something a cutabove the typical all-you-can-eat seafood buffets. (May-June2003)

Shucker's Seafood Restaurant & Raw Bar, Urbanna, VA;804/758-1034. (June 2007)

Sting-Ray's Restaurant, on U.S. 13, Cape Charles, VA;757/331-2505 or sting-raysrestaurant.com.Some call this restaurant/gas station "Chez Exxon." You may dinenext to women in furs or local fur trappers at this local favorite.(September 2003)

Stratford Hall Plantation Dining Room, 483 Great House Rd.,Northern Neck, VA; 804/493-8038 or stratfordhall.org.Moderately priced. (2000)

The Trick Dog Cafe, 4357 Irvington Rd., Irvington, VA;804/438-1055 or trickdogcafe.com.Irvington's sophisticated but playful mecca. Many patrons returnfor homegrown dishes flavored with ingredients harvested within 10to 15 miles of town. End the day with light and dark brews and morethan 60 varieties of wine; Reservations recommended. (September2007)

Waterfront Restaurant, Tangier Island, VA; 757/891-2248 or tangierisland-va.com/waterfront.Serves lunch and dinner daily mid-May-November 1. (September2006)

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