The Best Seafood Dives in New York
Claudio's Crabby Jerry's
Greenport, New York
Lobster in the Rough comes with corn on the cob and coleslaw. What more do you need to know? (There's also gorgeous harborside views from the end of the dock.) 631-477-8252, claudios.com.
The Clam Bar at Napeague
Amagansett, New York
Sit in the Long Island breeze under a yellow-and-white umbrella with a plate of steamed soft-shell clams or a lobster roll. You'll hear the surf from across the road and over the dunes; 631-267-6348, clambaronline.com.
Greenpoint, New York
The lobster dinner, served on a tin tray, features a steamed 1 ½-pound crustacean with excellent red potatoes, corn on the cob that (surprise!) is not overcooked, and coleslaw that's crunchy and tangy and not sloppy with mayo. The lemonade is homemade, and the burgers are delicious and juicy. While the flagship location is Greenpoint, you can catch the action at Rockaway Beach as well; 718-389-8990, lobsterjoint.com.
Orient By The Sea Restaurant & Marina
Orient Point, New York
Watch the fishermen climb off their boats, catch in hand, and breeze by your table. Now it's your turn: Go for the hot flounder sandwich or the de-shelled Lazy Lobster at this instiution that's been open since 1979; 631-323-2424, orientbythesea.com.
P.J. Lobster House
Port Jefferson, New York
At this seafood market/restaurant, the best choices are the steamer clams and the steamed lobster, which they stock in sizes up to three pounds; 631-473-1143, pjlobsterhouse.com.