Long Island, N.Y. is a great place to nosh on fresh seafood, as it’s practically jutting out into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to the delicacies you can enjoy every August at the Long Island Maritime Museum’s Seafood Festival, Long Island visitors and residents can get their fix year-round at the following seafood markets and restaurants.
Cor-J Seafood Corp.
Being at Cor-J Seafood Corp. is kind of like stepping into a traditional open air food market, with customers milling about asking about the goods and proud vendors displaying their catch of the day. Those who are squeamish might want to avoid this seafood market, as it’s not uncommon to see whole fish being brought through the back door, then washed, sliced and filleted right there in front of the customers. But if you’re looking for the freshest seafood in Long Island, this is the place to go.
Where: 36 Lighthouse Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Atlantic Seafood Fish Market
After a fun day at the beach, Atlantic Seafood Fish Market is the perfect place to unwind with good food and good company. As youwalk infrom the parking lot, you might think this unassuming place is just a seafood market, but it’s also a restaurant serving up cheap and fresh seafood. Make sure to bring cash for the tip – they don’t allow gratuity on credit cards. For something a little different, try the lobster pizza, or stick with the traditional steamed seafood platter. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
Where: 125 Main St., Center Moriches, NY 11934
PJ Lobster House
As the name implies, lobster is king at PJ Lobster House, and this casual and comfortable restaurant specializes in live lobsters and stock sizes up to three pounds. Their fresh fish market receives deliveries seven times a week to ensure high quality and freshness in each meal. The restaurant often offers daily specials, including an all you can eat lobster buffet on holidays and an all-inclusive prix fixe special on Sundays.
Where: 1 N. Country Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
B & B Fish & Clam Co.
This quaint mom and pop seafood shack is as unpretentious as it gets, but the place is always packed. You won’t find linen tablecloths and finechina. Instead, their signature dishes are served on plastic plates, and the décor is decidedly minimalistic. It’s clearly all about the food at B & B Fish & ClamCo., and favorites include the thick and hearty clam chowder, perfectly shucked oysters and the mussels cooked in white wine sauce.
Where: 179 Merrick Road, Amityville, NY 11701
South Bay Seafood Co.
It may take you a while to find this seafood shanty, as it’s tucked off a back road next to a car wash with not a lot of distinguishing signage, but once you do, you’ll be glad you went to the trouble. While South Bay SeafoodCo. is certainly not a dine-in place (the only seating is outside), it is great for those wanting fresh seafood to bring home and cook as well as those looking for a freshly prepared meal to take out.
Where: 683 S. Country Road, East Patchogue, NY 11772
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