Clam Bar’s lobster salad

For some it's the first boat outing from Three Mile Harbor; to others, a peaceful walk along a Sagaponack field. For many of us, however, the true essence of a Hamptons summer lies in a prehistoric-looking steamed clam, or a lobster and celery bluff, peeking above a soft bun. To herald the season, crack open a sampling of our favorite clam shacks.

The Lobster Roll Restaurant
Wanna meet for lunch at Lunch? Everyone knows the nostalgic road stop, open since 1965, is really called The Lobster Roll Restaurant, but the roof sign has become a symbol of summer, and who knew the hopping joint is also worth stopping for at dinner—a quieter time? Owners Andrea Terry and Paul DeAngelis have been perfecting their recipes for 33 years and it shows, whether you go with the cold lobster roll or the whole steamed lobster. And who else offers a gluten-free menu? 1980 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, 267-3740

Cyril's Fish House
A tall, yellow surfboard announces the entrance of Cyril’s Fish House on the Napeague Stretch. With straw hut umbrellas, an indigo landscape, and the under-the-ocean mosaic mural, the feel is decidedly Malibu. But for Cyril, a crusty blond hippie who spends the winter running his two Anguilla outposts, Caribbean sway is the intended décor theme. His BBC—Bailey’s Banana Colada—will definitely help you get the rhythm right, but the steamers and fried clams make nice sides too. 2167 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett, 267-7993

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