Waterfront eateries old and new are bustling with East Enders craving local seafood with an iconic view.
Dock life in Greenport.
The ubiquitous lobster roll and glass of rosé—an edible evolutionary pairing brought to you in part by generations of hardworking Long Island mariners—is best appreciated, along with other fresh catches, at one of the Hamptons’ waterfront eateries, each of which pays unique homage to the region’s precious waters and those who fish them.
Claudio’s, a trifecta of restaurants in Greenport that includes Clam Bar, Crabby Jerry’s and the original Claudio’s Restaurant, founded in 1870, is a North Fork fixture. The sense of community is a driving force behind the group’s new ownership and its engagement of Sen Restaurant’s Tora Matsuoka and Stephen Loffredo to manage the venues.
Claudio’s bloody mary.
“I was brought up in a family-owned restaurant in a town similar to Greenport, so I have a deep understanding and appreciation of what it means to serve loyal patrons and give back to the community,” says Matsuoka. Clam Bar’s dockside dining attracts throngs of locals eager to enjoy freshly harvested littlenecks and cherrystones, along with live music every weekend. 111 Main St., Greenport, 631-477-0627, claudios.com
Chef Damien O’Donnell at East Hampton’s Harbor Bistro shares a similar philosophy while bringing an international flair to his seafood-centric menu served with marina views at Three Mile Harbor.
“I’ve been able to maintain a close relationship with fishermen in the area because we are such a tight-knit community on the East End,” says O’Donnell. “I’m always looking to help out local fishermen, farmers and families, and having access to these ingredients helps me express my culinary style in fun and creative ways.” International twists offer a fresh take on classics such as Montauk fluke ceviche or lobster tail tempura with pickled shiitake mushrooms. 313 Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road, East Hampton, 631-324-7300, harborbistro.net
The view from the appropriately named Harbor Bistro.
Tucked away on Fort Pond Bay’s eastern shore, Duryea’s is celebrating 80 years as a go-to for sunsets and seafood. Home cooks descend upon the fish market for tilefish, porgy and other day catches, and the adjacent farmers market for artisanal products and locally grown produce. But the sprawling teakwood Lobster Deck is what best embodies Montauk’s signature laid-back vibe. Executive chef Pierre Sudre keeps things straightforward with dishes that celebrate nearby waters, while the wine list nods to France with nearly a dozen rosés from Provence. 65 Tuthill Road, Montauk, 631-668-2410, duryealobsters.com
From restaurateurs Keith and Ali Bavaro (the dynamic husband-and-wife team behind Shelter Island’s SALT), PORT Waterfront Bar & Grill has joined the elite list of East End destination dining spots. Its thoughtfully conceived layout features water views from a raised deck, a lounge area with fire pits and live music, an openair gazebo bar and a beachside communal table for private gatherings.
The Mermaid Lounge at PORT Waterfront Bar & Grill.
Chef Alex Williamson’s bold take on familiar dishes is sure to go viral as much as the restaurant’s views, with an Experts Only menu of shareable plates like whole-fish tacos and The Nickle: a 2-foot-long lobster roll topped with foie gras-butter aioli and caviar, served with truffle fries and a bottle of Champagne. 104 Third St., Greenport, 631-333-2501, portbarandgrill.com