Outdoor dining on Long Island usually comes with stunning sunsets and water views while dining in New York City means rooftop bars and scenic vistas of skyscrapers and skylines. Before summer comes to a close, make a reservation at these eateries.
157 Forest Ave., Massapequa • 516-798-6000 • www.smugglerjacks.com
Whether you stock up on oysters at the raw bar, enjoy melt-in-your-mouth tuna, mahi mahi or salmon or tuck into a spicy and kickin’ bayou pasta or lobster truffle mac ’n’ cheese, Smuggler Jack’s is a great eatery for locals and visitors alike. The casual waterfront establishment specializes in American fare and draws in locals with a late-night bar as the perfect hangout spot for summer evenings.
134 Clubhouse Rd., Bellmore • 516-308-7750 • www.theclubhouseli.com
This Caribbean-inspired tavern by the Bellmore marina is a popular spot in the spring and summer with tasty grub like Mexican street corn, jerk chicken satays, Cubano panini, seafood paella and the all-time favorite, lobster roll. A bar and a sandy patio with games perfect for families and kids rounds out The Clubhouse, where you can spend hours just hanging out with a drink in hand.
The Whale’s Tale
81 Fort Salonga Rd. Unit A, Northport • 631-651-8844 • www.thewhalestalenorthport.com
This casual seafood spot sits right on the marina in Northport. A huge draw is the taco tray, which allows diners to get a taste of every offering. Great for sharing, the tray includes a choice of 10 white corn tacos with guacamole, salsa, queso and chips. Choose from Baja Pork & Plantain, Maui Chicken, Crispy Fish, Bang Bang Shrimp, Filet Mignon and several others. Not in the mood for tacos? Healthy and filling salads, flatbreads and shareable appetizers will also keep you plenty busy as you watch boats pull into the marina.
Louie’s Grill & Liquors
395 Main St., Port Washington • 516-883-4242 • www.louiessince1905.com
The seaside town on the north shore is not short of waterfront dining options, and Louie’s Grill & Liquors is no exception. The iconic seafood spot dates back to 1905 and offers deck seating and bay views of Manhasset Bay. Indulge in appetizers like Kobe on the rock, baked stuffed clams, burrata caprese and lobster tacos before deciding between filet mignon, pan seared scallops, braised beef short rib and whole branzino. Just save enough room for dessert as you share a cinnamon sticky bun or sip on a sweet cordial while watching the sun set.
3100 Whaleneck Dr., Merrick • 516-442-7470 • www.saltonthewater.com
Head to SALT for lunch on a perfect summer day and munch on a watermelon and feta salad, fish tacos, coconut shrimp, poke bowls, sandwiches, surf and turf and, of course, a delectable lobster roll. Take in waterfront views of the south shore during the day or at night as you imbibe cocktails with friends.