Picnic tables soak in the cheerful sunlight outside of Nader’s Fish on the Run while guests dig into freshly caught fish prepared just blocks from the bay. Diners choose from five different types of fish, including salmon, Chilean sea bass, and stuffed sole, or they can choose from an assortment of other delectable oceanic fare such as soft-shell crab and scallops, or terrestrial meals of chicken parmesan or a sausage-and-pepper hero. In addition to the fish on the menu, guests can present the chef with their own fishy plunders as part of the “you catch it, we cook it” special popular with regulars and seals unable to cook fish with clumsy flippers.
From the 150-gallon saltwater aquarium, iridescent tropical fish gaze out onto the cushy crescent-shaped booths and white-clothed tables of the Black and Blue Seafood Chophouse dining room. Soft lighting and a crackling fireplace illuminate a handsome mahogany bar as bartenders top off glasses of fine wines. Meanwhile, chefs sear cuts of grass-fed Argentine steaks, and sous chefs and self-hating mermaids fold organic ingredients and fresh seafood into lobster bisques, creamy pastas, and Spanish-style paellas—dishes lauded by Long Island Food Critic. Throughout the week, the restaurant plays host to a variety of live performances by popular local musicians.
Frying, slicing, and sautéing a bevy of authentic Italian favorites, pizzas, and seafood, Nick's Pizza and Clam Bar sates stomachs with savory sandwiches and platefuls of pasta. Prime palates with fried clam baskets ($8.95) and jumbo homemade crab cakes ($10.95), then pick from linguine, penne, or bow-tie noodles to pair with the seafood marinara awash with shrimp, calamari, scallops, mussels, and clams ($19.95). Divers in search of deep-blue edibles will delight over a two-pound lobster dinner, which partners freshly boiled pinchers with drawn butter and corn on the cob (market price).
Five-year-old local favorite Ludlow Bistro cooks up innovative, yet simple cuisine and compliments it with modern décor and a friendly, attentive serving staff that will try to meet any request—except for those beginning with "I dare you to…" Diners can dig their claws into artfully arranged appetizers such as the lump crab cakes, whose citrus-marinated fennel and carrots jam harmoniously with chili aioli ($13). Pastas, such as the fresh buccatini, take tongues on a tour of the Tuscan countryside with a merry band of pan-seared chicken, hand-crushed plum tomatoes, and bruchetta goat cheese ($23), along with a sassy 40-year-old divorcée trying to find herself. Savor a whiskered water dweller with the Cajun seared cat fish, paired with a zesty duo of spicy coleslaw and chili cream-corn beurre blanc ($25). Carnivorous connoisseurs, meanwhile, will want to feast on finless finds such as the rib eye with herb gnocchi, caramelized peppers, and a port-wine reduction ($28) or a grilled pork chop, accompanied by braised red swiss chard, gorgonzola mashed potatoes, and caramelized peaches ($26). Oven originals are also on hand, including freshly baked breads and desserts.
Every seat inside Canterbury's Oyster Bar & Grill gives diners the feeling they’re sitting inside a special kind of time capsule. That’s because all the surrounding walls are covered with historical photographs of Oyster Bay’s history. Because the restaurant has been around for more than 30 years, this reverence for the past turns meals into a timeless experience; diners may even eat some of the same oyster dishes that originally made the area a haven for seafood lovers. Guests will find the menu full of signature ocean treats, from raw and baked oysters done in myriad preparations to seafood towers that combine the likes of lobster, tuna sashimi, and other delicacies into shareable feasts. Filet mignon and parmesan-crusted chicken get all the same careful attention in the kitchen as the seafood, with careful presentations and bedtime stories every night.
The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood values customer loyalty as much as the freshness of their seafood, and both have contributed to it's recent success. The shellfish is about as local as it gets–the executive chef sources the eatery's lobster, clams, and mussels from the Rowayton Seafood Market right next door. This freshness is crafted into a seasonal menu, paired with the scent of salty coastal air, assails the senses in the sunlit, harbor-side dining room, where diners warm themselves by the fireplace or gaze out onto Five Mile River.
The chef's inspired dishes, which won Connecticut magazine's 2013 award for best seafood, draw on American and international recipes. The grilled domestic swordfish keeps things simple with accents of roasted asparagus and truffled onions, and the blackened mahi-mahi samples more tropical climates with coconut-jasmine rice and pineapple salsa. More than 120 international and domestic wines suggest endless pairings–from appetizers of fried calamari to desserts of housemade pie and seasonal crème brûlée. Free valet parking is available, and guests can also dock their boat at the restaurant by reservation.
Combining their freshly caught fish with ecologically sound practices, the Restaurant has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Seafood Watch Program to serve sustainable seafood and help protect the balance of marine life.
The Beach Burger’s chef, Marc Anthony Bynum, a champion on the Food Network’s Chopped, unites all-natural, grass-fed, Angus-beef patties with an array of inventive ingredients, including fresh seafood, homemade sauces, and local produce. The eatery’s beefy options run the gamut from the burger-purist-pleasing Classic burger, adorned with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle ($5), to the spiciness of the Taco burger, topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, and lettuce ($6.50). The Surf and Turf bridges the gap between land and sea, binding together Angus beef and fried oysters, then topping the combination with arugula, lemon-chive aioli, and optional hot sauce ($9). Meat-less options include the Falafel, a veggie burger served atop an open-faced pita with hummus, cucumber, tomato, and Greek yogurt ($7), which, like any burger, can be accompanied into your mouth by a side of homespun fries (additional $1.50 for making a meal a combo) or a hand-scooped milkshake such as the Sandy Beach—coffee ice cream, Oreos, and chocolate syrup ($5).