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reverence for the past turns meals into a timeless experience; diners may even eat some of the same oyster dishes that originally made the area a haven for seafood lovers.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.
Broiled, baked, steamed, fried, or stewed. Those are just a few of the ways that the cooks at Long Island Fish & Chips handle their fish, shellfish, and freshly caught seafood. The culinary team also proves that casual comfort foods from the ocean are an international favorite by incorporating spices and flavors from Cajun, southern French, and New England cuisines. Beyond seafood, the menu also features a selection of smokehouse dishes from terra firma, including everything from barbecue platters to burgers.
The maritime theme runs deep, though, spilling over into the restaurant's blue- and gold-hued dining room. Fake fish adorn the sunny walls. Blue lights mark the coastline along an expansive mural of Long Island, and a bubbling aquarium sits near the front entrance. A life preserver even hangs on one wall, doubling as a pillow for patrons who want to nap in between their lunch and dinner orders.
From the 150-gallon saltwater aquarium, iridescent tropical fish gaze out onto the cushy crescent-shaped booths and mahogany wood 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 certified Black-Angus beef 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.
The flavors of the sea swim ashore in Ayhan’s Mediterranean-fusion menu of market-fresh seafood. The customer-favorite handmade mediterranean-dip sampler piles up a first-course palate pleaser of cod-roe caviar, baba gannouj, garlic mashed potatoes, and tzatziki ($10). Ahyan's chefs slowly flame-grill their signature whole fish (market prices), while flounder Athenian drizzles two filets in lemon garlic-butter sauces along with sides of spinach and feta cheese ($16). A maritime mix, the seafood kebab with grilled shrimp lets sated guests brandish the skewer for tabletop fencing ($19). Those lacking in sea- legs and -stomachs can head inland for open-flame grilled baby-lamb chops ($20) or New York sirloin ($20).
At Parkside Café, the New American menu exhibits multicultural influences and focuses heavily on fresh seafood and sustainable proteins, such as farm-raised tilapia and free-range chicken. The cozy eatery seats 24 diners indoors and 16 diners outdoors, where a waterside patio flaunts scenic views of the ocean paralleled only by sightseeing tours conducted by seagulls. Whether they are inside or out, Parkside Café treats guests to an upscale atmosphere gussied up with crisp, white tablecloths, vibrant floral arrangements, and mood-enhancing candlelight.