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Bracco's Clam and Oyster Bar

319 Woodcleft Ave. Freeport, NY 516-378-6575

Server Alicia Leby delivers a 4-pound lobster to

(Credit: Newsday, 2008 / Bill Davis)

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Type: Seafood, American, Restaurant Special features: Parties/groups, Happy hour, Live music, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Summer only, Water views Price range: $$ (Moderate) Description:

Bracco's kitchen doesn't have far to go to get fresh seafood: the venerable fish store Captain Ben's Fish Dock shares the premises--and the owners.

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Credit cards: Accepted Party size: Small groups (4-6 people) Parking: Nearby streets and parking lots
Server Alicia Leby delivers a 4-pound lobster to

Server Alicia Leby delivers a 4-pound lobster to a customer at Bracco's Clam & Oyster Bar during the Nautical Mile Festival. (Credit: Newsday, 2008 / Bill Davis)

 Bracco's kitchen doesn't have far to go to get fresh seafood: the venerable fish store Captain Ben's Fish Dock shares the premises--and the owners. It was Captain Ben Bracco, an immigrant from Trieste, who settled in Freeport and in 1929, bought a fishing boat. At first he sold fish directly from the boat. With the help of his son Jerry, he opened a proper fish store. Jerry and his sons, Michael, Jon and Robert, started the outdoor clam and oyster bar and back room. Among starters, Bracco's has a particularly good Manhattan clam chowder and is one of a very few Freeport restaurants to serve fried Ipswich clams. Also on offer are soft shell crabs, fried local calamari, grilled salmon, tuna, mahi-mahi, swordfish, shrimp or striped bass. Bracco's clam bake for two includes two 1¼ -lobsters, king crab legs, beer-battered shrimp, mussels and Little Neck clams, corn on the cob and fries. The outdoor deck is a great place to dine and have a drink.