The steamers at Singleton's Seafood Shack in Massapequa. (Credit: Yana Paskova)

The steamers at Singleton's Seafood Shack in Massapequa. (July 14, 2013)

Outdoor dining on Long Island: 12 favorites

In peak summer, restaurants with tables outdoors know how to keep you cool and dry. After all, they have umbrellas. So, enjoy your alfresco appetizers, whether it's blazing or drizzling out there.

Here are some inviting destinations that are more pleasurable in the open air, thanks to their canopies. And several of them offer water views on the side.

Cipollini

Your summertime meal here is in the east
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Your summertime meal here is in the east end of the Americana Shopping Center. Cipollini in Manhasset, a dining room for light Italian cooking, goes alfresco on the parking lot side. Try the robiola pizza, panini, Tuscan tomato soup, beef carpaccio, seafood salad, grilled octopus, whole branzino.

Cipollini

The prosciutto, fontina and arugula pizza is a
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The prosciutto, fontina and arugula pizza is a customer favorite at Cipollini in Manhasset.

Maliblue

The raw bar is an elemental part of
(Credit: Nicole Horton)

The raw bar is an elemental part of Maliblue in Lido Beach. But it also serves a lot of steamers, lobster tacos, lobster rolls, baked clams oreganata and pan-seared branzino to balance the burgers, po'boys and chicken-Caesar salad wraps. The umbrellas unfurl in front of the sleek, contemporary restaurant.

Maliblue

The lobster tacos at Maliblue in Lido Beach.
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The lobster tacos at Maliblue in Lido Beach.

Wall's Wharf

Wall's Wharf in Bayville has been hosting diners
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Wall's Wharf in Bayville has been hosting diners for more than 60 years. The casual, seafood-centric eatery delivers a fine waterfront view along with the finfish and shellfish. Sesame-crusted tuna, baked clams, pan-seared diver sea scallops and crabcakes vie with burgers, nachos and quesadillas.

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Wall's Wharf

Sesame-crusted tuna at Wall's Wharf in Bayville.
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Sesame-crusted tuna at Wall's Wharf in Bayville.

Ocean

The remade restaurant at the Crescent Beach Club
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The remade restaurant at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville, Ocean serves seafood raw and cooked, American fare and one of the best views of Long Island Sound. The alfresco tables face a gentle curve of coastline. The "sunset lounge" menu features lobster sliders, fish tacos, a raw bar, salads, shrimp quesadillas, a clambake for one and great desserts.

Ocean

The clambake at Ocean at the Crescent Beach
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The clambake at Ocean at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville.

Singleton's Seafood Shack

Singleton's is in the bay pavilion at Tobay
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Singleton's is in the bay pavilion at Tobay Beach in Massapequa and, naturally, offers a bayside view to accompany the casual cuisine. That fare is geared toward seafood. Popular choices include the lobster rolls, whole lobsters, crabcakes, steamers, baked clams and cuts of finfish such as salmon and tuna.

Singleton's Seafood Shack

The beet tower at Singleton's Seafood Shack in
(Credit: Yana Paskova)

The beet tower at Singleton's Seafood Shack in Massapequa.

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Turkuaz Grill

Have your taste of Turkey alfresco at the
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Have your taste of Turkey alfresco at the friendly Turkuaz Grill in Riverhead, where the all the tables are full of Mediterranean flavors. The modest restaurant sends out fine baba ghanoush, white bean salad, chicken kebabs, gyros with marinated lamb, wraps and assorted small plates.

Turkuaz Grill

A grilled whole sea bass is served with
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A grilled whole sea bass is served with bulgur rice at Turkuaz Grill in Riverhead.

Wave Seafood Kitchen

Situated at Danfords Hotel facing Port Jefferson harbor,
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Situated at Danfords Hotel facing Port Jefferson harbor, Wave has a sunny setting and a marine slant. From the outdoor deck menu, consider seviche, fried oysters with spicy pea tendril salad and ponzu sauce, New England clam chowder, oysters, lobster, grilled swordfish or a clambake for two.

Wave Seafood Kitchen

Soft-shell tempura crab with avocado and local watermelon
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Soft-shell tempura crab with avocado and local watermelon at Wave Seafood Kitchen in Port Jefferson.

Navy Beach

At Navy Beach in Montauk, your outdoor table
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At Navy Beach in Montauk, your outdoor table sits on the beach. It's a delightful site, alternately lively and serene. And the food often is very good. Some favorites: clam-and-corn chowder, shrimp-and-corn fritters, octopus a la plancha, buttermilk fried chicken, seviche, the lobster-and-clam bake and the burger.

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Navy Beach

A crab cake served at Navy Beach in
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

A crab cake served at Navy Beach in Montauk.

East Hampton Point

One of the prettiest perches on the East
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One of the prettiest perches on the East End, East Hampton Point serves appealing options including mussels with smoky tomato broth; roasted wild striped bass; lamb meatballs; "EHP bouillabaisse," and grilled maple-soy Berkshire pork chop.

East Hampton Point

Striped bass served at the East Hampton Point
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Striped bass served at the East Hampton Point in East Hampton.

Clam Bar

Is there a more summery place to eat?
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Is there a more summery place to eat? Either under the umbrella or in full sun, Clam Bar in Amagansett serves up the season along the Napeague stretch. And that means an excellent lobster roll, generous and flavorful. Also recommended are spicy crab-sweet corn chowder and fried oysters.

Clam Bar

Tomato stuffed with lobster salad is served at
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Tomato stuffed with lobster salad is served at Clam Bar in Amagansett.

Verace

Under executive chef Thomas Rougey, Verace in Islip
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Under executive chef Thomas Rougey, Verace in Islip complements the cozy outdoor scene with fine cheeses and cured meats, pizzas, salads, panini and pastas such as baked stuffed shells, maltagliati Bolognese, ravioli stuffed with beef short rib, and spaghetti with house-made meatballs. Grilled branzino heads the secondi.

Verace

The formaggi Italiani, with Italian cheeses, and salumi
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The formaggi Italiani, with Italian cheeses, and salumi assortiti of cured, sliced meats, served with marinated olives and grilled bread at Verace in Islip.

Whale's Tale

Informal and moderately priced, Whale's Tale in Northport
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Informal and moderately priced, Whale's Tale in Northport attracts diners for dishes such as steamed lobster, soft shell crabs, fish tacos, steamers and the raw bar. There are frequent specials, notably "crabby Mondays," for crab legs and steamed crabs. The marina view contributes to the festivities.

Whale's Tale

Swordfish "fish-and-lime"-style at Whale's Tale in Northport
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Swordfish "fish-and-lime"-style at Whale's Tale in Northport

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