Rachel's Waterside Grill
281 Woodcleft Ave. Freeport, NY
Among the more reliable stops on the "Nautical Mile," Rachel's serves steamed lobster with corn and more on its heated, outdoor deck. You may precede yours with lobster bisque or the refreshing lobster salad sliders. Fish-and-chips: made with cod. Japanese "nachos" feature tuna tartare.Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun: noon-9 p.m. Ambience: Good Reservations: Accepted Credit cards: Accepted
Among Nautical Mile restaurants, Rachel's has a reputation for particularly good food. Starters include Little Neck clams seared with chorizo, corn and tomatoes, stir-fried calamari, and a blackened shrimp-and-fresh-mozzarella Napoleon. Rachel's signature appetizer is Japanese tuna "nachos," in which spicy tuna tartare and avocado are served atop rice-paper "nachos" and sprinkled with nori (seaweed) ribbons. Fans of free choice will appreciate the kitchen's willingness to prepare any one of half a dozen species in any one of five styles: pan seared, blackened, Oriental-grilled, feta-oregano-crusted or sauteed. In addition, there are a dozen-odd entrees to choose from--seafood risotto, crab-and-corn-crusted mahi-mahi, crispy salmon strudel, for example--as well as a number of pasta dishes. Whether you're in the indoor dining room or the outdoor deck, you will have a lovely view of the water at Rachel's. There are five slips and free dockage for diners.