Restaurants with a water view
Whether you're sitting down to a pulled pork sandwich, a plate of fried clams or a big lobster dinner, your food will taste that much better when eaten at an outdoor table -- preferably one within view of sparkling water.
On Long Island, there is no shortage of restaurants that take to the decks and patios for picturesque summer dining. Any of these may have just the table for you.
Navy Beach(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Truly beachfront: Enjoy the seafood specialities (or buttermilk fried chicken) at Navy Beach in Montauk, literally with your toes in the sand.
Bay Vue(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)
Dining at Bay Vue in Lindenhurst, look onto Great South Bay while relishing the lobster roll, lobster macaroni-and-cheese, linguine with white or red clam sauce, fish-and-chips, fried calamari and the raw bar.
The Boat House(Credit: The Boat House)
After a long absence due to damage sustained during superstorm Sandy, Merrick's The Boat House is back in business, offering more seating outdoor so even more folks can enjoy the sweeping water view. Executive chef Sabino Avalos returns as well, cooking up lobster bisque, fried sole and Chilean sea bass over spinach with lobster sauce.
Inlet Seafood(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Dine on Inlet Seafood's deck within view of narrow waterways, open sea and distant coastlines. At this Montauk restaurant, freshness of seafood -- sushi included -- is paramount.
Prime(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Big and bold, Prime in Huntington offers a New American menu that may be enjoyed on the porch overlooking Huntington Harbor. At the separate informal outdoor area, there's a dockside menu, but no protection from the sun.
Wave Seafood Kitchen(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Enjoy views of Long Island Sound when dining al fresco at Wave Seafood Kitchen in Port Jefferson.
The Old Mill Inn(Credit: Randee Daddona)
There may be no lovelier dining spot on the North Fork than the gently swaying deck of Mattituck's The Old Mill Inn, a former grist mill built in 1820. Watch fishing trawlers and sailing boats returning from Long Island Sound to moor for the night. The menu ranges from Old American to New American to Mediterranean.
Turkuaz Grill(Credit: Randee Daddona)
From the porch or patio of authentic Turkish restaurant Turkuaz Grill in Riverhead, soak up the sun by day and, in the evening, count the stars over the Peconic River. Nibble on a vibrant shepherd's salad, an assortment of meze, or small plates, of house-made gyro and juicy kebabs. Creamy sutlac (rice pudding) makes for an optimal conclusion.
East Hampton Point(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Three Mile Harbor glistens at sunset and sometimes all day. East Hampton Point, East Hampton, provides the perch, plus tuna crudo, a local seafood stew, day-boat halibut, and strip steak with heirloom tomatoes.
Ocean(Credit: Yana Paskova)
Ocean, at Bayville's Crescent Beach Club, has a "sunset lounge" menu designed for enjoying on the deck.
Salt(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)
Arrive by boat or car to Salt on Shelter Island, a buoyant restaurant with a wine-tasting room that specializes in local vineyards.
View(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Fully renovated after the ravages of superstorm Sandy, chic waterside View in Oakdale offers dining on the deck and sweeping nautical views of the Great South Bay from indoors. Culinary choices include wood-roasted local oysters, blue claw crab and corn chowder, fricassee of shellfish and filet mignon.
Wall's Wharf(Credit: Yana Paskova)
Serving an American menu, at Bayville's Wall's Wharf you can sit at an umbrella table right on the deck or even the beach, where you can watch your kids build sand castles over a burger, salad or lobster roll. Evenings, you'll find an American menu with such choices as crabcakes, steak and sesame-crusted tuna.
Singleton's Seafood Shack(Credit: Yana Paskova)
With an excellent bay-side view, Singleton's Seafood Shack in Massapequa has patio seating that's practically on the beach. At this American seafood restaurant, watch boats glide by while having a lobster roll or jerk spiced swordfish sandwich.
Bistro Citron(Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill)
Overlooking Roslyn Duck Pond, Bistro Citron has a few tables with water views. It's a busy, convivial spot, recommended for dishes such as the roast chicken for two, salade Niçoise, frisée aux lardons and steak frites. The Saturday special is braised short ribs.
The Sloppy Tuna(Credit: Doug Young)
Swimsuits and flip-flops are the rule at The Sloppy Tuna, on the edge of the beach at Montauk. The year-old spot reopened with a new upstairs bar and renovated deck overlooking sand and surf. On chef Reed Lucas' summery menu: watermelon salad, Montauk clams on the half shell and the signature tuna burger.
Fatfish Bar & Bistro(Credit: Newsday / Michael E. Ach)
Fatfish Bar & Bistro offers a great view of the Great South Bay, accompanied by a Mediterranean-inspired repertoire -- a bar and tapas menu, too. (Pictured is the Bay Shore restaurant's chef/owner Brian Valdini.)
A Lure(Credit: Randee Daddona)
A wraparound deck at A Lure in Southold seats 100 diners at chef Tom Schaudel's eatery at the Port of Egypt marina with views of the water and the barrier beach bird sanctuary. The choices are mainly fish and shellfish, with a few “if you must” steaks and burgers.
Maliblue Oyster Bar(Credit: Barbara Alper)
Situated within Lido Beach's Malibu Shore Club but open to the public, the casual Maliblue Oyster Bar is an American eatery with a sushi bar and fish-shack menu that offers patio seating in view of the pool and the dunes.
Shipwreck Tavern(Credit: Newsday/Bill Davis )
Eat on the rooftop deck, at a table or by the tiki bar of this kitschy Shipwreck Tavern in Bayville. The view of Long Island Sound goes well with the fine lobster roll and hand-cut fries.
The Boat House Waterside Cafe(Credit: The Boat House Waterside Cafe)
At the Brewers Yacht Yard, The Boat House Waterside Cafe in Glen Cove is this casual seafood spot with a patio offering views of the boatyard. From consulting chef Adam Goldgell's menu comes a scallop-and-spinach Benedict at weekend breakfast, a lobster roll at lunch or shrimp étouffée at dinner.