10 Places to Eat this Summer

Our picks for cool restaurants offer fair weather fare and waterside views on hot days

ALure Chowder House and Oysteria, Southold
On the marina at Port of Egypt, ALure specializes in fresh, locally sourced seafood accompanied by an extensive, all Long Island wine list. Veteran chef Tom Schaudel, who presides at Jewel and A Mano, is a partner in this seafood-centered restaurant and his fingerprints are evident.

Bay Kitchen Bar, East Hampton
At dusk, a golden sun often sinks beyond the horizon casting shimmering reflections on the waters of Three Mile Harbor. Seated on a second floor perch overlooking the marina, diners can watch boats gliding by. Inside, striped navy blue and white upholstery and flickering ship lanterns cast a nautical ambiance. Eating here feels like a vacation.

Jordan Lobster Farms, Island Park

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Eating lobster in a lovely waterside garden at diner-like prices sounds like a fantasy but it’s a reality on Reynolds Channel. Here, diners savor summer at a charming seaside locale with a view of Long Beach Bridge. They pay a pittance for super-fresh Maine lobster with corn-on-the cob, cole slaw and potato chips.

Fat Fish Wine & Bistro, Bay Shore
On Great South Bay, tucked into the end of little Cottage Avenue among marinas and boatyards, is a casual, use-your-fingers, shorts and tee-shirts kind of place. The expansive deck, side bar, outdoor dining room and small tap room offer golden seafood favorites.

La Plage, Wading River
Foodies hurtling headlong toward the newest may miss out on far superior, established locations. This sophisticated beachcomber has held forth on Wading River Beach for over a decade. Diners can eat outdoors in warm weather and be treated to a nautical view year round.

The Lake House, Bay Shore

Superb food, silken service, views on Lawrence Lake, warmth and wine are all part of the delightful picture here. Although it doesn’t serve astoundingly original dishes, the quality of the food and the charm of the experience envelope discerning diners.

Lombardi’s on the Bay, Patchogue

Lombardi’s on the Bay Steakhouse & Seafood
Overlooking Great South Bay, diners enjoy a spacious, multilevel outdoor deck with unsurpassed views. Both landlubbers and seafood seekers can find many dishes to satisfy them on the diverse, Italian-skewed menu.

MP Taverna, Roslyn

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The neat, brown-hued interior is decked out with wood, mirrors, bare tables and exposed brick. Its covered outdoor balcony overlooking Roslyn’s Main Street is just as homey. Prices are modest, portions are generous, service is swift and the Greek food is consistently superior.

Navy Beach, Montauk
Just a few feet from Fort Pond Bay, catching a spectacular view of Block Island Sound and Gardiners Island, this mellow beach house restaurant boasts a seafood-skewed menu. The only possible problem is finding this remote, isolated haven.

Sunset Beach, Shelter Island Heights

This is a festive, casual, laid-back spot. Both the second floor perch and informal beachfront tables offer interesting Pan Asian and bistro French-tinged dishes as well as nautical and people watching possibilities.

richard jay scholem

Richard Jay Scholem practically invented the Long Island restaurant culture through 800+ reviews of the region's eateries both on radio and in print over the last 30 years. He is a former New York Times Long Island Section restaurant reviewer, has contributed to the Great Restaurants of...magazines and Bon Vivant, authored a book, aired reviews on WGSM and WCTO radio stations, served on the board of countless community and food and beverage organizations, and received many accolades for his journalism in both print and broadcast media. He is currently available for restaurant consultation. Reach him at (631) 271-3227.