Summertime is coming, and the eating promises to be easy. Bid adieu to heavy-duty sauces and welcome back fresh seafood, light marinades and of course, lobster rolls. At The Crescent Beach Club’s Ocean, an upscale beachfront eatery, patio seating and oceanfront views are right in line with the easy, breezy summer fare. As life begins to drift towards the water, plan to grab a seat and cross these five dishes off your bucket list.
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Lobster rolls are essentially the unofficial summertime dish of Pulse’s Facebook following—every time we post our favorite spots to get a lobster roll, it goes viral. Ocean is a top contender to make this year’s installment. The dish is served New England style with a generous split bun, drizzled mayo and a heaping portion of meat and lemon aioli for a citrusy kick. A side of fries is of course part of the delicious deal.
When it comes to pasta, Islanders often trade in red sauce and meatballs for Alfredo sauce and seafood come summer. Ocean’s house-made fettuccini is so fresh and flavorful, it rivals an Italian grandmother’s. Add in a bevy of fish like lobster, mussels, shrimp and clams and an indulgent white truffle oil and lobster cream sauce and you’ve got yourself a sensational seaside meal.
Ocean has a rotating list of specials that include trout, branzini, swordfish, mahi-mahi and salmon. The kitchen pan-sears each fish to make it nice and crispy on the outside but soft on the inside.
Forego the ordinary beef patty and sink teeth into a blend of short ribs, brisket and grounded tenderloin. The burger, which is known to be juicy, is made with a sweet onion marmalade that gives it a smokey, just-off-the-grill flavor.
Lobsters are a mainstay, not a special, on Ocean’s menu. The $65 price tag makes it appetizing in and of itself. But the three different options (broiled, steamed or seafood-stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp) make it a no-brainer. Pair with a bottle of Paumanok Chenin Blanc, a local vino that boasts a zesty acidic character, notes of floral and peach and a salty tang of minerality.