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Top Choice Seafood in Montauk

Clam Bar at Napeague

You won't get fresher seafood or a saltier waitstaff, and holy mackerel, those lobster rolls are good, even if you choke a bit on the price. Three decades in business – the public has spoken – with cash only, of cou…
Top Choice Seafood in Sag Harbor

Dockside Bar and Grill

A local favorite inside the American Legion Hall (the original bar's still there), the seafood-heavy menu features a prize-winning, stick-to-the-spoon chowder and luscious avocado-lobster spring rolls, among other m…
Memorial in Montauk

Lost at Sea Memorial

Visitors to the Montauk Lighthouse may not immediately notice a smaller 15ft structure at the eastern end of the park, where the 60ft cliffs fall off into the sea, but for local fishers it’s a daily reminder of thei…
Island in South Shore

Fire Island National Seashore

Federally protected, this island offers sand dunes, forests, clean beaches, camping (dune-camping permits $20), hiking trails, inns, restaurants, 15 hamlets and two villages. The scenery ranges from car-free areas o…
American in North Fork & Shelter Island

North Fork Table & Inn

A favorite foodies' escape, this four-room inn (rooms from $250) has an excellent farm-to-table restaurant, run by alums of the esteemed Manhattan restaurant Gramercy Tavern. Dinner is served Thursday to Monday, but…
Museum in East Hampton

East Hampton Town Marine Museum

One of your last outposts before you drive on to Montauk, this small museum dedicated to the fishing and whaling industries is as interesting as its counterpart in Sag Harbor, full of old harpoons, boats half the si…
Museum in Southampton

Parrish Art Museum

In a sleek, long barn designed by Herzog & de Meuron, this institution spotlights local artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Chuck Close.
Mediterranean in East Hampton

Nick & Toni’s

This Hamptons institution serves finely prepared Italian specialties using locally sourced ingredients; wood-fired pizzas are available on Monday, Thursday and Sunday. Despite attracting celebrity regulars, nonfamou…
Winery in North Fork & Shelter Island

Pugliese Vineyards

Producing wine since 1980, Pugliese does especially nice sparkling varieties. The winery is family run (with some vintages named after favorite aunts) and small scale, unlike some of its more corporate-feeling neigh…
Seafood in Montauk

Westlake Fish House

In the marina of the same name, this is a great place for seafood, all caught the same day. Chef Larry Kolar has been recognized by fellow chefs in the rankings of Best Chefs America, and among his favorite dishes i…