Summer is almost here and with that everyone is looking for the best waterfront dining spots. Being on an island the list of restaurants is almost endless, but thankfully for you I put together a handy dandy list of the best ones! Now it’s time to get out of the house or office and get eating with a beautiful view.
- Whalers, Bayshore.
Whalers in Bayshore…this restaurant gives me all the feels. Located right across the street from the Fire Island Ferry in Bayshore this spot is a definite summer destination. If you’re looking for a place that has an insane ambiance this is it. Whaler’s menu has a bit of a Korean twang. Many items contain the ingredient Kimchi which is a HUGE staple in Korean cuisine, but don’t worry they have options for everyone. My two favorites are the Braised Bone In Short Ribs served with Kimchi Fried Rice & a Fried Egg and the Lobster Roll. Menu items at Whalers change seasonally so be sure to get there while you can
2. View, Oakdale.
If you couldn’t tell by the name of this next restaurant it definitely has a view! The back deck at View in Oakdale is a summer MUST. Even if your dining inside every window you look out has a beautiful view of the Connetquot River. Lunch and dinner are served everyday, brunch on Sundays and you can even have private parties. If you want to skip dinner, on Fridays and Saturdays from 8-11 PM they do live music and drinks on the patio.
3. Prime, Huntington.
Prime- An American Kitchen & Bar, located in Huntington, NY is one of the best Long Island dining destinations. From food to service to ambiance everything is always on point. During the summer months they open up the back patio where you can sit along side the water and enjoy their special Dockside Menu. Another awesome perk about this is you can ride your boat right over to their dock and enjoy a nice meal. Sadly they do not take reservations for outdoor dining, but you can always grab a few drinks at the bar while you wait! Don’t forget to enjoy the oysters from Prime’s new raw bar, which was just introduced this month. Pro Tip: Go around the time of sunset to have an extra special evening.
4. Cardoon, Seaford.
With many restaurants on the south shore it’s often hard to choose, but Cardoon Mediterranean in Seaford, NY is a must. Serving dinner & Sunday brunch there is always a time to go down and enjoy the view. The menu offers many traditional Mediterranean options like the beautiful Vegetable Pastitsio with Mushrooms, Spinach, Eggplant and a 4-Cheese Béchamel, but don’t worry they have some more reserved options as well. My favorite is the Lamb Burger served with a Cucumber Slaw and Harissa Aioli.
5. Mill Pond House, Centerport.
Mill Pond House, located right on Mill Pond in Centerport is a truly beautiful and hidden gem. From fresh sushi to amazing pasta dishes they do it all. In the summer months the outdoor section is completely open besides a cover above your head. One of the best things about Mill Pond is their awesome Prix Fixe lunch menu. For just $23.95 recieve an Appetizer, Entree and Dessert off of a special menu with a generous list of options.
5. Rumba, Hampton Bays.
Rumba in Hampton Bays is all about food and fun (like me) and that’s why I love it so much! You can tell that they definitely used creativity to come up with the menu items and the decor. The owners also own Rhum in Patchogue, which is not on the water, but definitely a must in my eyes. Rumba is a Caribbean inspired restaurant, which is what they based their menu off of. You really can’t go wrong with anything here, but I suggest the Jerk Chicken Platter with Coconut Risotto & Mango, Papaya Salsa and a mix of their tacos. You’ll definitely need to snag the Passion Fruit Pina Colada to start off the night and end it with a Prickly Pear Margarita. Trust me you’ll leave here feeling like you’re on a tropical island.