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From the point where the waters of Block Island Sound meet Long Island Sound on the Connecticut side, to where Long Island Sound meets the Atlantic Ocean on the New York side, these great restaurants are year round options for varied coastal meals.
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The halyard – Greenport, New York
When it comes to views, The Halyard is hard to beat. Only a ribbon of sand separates the waterfront restaurant on Long Island’s North Fork from the water. Tucked inside Sound View, a 1930s boutique hotel, the nautical-inspired interior of the Halyard has floor-to-ceiling windows and a cozy fireplace – and leads out to an outdoor terrace.
The seasonally changing menu is inspired by fresh produce and seafood from North Fork and the Atlantic Coast. North Fork’s excellent, sustainable wineries are featured with local beers: pair a Paumanok Sauvignon Blanc with a biodynamic salad of crunchy greens, baked eggplant and pickled radish, or a spicy Thai-style sweet potato salad with crunchy peanuts, cilantro and whipped cream. coconut cream.
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Mix Rooftop & Bar – Mystic, Connecticut
This rooftop restaurant and bar on the second floor of Food Network’s “America’s Best Baker” winner Adam Young sits atop his ever-popular Sift Bake Shop in Mystic.
What this fun lounge space lacks in water views, it makes up for with a boisterous atmosphere and a delicious tapas-style menu. Pair a local mushroom pie – topped with Narragansett ricotta and topped with truffle oil and caramelized onions – with a cocktail or glass of wine with the optional addition of fresh fruit popsicles. So funny!
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North Fork Table & Inn – Southold, New York
This legendary foodie haunt in an old country house trades the waterfront for the bucolic atmosphere of sleepy Southold (outside of midsummer). Surrounded by farms and vineyards, the menu of Michelin-starred chef and owner John Fraser at North Fork Table & Inn is full of exquisite plant-based dishes, such as tempura corn with nori or grilled maitake with tomato risotto. and miso.
Also try North Fork’s chilled oysters with a mignonnette of wildflowers or amaranth-flavored Shinnecock scallops cooked a la plancha with English pea aioli and anise hyssop syrup.
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Fresh Salt – Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Located on an idyllic marina where the mighty Connecticut River flows into the Long Island Strait, you can eat and drink by the water at Fresh Salt. And, if you have one, dock your boat at the marina. The interior of the restaurant features a natural fieldstone fireplace and patio doors with views of the water. There is also an expansive curved patio around its marina.
The menu includes New England seafood classics and contemporary favorites like a bowl of silky, spicy salmon crudo with mild avocado and edamame, or grilled swordfish topped with crab, avocado and tomatoes. cherries served over quinoa.
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Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill – New Haven, Connecticut
As the name suggests, this stylish waterfront spot in New Haven’s historic City Point offers seafood, steaks, and a raw bar. Shell & Bones has an extensive wine and beer list also highlighting the local wineries and breweries of Connecticut.
An indoor fireplace and outdoor fireplaces warm diners during the colder seasons, when a steaming bowl of New England chowder is needed. Cool off on those hot summer days with today’s East Coast oysters and rum sangria from Shell and Bones.
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La Fin Kitchen & Lounge – Montauk, New York
This beautiful seaside dining destination, offering French-inspired cuisine on the New York coastline, sits where the Sound mingles with the Atlantic Ocean, right on Montauk Harbor. La Fin, just off Gosman’s Dock – a small enclave of veteran shops, fish market, and restaurant – brings a touch of southern French chic to the easternmost part of Long Island.
Dine on a summer ratatouille made with fresh local tomatoes and unusually laced, thyme, or local cilantro-cilantro flavored with ginger, green onions and cilantro with brown rice noodles.
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Nana’s Bakery & Pizza – Mystic, Connecticut
While at Mystic, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining – it’s a foodie’s paradise. And the best pizza in Mystic, or anywhere for that matter, can be found at Nana’s, an unpretentious cafe by a saltwater pond, an offshoot of the Sound. Nana’s offers the same farm-to-table freshness as at the 85th Day Food Community’s Oyster Club, Engine Room et al.
There are breads, pastries, hot made-to-order donuts, and sourdough pizzas (like roasted sweet potato, kale pesto, and pine nuts), all made with organic grains grown in the northeast, ground. on hand to create the tastiest, most nutritious flour. There’s also homemade kombucha and really good coffee to go with these hot donuts.
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Claudio’s On Main – Greenport, New York
Claudio’s claims that this restaurant was first licensed in New York State in 1899. Fact or fiction, for over 150 years Claudio’s cuisine on the North Fork.
A grand reopening in 2021 revealed the renovated main restaurant and its new veranda, which is part of Claudio’s four-site complex that also includes a pizzeria. In the main restaurant, among the classic Italian-American meat and seafood dishes, a farro risotto with English peas, heirloom carrots and small zucchini is an innovation vector of vegan parmesan made with nutritional yeast.
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OKO – Westport, Connecticut
This OKO sister restaurant in Rye, NY sits on the Saugatuck River, just before entering the Long Island Strait. At both restaurants, local farm produce and local fish augment the international catch and ingredients, mixing together to create traditional Japanese cuisine, especially sushi.
Among the sake choices is Brooklyn Kura sake brewed in New York on draft. In addition to favorite fish dishes, beet and citrus salad topped with tahini, jalapeño and sake vinaigrette; the crispy potato and mushroom bun; and a chef’s selection of tempura vegetables to share and lightly breaded.
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Dubrovnik – New Rochelle, New York
Dubrovnik is a rarity anywhere, let alone on the Sound. Located on the Westchester shore, a few blocks from the water, two-time Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient Dubrovnik offers a taste of the Adriatic Sea and features Croatian cuisine.
Big on game and fish, the menu also includes hearty specialties like pašta fažol (a bean and pasta stew) and varivo od mahuna (a hearty bean soup). Everything can be enjoyed inside or outside on their terrace.