Nothing screams summer like Long Island’s seasonal restaurants. We enjoy them all high season, mourn their closings come fall, and miss them desperately all winter—until spring arrives and, slowly, they begin to once again swing open their doors.
One seasonal eatery getting ready to reopen (in this case, not by swinging open its doors but by lifting open its windows) is perhaps Long Island’s most summery restaurant of all: The Clam Bar at Napeague, which will reopen for the 2019 season on Saturday, March 23.
The Hamptons staple, beloved for its fresh seafood offerings, has been serving the East End for more than 30 years. Its red and white sign is as iconic a sight on the South Fork as the Montauk lighthouse, and each year its reopening signals to locals and visitors alike that summer is finally on its way.
Renowned for its lobster rolls, the Clam Bar relies on a fleet of local fishermen to supply their “catch of the day,” so the family-owned restaurant can prepare everything from grilled fish tacos and clams on the half shell, to local steamers and lobster BLTs. Other menu items include tuna bits, New England clam chowder, Montauk pearl oysters, and fried soft shell crab sandwiches with fries.
When the restaurant reopens on March 23, it will be operating weather-permitting, so be sure to call to confirm their hours before you begin your trek out east. Not sure it’s worth the drive? We’ll leave you with these words from Richard J. Scholem, formerly of The New York Times: “The true spirit of Long Island can be found in places like The Clam Bar.”
Experience it for yourself and we doubt you’ll disagree.
For more information, call The Clam Bar directly at 631.267.6348, or follow them on Facebook here.