Summer’s not over yet. Get your boat out and drop anchor at these waterfront eateries from Orient Point to Riverhead.
Duryea’s Orient Point, Orient
With its airy Mediterranean vibe overlooking Gardiner’s Bay, this is the North Fork branch of Montauk’s famed seafood restaurant. Expect extravagant shared platters at Hamptons prices, from their Orient Tower (oysters, snow crab claws, jumbo shrimp, clams and tuna tartar, $125), watermelon salad ($31), huge shared plates of lobster pasta or lobster cobb salad (both $88), Mediterranean spreads ($29) and crudité platters ($38). Wash it down with Duryea’s own Provence style rosé. Be prepared to wait, as Duryea’s is first-come, first-serve, even for one of the 20 dockage slips, and don’t show up in just your swimsuit. It’s more country club fancy than country casual. Note that their season ends by Sept. 12, and could wrap up as early as Sept. 6.
40200 Main Road, Orient. Closed Tuesday.
Porto Bello, Greenport
Every seat in this Italian eatery, located in Brewer’s Yacht Yard in Greenport, has a view of Stirling Harbor, but between its wrap-around outdoor deck, accented by palms and bright yellow umbrellas, and its menu — sweet pea and crab risotto, $38; smoked salmon and Panzanella salad, $24, calamari frito $24, prosciutto Carpaccio with baby arugula, lemon, figs, balsamic glaze, $21 — you’ll feel like you’re in Positano, not Greenport. Enjoy their signature sips like Bello Spritz (vodka, cardamom syrup, lemon and sparkling rose) or Port Side Collins (gin, muddled cucumber & rosemary, citrus and aperetivo). Happy hour is 4 p.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays and there is live music Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. Contact Safe Harbor Marina to check on available slips (631-477-0828).
1410 Manhanset Ave., Greenport. Closed Wednesday.
Decidedly low-key with an expansive view of the Peconic Bay, boaters enjoy the ample slip space available at this chill eatery adjacent to Port of Egypt marina. The kitchen is known for unfussy, mouth-watering dishes like Aussie lamb chops ($29) or lobster ravioli served with cognac cream sauce, shrimp and scallops on the side ($38) for dinner, and for lunch lighter bites like their tuna crunch (sashimi style tuna on crispy wontons, $19), perfectly battered fish and chips, peach caprese salad ($28) and steamed PEI mussels, sautéed in a heavenly lobster-pesto-tomato broth (which you’ll want to take home, $19). Waypoint also wins points for mixing refreshingly tart cocktails like the Raspberry Buck, made from ginger beer, grey goose, muddled raspberry, and the Peconic Paloma, Casamigos reposado, grapefruit, lemon and agave. Hours are: Sunday-Thursday 12-10pm, Friday & Saturday 12-11pm.
400 Old Main Road, Southold. Closed Monday.
A Lure Chowder House & Oysteria, Southold
If you’re a fan of A Mano in Mattituck, Passionfish in Westhampton Beach or Jedediah Hawkins in Jamesport, you’ll also love this Port of Egypt fish and chowder haunt. Chef Tom Schaudel and restaurateur Adam Lovett serve favorites like their Baja style fish tacos ($15), macadamia-coconut crusted flounder with key lime beurre blanc, green beans and sweet potato puree ($30), roasted beet salad with blood orange vinaigrette and local goat cheese ($13) and simply grilled whole sea bass or catch of the day (market price). The joint gets hopping on weekend nights, so reserve your slip ahead of time.
62300 Main Road, Southold. Closed Tuesday.
On the Docks Waterfront Bar & Grill, Aquebogue
With a bar that stays open until 11 p.m. daily and reasonably priced specials like sesame seared tuna with Siracha aioli on coconut-lemongrass black rice, pan seared salmon with ratatouille puree and chive oil and blackened swordfish topped with mango salsa, no wonder this dockside restaurant overlooking Lighthouse Marina is always raging. Even their staples seem a little extra, like shrimp skewers over rice, with your choice of teriyaki, sweet & spicy or bourbon glaze ($ 12.95), steamed clams in a spicy Cajun broth served with garlic bread ($14.95) and their waterfront burger, topped with Asiago cheese, portabella mushrooms and arugula with Siracha mayo ($14.95) — but their prices and vibe aren’t. Call ahead of time (631-886-1160) to have a staff member tie up your boat.
Meeting House Road, Aquebogue. Open daily.
Barely a year old, situated at Strong’s Water Club, this farm-to-table, culinary hot spot is drawing customers by land and by sea. Favorites include buttermilk fried chicken sandwich ($18), jerk shrimp with quinoa, cashews, mushrooms and arugula ($32), Crescent farm duck breast with carrots, broccoli rabe in a port reduction ($36), wedge salad with bacon, tomatoes, chives and blue cheese dressing ($14), lobster guacamole with homemade chips ($26) and truffle parmesan fries ($9). Their wine menu features local favorites like Paumanok’s petite verdot, Bedell’s malbec, Macari’s rosé and Croteaux’s sparkling cuvee merlot. Plus their peaceful waterside bar serves drinks including a strawberry frozé and the types of libations only a seasoned mixologist can concoct, like I Forgot O, a blend of dark rum, Mr. Black, vanilla bean, cocoa, cream, cinnamon and egg whites. Cheers. Reservations aren’t required, but recommended. Contact Strong’s Water Club and Marina to book a slip.
2255 Wickham Ave., Mattituck. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Case’s Place, New Suffolk
Pull up to their pier at the New Suffolk Waterfront for fare that’s bound to please the whole family after a day of cruising the Peconic Bay. Case’s variety of seafood baskets include fried clams, scallops, local oysters and fish in a crunchy batter, served with fries and tartar sauce ($18). There are also burgers of all stripes served on a brioche bun, from fresh ground beef double 4.oz patties ($15), to lamb served with feta cheese and tzatziki sauce ($16) to their Bimini burger, made of fried scallops, Swiss cheese and bacon with tartar sauce ($15); as well as soft-shell crabs ($16) and mac and cheese ($6). Docking is first-come, first-serve at this flip-flop friendly spot by New Suffolk Beach.
650 First Street, New Suffolk. Closed Monday.
Turkuaz Grill, Riverhead
Whether you’re boating along the river or stopping by the aquarium, dock your boat in downtown Riverhead and sample the Turkish delights of Turkuaz Grill. If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern cuisine, you’ll love the authentic seasoning of classic dishes like lamb shish kebab and gyro kebabs ($16.95), kofte, or Turkish meatballs ($11.99), doner, or what Greeks call gyros ($14.95). This spot also serves the best stuffed grape leaves I’ve ever had ($5.95), carrot salad with garlic, turmeric, olive oil and yogurt ($6.50) and a falafel appetizer featuring lightly pan-fried chickpea, topped with tahini sauce on a bed of hummus that’s a far cry from store-bought brands ($8.95). Don’t worry, they also have more basic fare for the kids, from chicken fingers to mozzarella sticks. After dinner, treat yourself to Turkish wine or coffee, a dark, dense brew, and Kadayif, a traditional dessert made from shredded wheat dough, drenched in walnuts and honey syrup.
40 McDermott Ave., Riverhead. Closed Tuesday.