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Informal Lobster Restaurant Near NYC

diamond Jul 10, 2002 09:44 PM

Can anyone recommend a restaurant within 1 or 1 ½ hour’s drive of NYC that meets the following criteria?

- Excellent fresh lobsters, simply steamed
- Informal atmosphere
- Waterside location
- Outdoor dining preferred

Proximity to a beach would be an added plus.

Thanks to all.

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    The Fat Guy RE: diamond Jul 10, 2002 10:03 PM

    Jordan Lobster Farms in Island Park (Long Island) now runs a casual lobster bar (Memorial Day thru Labor Day).

    They have lobsters, other seafood, sandwiches, chowders, and more. All priced reasonably too.

    It's extremely close to Nassau's south-shore beaches (Long Beach, Lido Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Jones Beach).

    Link: http://www.jordanlobsterfarms.com

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      christina z RE: diamond Jul 11, 2002 08:26 AM

      Moby's in Highlands, NJ at the drawbridge. It's a big shack on the water with a deck on top. You order at the window - lobsters, steamers, clams on the halfshell, softshells, etc., etc. It's pretty much cooked to order. They call your number when it's ready. You take your tray up on the roof making sure to nab plenty of napkins on the way. It's breezy up there and the view is really nice. (BTW, they also sell wine and beer.)
      And it's across the way from Sandy Hook so it's a good place to stop on the way to or from the beaches.

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        diamond RE: diamond Jul 11, 2002 06:43 PM

        Christina, Fat Guy, thanks. For completeness, I've received these suggestions elsewhere: City Island, Freeport LI, Steve's Pier 1 (Bayville), Abbott's (CT -- too far), and the original Jordan's in Brooklyn.

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          Tatyana Gourov RE: diamond Jul 12, 2002 09:37 AM

          Do not go to Steve's Pier One. It's a horrible overpriced tourist trap.

        2. meatme RE: diamond Aug 10, 2006 04:05 AM

          Came across this today during a search.

          Any updates?

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            Dim Sum Diva RE: diamond Aug 10, 2006 12:46 PM

            I was always a proponent of City Island when others turned their noses up. A visit there a couple of weeks ago made me a non-believer. Traffic stinks, parking is impossible, every where you look it's filth, the food is way, way overpriced and frankly, nothing to write home about.

            As mentioned before in another post, I like Ebb Tide in Port Chester. It's as close to a decent "lobster shack" as we're going to get in Westchester.

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