Seafood Barge, Southold, NY
Went to Seafood Barge a few weeks ago and thought the food was terrific. The service was slow, the place was cramped, but the food was good. The tuna tartare was one of the best we've had. Lots of nice asian flavors. The fried calamari, another winner as was the new england clam chowder.
The fried fishes were top notch...especially the fish and chips.
Desserts were nothing special.
Don't know if it's worth another drive this Summer from Quogue, but if you are in the area I would recommend, especially for their fried fish.
I just went there for lunch yesterday. My wife had the seared tuna, and it was still excellent. I had the special, a wolf fish and again the sauce was wonderful. My parents had the swordfish, and it was a typical swordfish steak, exactly what they like.
The view on the marina was beautiful, and the lunch prices were fine. (<$20 for most meals, including the specials)
We had no complaints with our service, but as we were there late for lunch, for most of our meal we were the only table seated.
They do have an unopened bottle of a local wine on each table, and serve local wines by the glass. We found that fitting, since it is in the wine region.
During the week they close from 3-5. I would strongly recommend the seafood barge for lunch (before 3) when you are in the area for wine tasting.
I always felt that the Barge was mediocre with higher pricing than most other places. One interesting thing is that whenever you try to order the less expensive bottles of wine, that they are out of stock, and they steer you to a pricier bottle.
For good seared tuna and wasabi potatoes, try the Cooperage.
Yes, they are SO pushy about their wines; they used to leave a (n unopened) bottle on every table which I think is more than a little tacky! Have only been to Cooperage once, for their early bird menu which featured a very good meat loaf. Their EB special offers decent, if unexciting, food for a good price and service is low-key and unpretentious..just the opposite of the Barge.
They have been living on a NY Times review years ago. I had one great meal there, a seared tuna accompanied by a exquisite salsa type sauce - outstanding. Since then I've been disappointed a couple times and won't spend the time or money again to check them out. My limit is 2 unsatisfactory visits though they may have pulled themselves up and it was a number of years ago.
I agree. I have liked the tuna, wasabi potatoes and, especially, the lobster in past years but have crossed them off my list for now. For me, this place lacks "soul" or any sense of warmth and I have had several bad experiences with the service....alternatively very pushy and clueless, often at the same time. I will not return until I hear that things have improved.