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Jul 9, 2013 10:11 AM

Seafood towns close to NYC?

I'd like to drive to a town that has good seafood for a long weekend getaway. Does anyone have recommendations? Maine is way too far for me. I've heard that Rhode Island might be a decent option? The closer to NYC, the better (I hate driving).

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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    1. re: MRS

      Thank you! Is CT known for its seafood? Or is this just a good seafood restaurant that happens to be in CT..? Just asking bc I'd like to spend a few days there and eat at several places while I'm in the area.

    2. Freeport Long Island
      Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn

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      1. re: Motosport

        I never considered Long Island for seafood. Will look into it. Thanks!

        1. re: Motosport

          I think Sheepshead Bay or Freeport are good day trips, not for a getaway weekend. I was at Jordan's the other day in Sheepshead Bay for a lobster roll, a good spot that's reasonable.
          For weekend seafood, Anywhere from Fire island and East.
          Including Amagansett, East hampton and montauk. I love the Clam Bar right on 27 between Amagansett and Montauk. Sag Harbor was an old whaling town, nice for weekend. Or Shelter island.
          Newport RI is not a long ride and Scales and Shells is a great seafood restaurant.
          Atlantic City is on the shore and you can find something to eat from the sea. Or drive further to Maryland ( another hour and half) for great Maryland Crabcakes.

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            If in the Hamptons, for good seafood, go to Dave's in Montauk ($$$$) or Vine St Cafe in Shelter Island. Many of the other places are just not that good, overpriced, crowded, trafficey to get there and so on

            1. re: dyrewolf

              Hey dyrewolf, I have a house on Shelter Island and spend pretty much every weekend out there. I wouldn't call Vine Street a seafood place, it's more of a high-end bistro. I would try 18 Bay which serves a really lovely tasting menu with most of the ingredients farmed or fished locally, or Clark's Fish House for strictly seafood (not expensive), or Commander Cody's seafood and rib shack for down and dirty and good.

              1. re: strangemd

                I would not disagree with the categorization as a bistro... but when out east as I am a lot as well, I am generally disappointed in most places and regularly pleased by Vine St. I will have to put those recs on my list and give a try.

                Dave is great but way overpriced. Gosman's is thumbs down, etc....

          1. re: alkonost

            I'm looking for something outside of the city so that I can make it a mini-vacation, but thank you. I have been to City Island and their seafood is decent.

          2. The Hamptons and Montauk, although on a weekend the traffic will be horrendous unless you go around 6AM.

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              1. re: Motosport

                Good suggestion, but I dislike public transportation even more than driving. Not being snobby, just lazy.

                1. re: Flower8

                  Hampton Jitney is very comfortable and leaves from various locations in Manhattan.

                  1. re: Flower8

                    If you're lazy... take the train. The Jitney is in the same traffic as a car though you can sit and read, the train just roll. On Fridays there is a 4PM that doesn't even need a transfer in Jamaica and a 7PM sunday (from East Hampton) that is the reverse express (Canonball)

                    1. re: dyrewolf

                      The Jitney is more comfy, and more private for literature and a flask.

                      1. re: Veggo

                        Sit in the reserved cars on The Cannonball... if you don't have a helicopter or jet it is the best ride out east on a Friday afternoon. (though last friday I made it in under 2 hours. I was one of the few suckers that had to work so there was no one on the road

                        1. re: dyrewolf

                          Wolf, I'm taking copious notes for when my aircraft are in for scheduled maintenance...:)

                          1. re: Veggo

                            The train is packed so if you're not in reserved it is uncivilized. This is the first year it goes direct from Penn, you used to be able to go to Hunterpoint Ave in Queens and get on the train that everyone would transfer onto at Jamaica.. it pulled out of Hunterspoint pretty full... Jamaica was a zoo. Reserved ends up being a nearly $50 seat... but I have boarded with a book and a bottle and it has been well worth it.

                            There is a 7PM that is fast too on the way out.

                            Sunday the reverse Canonball is a good plan if you're far east. By the time it gets to South it is pretty full.

                            But good to have a plan if your jet is getting an oil change (ha)

                            1. re: dyrewolf

                              Your "book and a bottle" works on train or airplane. Cheers!

                              1. re: dyrewolf

                                "uncivilized" - ? What, are you like, the Queen reduced to travelling with the unwashed commoners?

                  2. re: coll

                    Interesting. I've always wanted to visit the Hamptons. Thanks for the tip on traffic.

                    1. re: Flower8

                      It's sort of cool to go when the sun is coming up, and you can just breeze into town.

                  3. I spend a lot of time on the CT shoreline. If you look at the towns starting east of New Haven in Branford and going east until you hit the CT River in Saybrook, you will find a string of coastal villages. Classic NE look with big town greens and white church steeples with lots of seafood dining options. Everything from clam shacks to classic french. Lots of local seafood such as oysters, clams, lobster, stripers. Its about 2 hours even on a Friday night. You don't need to go as far as RI and its less crowded than the east end of LI. Suits me, but YMMV.

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                    1. re: Bkeats

                      Thank you so much. This sounds like exactly what I am looking for! Do you have any favorite locations or bed and breakfast suggestions?

                      1. re: Flower8

                        If you want recommendations, ask on the southern NE board. Otherwise the moderators will probably just move the responses anyways. Check the board out and you will find lots of suggestions for seafood.

                        1. re: Bkeats

                          There are a few recs below, but I will check out the NE board to ask about B&B's. Thx!

                          1. re: Flower8

                            Here is a recent thread about clam shacks in CT.


                            As to a place to stay, I haven't stayed there but I've been told that the Linden Point in Stony Creek is nice. Stony Creek is a picturesque water front village.

                            I won't start the same war that would happen on the CT board, but I think Pepe's is highly overrated. If you want pizza, there are better places that don't have the same wait.

                            1. re: Bkeats

                              Thank you! I love specific tips. Also, that thread has my mouth watering. I can't wait to try some of them out.