Must-try seafood dishes at Hamptons and North Fork restaurants – Dan’s Papers

With the Feast of the Seven Fishes approaching, a big part of the traditional Italian-American celebration of Christmas Eve, we decided to reach out to Jim Dreeben. We don’t know if he’s Italian, but we do know that as the former owner of Peconic Paddler in Riverhead, Dreeben spends a lot of time in East End waters and often eats seafood. so we asked for his “seven fish” picks. Here they are, with one more for good luck:

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“I usually order the same dish every time because it’s delicious. For example: jerry and the mermaid at Riverhead does Luciano Shinnecock Mussels, with white wine. I’ve had mussels in wine at many restaurants but Jerry makes the best. (This is the first dish my wife ordered many years ago the day we met. I didn’t even know her last name at the time.)

Edgewater at Hampton Bays cooks exceptional dishes Linguini with white clam sauce. This is my favorite dish of all. I usually order it with roasted corn salad (when in season) or seared yellowfin tuna. You can sit inside or outside (weather permitting) with a view of beautiful Shinnecock Bay. You can kayak to Edgewater and take out across the street.

To buoy one in Westhampton I go for the Buckets of Steamers. They also have baskets of oysters and fried clams. Bouy One has more seafood on the menu than most other seafood restaurants. They are open for lunch and dinner. (Buoy One also has a location in Riverhead.)

Spicy on Main Street West at Riverhead is a former restaurant converted into a take-out establishment. They have a few tables to eat. Spicy’s does the best fried oysters east of William Floyd Parkway. They make their own collard greens that are out of this world. Also try their ribs and shrimp, and their roast half chicken is to die for.

Parmesan in Southampton makes a delicious calamari salad it’s so big you can share it with three table mates. It is loaded with rings and squid tentacles. All of their food is delicious, especially the coconut shrimp and linguine in white clam sauce.

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Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue offers Zuppa De Pesce, an Italian-style fish stew with monkfish, cod, sea bass, mussels and prawns. They also serve very tasty grilled octopus as an appetizer.

Rumba on Shinnecock Bay in Hampton Bays serves Seared Ahi Tuna, like sashimi inside and perfectly seared around the edges. Their drinks are awesome; they come in mason jars, or by the pitcher. We sometimes go there by kayak or stand up paddle (in season). You can sit inside or on the deck, weather permitting.

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops is an appetizer to die for 1 Steakhouse North in Hampton Bays. I order it every time: My Meal at 1 Nord: Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Rockefeller Oysters and Steak Tartare, or, sometimes, a great burger with my scallops and a pint.

You may have noticed that I didn’t mention dishes with lobster, crab or shrimp. I am allergic to them. Dining companions ordered lobster, crab, or shrimp from the aforementioned restaurants; they told me they were delicious. I envy them.

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Dino S. Williams