The North Fork of Long Island has been my family’s beach spot for over 30 years. Still, the suddenly chic spit of land 100 miles east of New York City still has a few surprises. The Southold Fish Market is very much a family shop slinging fresh scallops, flounder, and clams. But if you want some really local shellfish, don’t even bother driving home to cook your catch. This seafood shop has a take-out menu (and dockside seating) to die for.
I cannot recommend anything other than the Scallop BLT wrap ($12.95) because—having eaten here twice in 24 hours on a recent family weekend—I’ve only ordered this one thing. Heaps of tender sweet deep-fried scallops are wrapped with crisp, deeply salty bacon, cool lettuce, and juicy tomatoes. Others tucked into simple seafood salads chockablock full of lobster, shrimp, and crab barely dressed with mayo and lemon. Shoestring fries and coleslaw complete this decidedly summer meal.
You can BYOB at a few picnic tables overlooking the marina where Tom Colicchio has been spotted getting fishing supplies at the neighboring Port of Egypt. I don’t know if Tom himself could improve on this fresh seasonal fare.
Southold Fish Market, 61850 Main Rd., Southold, NY, (631) 765-3200.
Charlotte Savino is the online listings editor at Travel + Leisure.