For me, winter means red wine and hearty meals in big cozy restaurants with fireplaces and cappuccino endings. Although all of those things are wonderful, summer never comes soon enough! The first thing I want to do when the weather gets nice, is find a seat in the sun where I can enjoy a fun frozen cocktail and scrumptious seafood.
You would not think it would be such a feat to find a place like this on the South Shore of Long Island, considering we are surrounded by beaches and water, but it is. Luckily, I was recently introduced to Kingston's Clam Bar, with seasonal service from April to September that offers everything I would expect from a summer spot and more.
Jeff Gagnon, who has owned the restaurant for the last seven years, has been doing an incredible job keeping the fun in the sun at Kingston's with his friendly staff and beautiful waterfront view. Gagnon has also made an exceptional new edition to his staff this season by hiring head chef Stewart Allan. Although some of the much loved and known items remain on the menu, Allan has kicked it up a notch with innovative and fresh dishes that have been flying out of the kitchen.
Some of the new speciality items to try are the lobster, shrimp and scallop ceviche and the tuna tyziki, which is seared Tuna steak crusted with sesame seeds and served with a Greek-style lime and honey yogurt sauce. All of the seafood is bought fresh daily from Kingston's Wholesale Seafood, located right next door.
Some of the other must try items are the lobster roll, the Tuna Tartar, the Pan Seared Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and the Fish Tacos. If you are a cheesecake lover, you will be thrilled to know they serve the famous and much sought after Junior's Cheesecakes as well as their own homemade desserts.
Don't be thrown off by the gourmet food served on paper plates. It actually seems to add to the outdoor ambiance and makes you feel like you are in your own backyard, if you were lucky enough to have such a gorgeous view.
Also, for all of the boat owners, you can dock for free right up to the face of the restaurant. Even better they will serve you boat side, a first of any restaurant I have been to with available docking.
If you live in Sayville or frequently visit this charming little village you most likely have heard of Kingston's Clam Bar. But if you have not, or just have never had the chance to stop in, it is my recommendation to put it on your list of summer restaurants to try. You will not be disappointed.
Kingston's Clam Bar is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They do not take reservations.