My wife and I had a great day on long island Sunday;
the weather was perfect and we did a lot of bike
riding. So naturally we were hungry; and we decided to
stop off in Oyster Bay for dinner on our way home. I'm
glad we did!
The first place we looked at was Fiddlehead Fish
Restaurant, which some of her co-workers (she's a
teacher in East Meadow) had talked about. But it looked
a bit stuffy and overpriced. So we drove on; the next
place we looked at was called Oyster Bar and Grill.
That place didn't look quite right either. So I asked
if we could drive back and take a second look at a Clam
Bar we had driven past on our way into town -- to make
a long story short we did the right thing and ate
there. (It's called the Oyster Bay Clam Bar and it's on
your right as you drive north on route 106 into town).
They have seating indoors, a porch in front with 3
2-person tables, and 2 4-person tables on the sidewalk.
We sat on the porch -- the season for sitting outdoors
is nearly over, and it was a bit chilly, but I just
wanted to soak up what felt like it was going to be
the last really comfortable weather of the year. For
appetizers we had oysters on the 1/2 shell (of course)
-- they were priced quite reasonably at 8.00/half dozen
-- and lobster bisque, which was good but should have
been hot instead of warm. I ordered the mixed seafood
marinara, and was served a plate of pasta and more
shellfish than I think anyone could eat at a sitting --
clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and squid. Ellen
ordered the "Captain's Platter" and got a similarly
humungous dish of clams, mussels, scallops and shrimp
cooked in wine, with a baked potato.
It was all very good; even Ellen, who is still not sure
whether she likes shellfish (besides shrimp), was crazy
about it. And the service was great -- our waiter was
friendly and knew the menu well. When Ellen thought she
might be getting a headache, I asked the bartender if
there was a drugstore nearby; he pulled a bottle of
Advil from behind the counter and gave me one. I'm
going back there sometime soon!