When the warm weather hits, we are drawn to the beach. One other ocean-inspired pursuit we like to indulge in every summer: a casual dinner of golden fried seafood.
Here are three can’t-miss spots to hit before (and after) Labor Day.
154 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck; 914.630.4790
For the freshest seafood, you must head to the fish market. Harbour Fish & Company is primarily a take-out establishment, but that’s not a problem because scenic Harbor Island Park is just a stone’s throw away.
You can find whatever you’re craving from the sea here, from lobster rolls to Cajun-seasoned bags of steamed crab legs, but the favorite is the fried fish sandwiches. The flounder is flaky and crisp without being oily, served on a bed of crisp lettuce, sandwiched into a Kaiser roll slathered with dreamy homemade tartar sauce.
755 Pelham Rd, New Rochelle; 914.636.5503
Summer is not complete without enjoying a meal on the patio at this timeless roadside eatery steeped in nostalgia. (That it happens to be on a busy street across from a gas station, only emphasizes the laidback, greasy-spoon atmosphere.)
There are classic menu offerings that scream of the season — hot dogs and hamburgers contribute to its reputation as Greasy Nick’s — but, when it comes to ordering, the name says it all. Golden, fried, breaded clams strips are crispy and succulent. Pair them with french fries or corn on the cob drenched in melted butter.
560 North Ave, New Rochelle; 914.632.7373
Soul food is pure comfort at this restaurant, where the rich, creamy mac ’n’ cheese is award-winning; the northern mustard greens are scrumptiously nourishing; and the yams are made with Tahitian vanilla bean. A few stools are the only form of seating (they’re great for people watching, but you may need to take your order to-go if they’re full).
In either case, the legendary Buffalo fried shrimp are divine — flawlessly cooked and utterly juicy. Battered with a light, crispy coating and served piping hot, they’re tossed with a vibrant, tangy sauce and finished with a sprinkling of black sesame seeds.
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