Yes, every once in a while we do escape the concrete jungle of NYC and venture out to the suburbs to visit family. Many times they prepare us a wonderful home cooked meal, or do a meatfeast BBQ on the back patio, and then sometimes when the weather gods have given us a great day we decide to head out and dine al fresco by waterside. Sure, I still think the burbs are a Stepford Wives kind of scary place, but I have to admit it is kind of a picturesque scene to have some cocktails and seafood on a deck overlooking sea vessels while the sun settles over the horizon. Such is the case when out on Long Island as we decided to eat outside recently at a spot called The Oar Steak & Seafood Grill over in Patchogue.
It’s a really nice restaurant to have a drink at the open air bar overlooking the marina, or to enjoy dinner and frozen cocktails at an umbrellaed table by the water. Life is good!
There is just something to be said about enjoying a few cold libations and some eats while sitting on a deck checking out the boats motoring by, or fantasizing about the yacht you’ll one day own. Powerball – when will I hit those numbers?
Frozen Razz Ma Tazz Lemonade, Frozen Pina Colada, Baked Clams, Shrimp Cocktail, Salads, Coconut Shrimp, and Catch of the Day special. Just a terrific meal to feast on with a great view while watching the sun go down. Damn, I feel fancy. Like Thurston Howell III on Gilligan’s Island. More champagne, Lovey?
A live band was playing here too over by the outside bar. Very diverse mix of suburbanites gathered here on the Saturday before Labor Day enjoying the perfect weather. Prices are ok for a spot like this, and can be a bit more considering it’s mainly a seafood menu, but that is the going rate for seafood dishes nowadays. Worth it if just for the enjoyful relaxing atmosphere here.
Was pretty busy when we arrived, but after about a 20 minute wait for a table with an umbrella on the outside deck we were seated quickly. No problem, as we grabbed a spot by the large bar off the deck area and enjoyed a few drinks while waiting. Also, they have free valet parking here which is much-needed as the parking lot fills up quickly at dinner time.
They do take reservations and it would be a good idea to make them, especially on weekends. We sauntered on in and lucked out on a late Saturday afternoon without one, but it did get pretty crowded by the time we left and we saw some folks cars being turned away as there was no space left. So glad we got to enjoy a meal here on a perfect day. If ever in the area give them a shot. At least have a cocktail and pretend you own a super yacht docked close by, and regale those around you with outlandish fishing stories.
The Oar Steak & Seafood Grill – http://www.theoar.com/ordereze/default.aspx