Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Waterfront, Seafood Restaurants

Huntington Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar
Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar epitomises all that’s great about downtown Huntington.

One of the perks of living on Long Island is the wide selection of waterfront restaurants that offer beautiful views with every meal, but some seaside establishments stand out from the crowd.

Among those that are a must-see is Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar in Huntington, which won Best Restaurant with a Water View on Long Island for the third year in a row in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. The same goes for Anchor Down Bar and Grill, which overlooks East Bay in Merrick and won the Best Seafood Restaurant on Long Island category in that competition for the past two years.

At Prime, diners arrive by land and sea for the surf ‘n turf, a la carte selections, raw bar favorites, mizu sushi, steaks and chops as well as hand-made desserts. The trendy upscale restaurant, located on New York Avenue just north of downtown Huntington, has dock space available right outside in Huntington Harbor, the scenic waterway that Prime overlooks.

Those who set sail for Anchor Down Bar and Grill will find this casual eatery tucked between a marina, yacht club and two other waterfront restaurants hidden among a residential neighborhood at the end of Whaleneck Drive in southern Merrick. Customers will be hooked on the oyster selection, the mussels in Thai coconut curry, the fried calamari and shrimp sautéed in hot peppers, basil and marinara sauce, and they go over the deep end for the Garlic Panko Crusted Sole simmered in white wine.

Together, these two offer the best of both worlds for local waterfront restaurants. Prime is near one of LI’s most popular downtown strips and has stunning views of the Long Island Sound on the North Shore of Suffolk County. And at Anchor, patrons are treated to a hidden gem with stunning vistas found on the South Shore of Nassau County.

Why not try them both?

Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar is located at 117 New York Ave. in Huntington. For reservations call 631-385-1515. For more information visit restaurantprime.com

Anchor Down Bar and Grill is located at 1960 Bayberry Ave. in Merrick. For reservations call 516-544-4334. For more information visit anchordownny.com

The Bethpage Best of Long Island program is currently accepting nominations online for he 2018 contest. To nominate your favorite business click here.