The signature restaurant of the Allegria Hotel, Atlantica’s chic design and gourmet New American menu have made it a favorite among locals. Open year-round. 80 West Bwy., Long Beach, allegriahotelny.com
Located in the heart of the Central Mall, this new sit-down American restaurant that opened in 2018 is the more upscale casual dining option across the boardwalk from the beach’s main snackbar. 2600 Ocean Pkwy., Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, restaurantji.com
Despite the name, there is no gambling at this lone restaurant in the easternmost community on Fire Island, but there is plenty of great American eats to go with the unobstructed view of the waves crashing on the beach. Open early May through late September. Take the ferry from Patchogue to get there. 1 Trustees Walk, Davis Park, casinocafefireisland.com
Technically, this isn’t a sit-down restaurant, but the Ditch Witch may be the most famous food truck on Long Island, and its prime real estate at the Montauk surfing hot spot is second only to the amazing eats, ranging from breakfast burritos and salads to sandwiches and great coffee. Open mid-May through late September. 9-, 23 Ditch Plains Rd, Montauk.
This exclusive resort does have some availability for the public to make reservations at its restaurant, but club members make for stiff competition for a spot. Open early May through late September. 379 Dune Rd, Westhampton Beach, dunedeckclub.com
Gatsby on The Ocean
This recently opened art deco-style eatery is reminiscent of a bygone era. The kitchen is led by Andrew Helliwell, a classically trained executive chef who blends his deep culinary experience in restaurant and catering functions with eclectic menu creation. 2000 Ocean Parkway in Wantagh, Jones Beach State Park, gatsbyontheocean.com.
Hurricane’s Bar & Grill
Although it doesn’t offer a direct view of the ocean, this cozy poolside American bistro is just steps from the oceanfront beach. Open May through September. Take the ferry from Bay Shore to get there. 25 Cayuga Walk, Ocean Bay Park, fireislandhotel.com
The Lobster Roll
This must-stop roadside seafood spot for those heading to and from Montauk is close enough to the ocean that patrons can smell it, although the Atlantic is not visible from this eatery known for its eponymous menu highlight. Reopened in March. 1980 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett, lobsterroll.com
Serving up light New American bites and sharing plates with a side of amazing views is this chic lounge with menu options ranging from oysters and crab cake sliders to their surf-and-turf roll and fish tacos. Open year-round. 80 West Bwy., Long Beach, allegriahotelny.com
This restaurant on the oceanfront at Tobay Beach replaced what was previously known as The Ocean Club. Tobay Beach, Ocean Parkway, Massapequa.
Maliblue Oyster Bar
Delicious food, adult beverages served in fish bowls, live music, and dancing combine for a perfect place to kick back. Opens May 24. 1500 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach, maliblueoysterbar.com
Rip Tides 11561
Debuting in 2016 right on the Long Beach boardwalk, this surf shack-style eatery is as casual as it is colorful with a beach fare menu ranging from classics such as clam strips and BBQ burgers to inventive avocado BLT tacos and Philly cheesesteak egg rolls. 1 Edwards Blvd., Long Beach, facebook.com/pg/RIPTIDES11561
Sand Castle on The Ocean
Executive Chef Noelle Grant serves up innovative and delicious culinary creations drawn from a wide variety of cuisines with an emphasis on seafood in this LGBT resort community. Reopens May 10. Take the ferry from Sayville to get there. 106 Lewis Walk, Cherry Grove, fireislandsandcastle.com
This new popular seaside grill specializes in live music, frozen drinks, and a menu offering healthy eats as well as pub fare. Bonus for parents: It has a playground! Reopened May 3. Free entry to park after 5 p.m. 100 Ocean Pkwy, Babylon, saltshackny.com
This surf shack lives up to its name, but is more than just a typical beach concession stand. This bar and grill has an outdoor seating area in the sand, full bar, live music, and stays open late. Although it doesn’t have ocean views, it’s close enough to hear the waves. Take the ferry from Bay Shore to get there. Open May to September. Building 1, Atlantique, facebook.com/theshackatlantique
Technically, this isn’t a restaurant, this is a food truck market where patrons can scoop up a wide array of mobile eats ranging from smoothies and salads to kosher deli fare and pulled pork, but unlike most food truck spots, oceanfront picnic-table seating is
available. 1 Riverside Blvd, Long Beach.
The Sloppy Tuna
Come for the burgers, wraps, and crab cake sandwiches for lunch, stay for the nightlife and inventive cocktails, such as the chum bucket. 148 S Emerson Ave, Montauk, lisloppytuna.
Tiki Joe’s Smith Point
The menu offers a range of burgers, some with an island flare, as well as salads, pastas, apps, and, of course, lobster rolls. Wash it all down with their signature mixed drink, the shark attack at dawn. Opens May 17. 1 William Floyd Pkwy., Shirley, tikijoesbeachclub.com
Tiki Joe’s Cupsogue
The menu here offers a different lineup than their Smith Point location. Reopens May 24. 906 Dune Rd., Westhampton, tikijoesbeachclub.com
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the recently opened Gatsby on the Ocean and remove The Landing at Jones Beach, which closed.