Folks enjoy a casual meal at Clam Bar in Amagansett. (Shutterstock)

When it comes to Long Island summer activities, few can compete with enjoying the island’s many seafood shacks, which can range from bare-bones walk-up affairs, to boardwalk oases of waterfront al fresco dining.

Spending a leisurely hour or two over some aquatic delights like mussels, lobster rolls, clam chowder and fried shrimp — and maybe even some ice-cold beer and cocktails — is truly one of the can’t-miss LI summer experiences.

Whether you’re in Nassau County, central Suffolk County or the East End, there are a multitude of appealing seafood shack options. Here are 10 recommendations:

Bigelow’s Fried Clams
When a seafood joint has been wowing customers since 1939 and isn’t even on the water, you know it’s good. The fried clams and chowders are simply superb. 79 North Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre, 516-678-3878, bigelows-rvc.com

Butler’s Flat
You get great seafood and ambiance with little pretense at this waterfront shack at Capri Marina West. 86 Orchard Beach Blvd., Port Washington, 516-883-8330, butlersflat.com

Clam Bar
This summer-only shack welcomes endless Hamptons-bound passersby, where magical lobster rolls and Montauk Pearl oysters rejuvenate. 2025 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, 631-267-6348, clambarhamptons.com

Clam Bar at Bridge Marine
Looking for one of those true hidden gems? This small offering of covered tables and an open-air bar keep the locals happy all summer long. 40 Ludlam Ave., Bayville, 516-628-8688, bridgemarinesales.com/index.php/clam-bar

Flo’s Famous Luncheonette
This classic shack-and-picnic-table eatery has been going strong since 1926, just a block away from Corey Beach. 302 Middle Rd., Blue Point, 888-356-7864, flosfamous.com

Kingston’s Clam Bar
Relaxing outdoor tables and divine seafood creations await at this superb shack overlooking a boat basin. 130 Atlantic Ave., West Sayville, 631-589-0888, kingstonsclam.com

Lobster Roll
Don’t miss the signature item at this Hamptons classic, recently featured in The Affair. 1980 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, 631-267-3740, lobsterroll.com

Nicky’s Clam Bar
One of the added perks of taking the Fire Island Ferry from Bay Shore. Be sure to hit Nicky’s before you board. 99 Maple Ave., Bay Shore, 631-665-6621, nickysclambar.com

Point Lookout Clam Bar
This spot’s stellar waterfront view of Reynolds Channel and top-notch, ultra-fresh seafood are reasons enough to journey on the Loop Parkway. 99 Bayside Dr., Point Lookout, 516-897-4024, pointlookoutclambar.com

The Shack
Not big on ambiance, but this favorite among bikers and all other walks of 25A cruisers is a North Shore institution. 1 Stony Hollow Rd., #1734, Centerport, 631-754-8989, theshack25a.com

 

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