Monday, May 18, 2015

The Clam Bar at Napeague

The Clam Bar is an outdoor casual restaurant with the freshest seafood you'll find on the East End. Sit under an umbrella and soak in the atmosphere, listen to golden oldies, enjoy a bowl of clam chowder or dig into a fresh local lobster. There is no better place to eat fresh local steamers or fresh local clams, while letting the sand dry on your feet. Situated on the side of the Napeague stretch in Montauk, daily specials are available with a great selection of fresh fish.

On our way back home from Montauk, we were told we had to stop at the Lobster Roll for lunch.  We pulled up, and though an "Open" sign was prominent, the doors were closed and it looked dark inside.  There was a guy working on his truck in the parking lot, so we asked him if the place was open. He said "No - not until Memorial Day weekend."  So, we turned around and right across the street is the Clam Bar.  We could see people dining at the outdoor tables, and decided to give them a shot instead.

The server immediately sat us and showed us the daily specials.  The wind was strong and chilly, so I wanted a bowl of Lobster Bisque to start.  It was very creamy and had sparse bits of lobster meat in it. But, it tasted good.

Keith saw the special of Steamed Topnecks, and had to order it.  These are the larger clams, and looked so alien with these little tail/tongue/penis things sticking out. (?!?)  I tried a few clams, but they were too mushy for me.  I think I prefer the Littlenecks better, where there is actual chew to the meat.  Keith enjoyed these Topnecks dipped in salt water and butter, with just a squirt of lemon.

Lastly, we shared a Lobster Salad Roll.  This is the cold version made with mayo, as opposed to the warm version that is served with melted butter.  It was loaded with quality lobster meat and the mayo was light, allowing the lobster to shine through.  There was a little bit of diced celery for extra crunch.  The sandwich totally hit the spot, and was a great last bite for our short visit to Montauk.

If you need a lunch pit stop before or after you arrive in main downtown Montauk, give the Clam Bar a chance.  The casual vibe is all about the fresh seafood, and the prices are much more reasonable than what you'd find at most restaurants in town.  The Clam Bar is open April to November, noon until dark, and you can dine in or take out.

Total Rating: 3.85
Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 3, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 5

What I ate:
Lobster Bisque

Steam Topnecks

Lobster Salad Roll

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