There aren’t a lot of exceptional places to eat on Long Island’s North Fork. Most people come out to the area to cruise the wineries, but we like it for its low key, laid back, still mostly-rural atmosphere.
The place with the best prepared seafood is the unassuming Seafood Barge in Southold. It harks back to the kinds of family restaurants I remember as a kid. The only thing that’s missing is the relish tray. Tables are spread apart far enough so that you have lots of privacy. The decor is seafood kitsch and a large window looks out at a marina. The only jarring note is the persistent hum of canned music in the background. But that’s made up for in part by the friendly but very efficient wait staff.
We ordered locally caught cod and swordfish that wasn’t reeled in by local fishermen. Both were superb though on Chowhound there have been some dissatisfied customers. Unlike many swordfish preparations, this one was moist, flavorful and fork tender. My cod was delicious and accompanied by nicely prepared green beans and potatoes. For starters, we ordered Manhattan clam chowder that was chock full of clams. It was simply some of the best chowder I’ve ever eaten.
Despite its homey atmosphere, the Seafood Barge isn’t cheap. Main courses run just under $30 so by the time you’re done with wine and dessert, this can be an expensive night out.
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