Tucked away in the back pocket of Cottage Avenue in Bay Shore is fatfish Wine Bar & Bistro, a restaurant boasting one of the best water views, and one of the most extensive seafood menus on Long Island.
Open for lunch at 11:30am Monday-Saturday this is a great place to go for a break from the office. Though fatfish offers indoor and outdoor dining, on those fine summer days head out to eat on the deck. Any seat on the deck is a good seat as there are panoramic water views of the Great South Bay at every angle. The outdoor dining area has a canopy so that you won't get roasted by the sun, while still giving patrons the sensation of practically dining in the water.
Fatfish offers extensive lunch and dinner menus with seafood fare, and excellent small plate tapas. Be sure to ask about the specials, as mako shows up on occasion and is a dish you don't want to miss. Bringing in fish from all around the world, this is the place to get a taste of the Maldives, Greece, Costa Rica, and Canada. If you can't get the stamps on your passport, this is the next best thing.
From Wednesday-Sunday head over to the outside bar to enjoy an after dinner cocktail and some live tunes. Live bands start at 6pm Wednesday-Saturday, and 4pm on Sundays. Check the fatfish music calendar to see what bands are on tap; there are about 14 acts that rotate throughout the summer.
With a friendly waitstaff, and the casual vibe at fatfish you should be throwing on your boat shoes and heading over now. Brian Valdini, chef and owner, gave us the inside scoop: soft shell crabs are the special this week and as a perfect way to cure your shark-week-is-over blues, mako is on the menu too.
Fatfish is located at 28 Cottage Ave. in Bay Shore. Open at 11:30 Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner, and dinner all day on Sunday (open at 12pm). For more information visit them online.
Photo: Courtesy of Fatfish