23 Grand Avenue, Shelter Island, NY 11965
Lunch and dinner seven days in peak season. Dinner from 5 p.m. Live music on Saturday in season. Reservations encouraged.
The Chequit is a rambling inn on a slope in Shelter Island Heights. It has a big bar, a patio, and porch on the second floor. You can look out across Dering Harbor from much of the room, which contains a dartboard and a pool table. The menu is tried and true American with Southwestern influence, concentrating on seafood and local fresh produce. There are a roast Long Island duck with citrus melon glaze and several vegetarian options.
3 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
Dinner, Thursday-Sunday, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Shelley Clark, a member of a longtime Shelter Island fishing family, who know all about fish, is managing the restaurant now and added a few new specials to the menu. Beer and wine is available, and kids have a menu of their own.
Smith Street and Midway Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
Call for hours.
Commander Cody's, a year-round fish market with dinners to go and outdoor tables in summer, is off the beaten track. Expect fish that is local and in season, along with fried chicken and ribs. It's not afraid to serve fresh bluefish but it sells smoked fish, too. B.Y.O.B.
185 Bridge Street, Shelter Island, NY 11965
11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays, until 11 p.m. weekends.
The Dory is on the edge of Chase Creek at Dering Harbor, with ducks and swans almost within touching range. It's a great place to escape the summer rush and have simple food at reasonable prices. There is an indoor dining room and bar, but eating on the big deck over the water is the way to go. There are always specials and the menu includes the familiar - calamari, Greenport oysters, burgers, grilled Cowboy steak, mussels, and lots of fresh fish. Jazz on select Sundays.
23 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
Open for dinner, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, 6 p.m., Sunday, 4 p.m., Closed Tuesdays. Reservations needed for 7 or more.
You know it's haute cuisine when recipes include such exotic ingredients as stinging nettles. Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels, the chefs and owners, who have considerable culinary training - he worked with Mario Battali, for example - moved their Bayville restaurant to what had been Planet Bliss on Shelter Island in 2011 and have been getting accolades ever since. The menu is small and changes weekly, in keeping with what is available locally. The island's Sylvester Manor might send over chicory or Tuscan kale. A la carte ordering is possible only in the bar but guests go for the chef's prix fixe dinner, at $65. It has four antipasti which might include house-made chicken and ramps sausage, followed by a pasta, which also is made in-house, and a choice of entree, which might be Hudson Valley duck breast or fluke or sea bass. One night dessert was strawberry-rhubard crostada with buttermilk ice cream. A vegetarian tasting menu is available.
63 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
Friday-Sunday 6 a.m-8:30 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 6 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner later in the season.
The Islander has taken over Pat and Steve's and serves a coffee-shop menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Monday night has burgers said to be too big to finish. Otherwise there are pancakes, sandwiches, steaks, fish, and salads. Drop in to see the mural by Shelter Island's own Catherine Brigham.
27 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
Seasonal. Dinner, Thursday-Sunday from 6 p.m. Breakfast and lunch, Friday-Monday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Kyle, who uses only one name, gained knowledge of various cuisines in her travels and that is reflected in her restaurant's menus. Falafels and Buddha bowls are signatures as are house-made baked items.
81 Shore Road (Crescent Beach), Shelter Island, NY 11965
Seasonal. Late June to Labor Day. Breakfast 8-10:30 a.m., lunch 12:30-3:30 p.m., dinner 6-10 p.m., 10:30 p.m. on weekends. Bar menu served all day. Indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations encouraged.
The 85-year-old Pridwin Beach Hotel , at the end of Crescent Beach, offers fine sunset views and is a mainstay on Shelter Island. The Petry family, father and son, go fishing and provide the restaurant with their catches, and they take advantage of what grows on the North Fork's farms. There's an extensive list of Long Island wines. On Wednesday, there is barbecue and live entertainment; most nights it provides supervised kids movies from 7-9 p.m. while parents dine. The Pridwin Lounge is popular for drinks, including cocktails with infused liquors and syrups. Boaters are welcome.
108 Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, NY 11965
Seasonal. Dinner, Wednesday-Monday 5-9 p.m., Saturday lunch 11:30 a.m.-3p.m., Sunday brunch, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
This romantic, somewhat formal inn has lawns and gardens spreading down a hill toward the water, trees with swings, and a long veranda where you can enjoy a drink in the summer. In winter, there are fires on the hearth to keep away the chill. Brunch, which offers everything from crab cakes to omelettes to rich desserts, is popular. The menu changes with the seasons. Reservations very much encouraged. Sunday night jazz in summer.
184 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island Heights, 11965
Seven days, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Although Reddings is a market, with groceries, it has an upscale menu including fennel mint soup and strawberry lemonade, which get high marks. Pastries, munchies, sandwiches, and lobster rolls can be taken out or eaten at outside tables with a water view.
17 Grand Avenue, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday till 5 p.m.
Year round, and in the heart of Shelter Island Heights, Stars Cafe is a small, friendly, casual cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Smoothies, a juice bar, and in-house roasted organic coffee are featured. Its local husband-and-wife owners are committed to homemade ingredients, whether in American or Latin dishes. Smoothies, organic juices, and the cafe's own roasted coffee are featured, along with desserts and warm pastries baked daily on the premises. In the warm months, the building's lower level becomes an ice cream shop.
35 Shore Road, Shelter Island, NY 11965
Monday-Thursday, breakfast 8 a.m.-noon, lunch noon-3 p.m., dinner 6-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, breakfast 8 a.m-noon, lunch noon-4 p.m., dinner 5:30-11:30 p.m., Sunday, breakfast 8 a.m.-noon, lunch noon-4 p.m., dinner 5:30-10:30 p.m. Modified menu available between lunch and dinner.
The restaurant, part of one of the hotels owned by Andre Balasz, is on the very edge of Crescent Beach on Shelter Island with an unimpeded water view. It is built on three stepped rooftops and looks as if it has been scooped up by a tornado. The first rooftop is a bar, which is always open late, usually to 4 a.m. on weekends. The next step is a dining room with a roof but no sides, and the last step, literally in the treetops, is a deck topped only by strings of lanterns. The menu tends toward the South of France, with bouillabaisse, grilled lobster, filet mignon au poive, and moules frites. The place is fairly expensive: steak frites is $44, and a plate of crudités is $28.
15 Grand Avenue, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965
Dinner seven days during summer, from 5 p.m. Lunch, Thursday through Sunday, noon-3 p.m. Reservations suggested, especially for six or more.
This pretty restaurant is in a classic gingerbread house. Family owned and operated, it has pastas, seafood, chicken, and veal. Regulars recommend the cioppino and say you should share it if you aren't a big eater. The bar out back attracts a late night crowd. Live music on Fridays.
41 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
Thursday, Sunday, and Monday, 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m.
This stylish yet unpretentious favorite is well worth the ferry ride. Starters include local oysters and clams on the half shell, Thai-style scallop ceviche, and a warm heirloom bean salad. Meat eaters will find steaks and/or lamb, and other entrees usually include a pasta and inventively prepared seafood such as spring pea-crusted fluke, sea bass with fennel, fingerling potatoes, arugula, and chimichurri sauce, or moules frites. Monday is traditionally bouillabaisse night, and specials appear on other days. It's worth phoning to secure a table. A nice little food market is behind the cafe.