Belated review, but the place has been there twenty years, I don’t think it really needs one…here’s some decor. Photo credit: my beautiful gf, CD.
On an excellent recommendation, I decided to check out this historic Greenport seafood joint, on the assumption it would be classy, fresh and delicious. I was not wrong, but really I think I have to visit this place in the summer. There’s a clam bar right out on the water, sort of floating in the middle of the sound on a pier, and a bunch of other establishments with their name on it. It’s like all those towns you hear about built on one family’s empire, only given the level of culinary prowess, they kind of deserve it. Here’s some food porn.
The recipes are pretty simple, but simple is best for seafood in my opinion. Claudio’s features everything with no surprises, and it really showcases the wonderfully fresh ingredients. The only barrier to my full enjoyment was the city pricing, but its hard to begrudge the family for it. There’s decent service, generous portions and an elegant decor. The waterside view is a bit spoiled by a parking lot and a pier, but beautiful nonetheless. Also, the little cul-de-sac they’re in seems to pull in and confuse motorists, so there’s a lovely view of all the classic automobiles of Long Island with confused drivers pulling showfloor U-ies.
Final assessment? I only had lunch, and then in the wrong season, but given their history as America’s oldest family-owned restaurant (proclaimed in a plaque, unconfirmed) Claudio’s is definitely a highlight in a seaside town vacation. Everything checks out, and the clientele are the relaxed island type. There’s convenient apartments and even a carousel for the kids, so its not a bad getaway spot, maybe two or three hours from the city.