By Pete & Bob/ firstname.lastname@example.org
One of Huntingtons best kept dining secrets sits in
a small triangle of land where New York Avenue meets Stewart
Avenue in Huntington village. Martys Gourmet Seafood
is well known as a reliable purveyor of fresh seafood, offering
a selection of fresh cuts and shellfish from local waters
flounder, clams and scallops as well selections
from farther asea salmon, halibut, tuna and tilapia,
For people on the go, Martys offers a selection of ready-to-cook
items stuffed flounder filets, feta-filled tilapia
fish, crab cakes, and the like that need only a few
minutes in the oven and a squeeze of lemon to be ready for
For those with a little time to spend, at a pair of small
tables, customers can learn why Gourmet is Martys Gourmet
Seafoods middle name.
Frankly, its not because the preparation is so sophisticated.
It isnt. But even the most demanding palate can appreciate
that fresh caught seafood, prepared simply, speaks for itself.
Like Ernest Hemingways clean, well-lighted place,
Martys is what it is, and not much more. Seafood cases
and display areas are clean and theres little clutter.
With large windows on three sides, light fills the room even
on a dreary day. The room is filled with whimsical wire sculptures
and mobiles, most of which incorporate shells, worn beach
glass and driftwood. The sculptures were made by owner Martys
brother and are not for sale, but they do add to the décor.
The only other addition stands in the corner a pair
of tables, one high with a pair of barstools, the other low
with regular seating. Their only adornment is a well-stocked
napkin holder. Claim a seat and go talk to Rosemarie about
whats fresh today.
The answer will always include littleneck clams, and every
trip to Martys should start with clams on the half-shell.
Fresh from local waters, they can be relied on to be plump,
firm and sweet. If you order a half-dozen youll just
find yourself calling for more, so just go ahead and order
Martys Baked Clams have the same sweetness with a bit
of spice. Chopped clams in an almost pastelike consistency,
theyre not too bread-crumby, and baked in a generously
sized Quahog shell. A pair of them practically makes a meal.
Martys crab cakes are likewise a must. A generously
sized patty, its served with tartar sauce and lemon
and needs little more, letting the sweetness of the crab meat
come through. On a recent visit, we also enjoyed Chinese inspired
More substantial offerings can be relied on to be fresh, simply
prepared and thoroughly enjoyable, but for these two Foodies,
an impromptu lunch at Martys best consists of a parade
of appetizers. Just add lemon, and tell them the Foodies sent
Martys Gourmet Seafood
266 New York Avenue
Two blocks north of
Cuisine: Fresh seafood, prepared simply
Price range: Inexpensive