Fresh Catches At
By Pete & Willfirstname.lastname@example.org
With all Huntingtons beautiful
waterfront, it continues to amaze us that there isnt
a cozy clam shack where one can enjoy a half-dozen cherrystones
or a cup of chowder while taking in the view.
Even more amazing is that a strip mall in East Northport offers
the next best thing.
At Jeffs Seafood & Galley, located in the busy Elwood
shopping center in Jericho Turnpike, a nautical themed mural
framed by ropes and fish shack construction is as close as
one gets to that view. The food at this half fish store, half
restaurant, is as authentic as authentic gets. When chef Billy
McLellan sends out an order from the kitchen, one can practically
hear the splash of waves and the cries of seagulls coming
from that painted mural.
The galley part of Jeffs Seafood & Galley
is comprised of just a handful of tables some high,
some low adjacent to the counters of the seafood store
where the fresh catch of the day is displayed for the stores
retail customers. In addition to fresh fish and shellfish,
Jeffs sells a variety of prepared and cook-at-home seafood
selections to go. In fact, it was a sign on the street advertising
fresh caught halibut that first got us into Jeffs. The
ersatz charm of the galley got us to stay.
A meal in the galley is an experience. With its netting and
lobster float décor, there are no pretensions in the
Galley. Its the kind of place where if you dont
run into friends at the next table, youve made some
by the time you leave.
The menu at Jeffs is as small as the restaurant. Start
with the clams a half-dozen on the half shell with
the house cocktail sauce and lemon. Theyre as fresh
as if they walked there. The chowder is also a favorite. We
prefer Manhattan (the red kind) its chunky with
clams, briny and flavorful. Also on our hot list, crab cakes
are the real deal. Real crab has that flavor that cant
While Jeffs has a reliable list of entrees, the catch
of the day is always reliable.
Preparation is generally simple and its always, always,
Other entrée favorites include the linguine with clam
sauce, which is, again, generous with clams. Seafood entrees,
served with potato or rice and vegetable of the day, are generally
reliable. Choose your seafood with a honey glaze, New Orleans
style, blackened or Scampi. Blackened Swordfish ($19.95) is
a spicy treat. A plate of three crab cakes ($14.95) is great
for splitting, and when youre in the mood, the simple
broiled flounder is just that
simple. Sometimes a little
lemon is all the seasoning one needs.
Dont go to Jeffs looking for tablecloths, stellar
service or even high class cutlery. Do go when affordable,
unpretentious seafood is what youre craving. And tell
them the Foodies sent you.
Seafood & Galley
1965 Jericho Tpke.
Atmosphere: Fish Shack
Price Range: Inexpensive to Moderate
Monday to Saturday, 10-8 p.m.;
Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.