Best Seafood Shop


Good day, everyone. As promised, I want to let you know about three seafood shops all worth a mention: the Seafood Shop in Wainscott, Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett, and the new Amagansett Seafood Store.

The Seafood Shop on the Main Road in Wainscott is a favorite if I’m in the area. Because there are seafood markets just as good and closer to home, I don’t make the Seafood Shop my first choice for fresh seafood. It’s simply a matter of convenience. However, I look at their daily menu which you can find online to see their daily specials. I have gone out of my way for their soups and bisques. They don’t skimp on the amount of seafood in their soups. Their fresh seafood selection in on par with most seafood shops. There’s a good selection of prepared seafood dishes along with meals you can have cooked to order. I plan on trying a lobster to go soon to compare it to many lobsters I’ve had in the area. If you’re in Wainscott, check it out. It’s across the street from the post office.

My new find is the Amagansett Seafood Store on Montauk Highway, in the Amagansett IGA plaza. I believe it’s going to stick around for a while. Their selection of fresh seafood is, again, on par with most seafood markets. But, they’ve added some items to their menu that have been winners with me and friends. Let me say that a couple of my closest friends are avid fishermen and were excited to try the assortment of dips and seafood salads I brought to a recent gathering. I wish they had a website because I can’t possibly remember all they have to offer, but their dips are out of this world! They also offer a wide variety of cooked to order seafood dishes that are listed on the huge chalk board behind the counter. I’m going to go in there today to refresh my memory because this is an inadequate description of what they have to offer. Then I’ll refresh this post. What’s also convenient is there’s a liquor store next store and a supermarket next door to that. You can make one stop for your seafood dinner. Parking can be a bit difficult, but worth it.

My favorite seafood market is Stuart’s Seafood Market on Oak Lane, off the Main Road, in Amagansett. Stuart’s offers an impressive assortment of fresh seafood. I’ve never wanted anything they don’t carry. The only problem is, for popular items, you may want to go earlier in the day rather than later as they may be sold out. They have the highest quality seafood around, such as sushi grade tuna. They offer delicious, fresh local seafood as well as a wide variety of global seafood. It makes me want to spread my culinary wings and try new things. Additionally, they offer an impressive assortment of homemade salads and prepared foods such as:

Sliced Scottish Smoked Salmon
Lobster Salad
Shrimp Salad w/ Dill
Yellow Fin Tuna Salad
Smoked Crabmeat Salad
Cole Slaw w/ or w/out Mayo
Red Bliss Potato Salad
Sugar Snap Pea Salad
Basmati & Wild Rice Salad
Orzo Salad w/ Tomato & Feta
Hungarian Cucumber Salad
Sesame Seaweed Salad
Hijiki Salad w/ Edamame
Baked Stuffed Clams
Fish Cakes, Lobster Cakes, or Crab Cakes
Poached Salmon w/ Dill Sauce
Cedar Planked Salmon
Sesame Seared Tuna
Teriyaki Tuna Burgers
(New!) Lobster Summer Rolls
Lobster Bisque
Manhattan Clam Chowder
New England Clam Chowder
Fish Stock
Smoked Whitefish Pate
Homemade Cocktail Sauce
Homemade Tartar Sauce
Homemade Guacamole
Homemade Ginger
Key Lime Marinade
Homemade Key Lime Pies

Homemade Soups

Manhattan Clam Chowder
New England Clam Chowder
Lobster Bisque
Mediterranean Fish Soup
Conch Chowder
Mussel Chowder
Downeast Fish Chowder
Crab Asparagus Bisque
Oyster & Artichoke Bisque
Low Fat Oyster & Corn Chowder

Lobster Dinners
1 1/4 LB. Lobster
Steamers or Little Neck Clams
Corn on the Cob
Cole Slaw
Melted Butter & Lemon

Cooked & Ready to Serve!
Larger Lobsters Also Available

On more than one occasion I’ve hired Stuart’s to do a clambake, both for home and on the beach. You bring the drinks, they’ll do the rest. Clambakes include the following and is priced based on the number of people:

1 1/4 LB. Lobster
Steamers or Little Neck Clams
Corn on the Cob
Red Potatoes
Layered in a disposable kettle.
Ready for stovetop, grill or beach fire

Going down to one of the Hamptons many local beaches and having Stuart’s bring their truck down onto the beach is a great time for all. Take advantage of the bon fire and toast marshmallows and make s’mores after a delicious seafood extravaganza. Feel free to order more from their catering menu. Also, for the true foodie enthusiast, check out their pig roast. There’s a $400 additional charge for the pig to be roasted on site, but I feel the excitement is worth the price. An aside: I have a dear friend who has a homemade, coal fired slow cooking grill he keeps in his yard. He’s treated guests to 250 lb. pigs and lamb on this grill. It’s a long process to watch over it and cook it to perfection. For those who comment, I’ll let you know where you can get fresh pigs, lambs, chickens and more for a reasonable price. If you’re not familiar with what a reasonable price is for, say, a 150lb. hog, you’re looking in the ballpark of $400. This is comparable to Stuart’s price and you needn’t do all the work.

Also impressive at Stuart’s are their pantry items, small cheese selection, and desserts. Grab your Old Bay Seasoning from the pantry, perhaps some freshly homemade cocktail sauce from the frig, some fresh lemons, cheese, crackers, and pies. My son particularly enjoys the buttery shortbread.

You can’t go wrong at Stuart’s. I suggest going in and looking around. Their prepared foods section alone is worth the trip. When on Oak Lane, look for the big flag, then turn down the driveway and you’ll find Stuart’s tucked away in the back.

Please revisit this post later today as I will be adding much more detail about the Seafood Shop and the Amagansett Seafood Store. But, Stuart’s is hands down the most popular seafood market around and well worth the price in my opinion.