Enjoy seafood dishes and a variety of American classics at this 350-seat restaurant on the Playland pier. Sit outside at the tiki bar or on the patio for panoramic views of the Long Island Sound. Chef John Mandarino’s crab-cake sandwich, pot of steamers, and broiled seafood combo are musts. A raw bar, live bands, and industry nights are added draws. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Reservations not taken.
Recession (or upcoming college expenses) got you staying home this summer? Lucky for us Westchesterites, sitting near the water can make us feel far, far away. Add some tropical music, Polynesian-style décor, drinks the color of sunshine, and some thatched umbrellas, and you’ve got a spot that mimics the islands. We don’t care what people may say about the food (expect your typical salads, fish-shack seafood, and fried appetizers)—it’s the ambience at The Pier Restaurant & Tiki Bar that entices us, putting us in a mellow state of mind (the blue sangria helps). The restaurant—sibling of Seaside Johnnies at nearby Oakland Beach—boasts one of the county’s killer views of the Sound, where you can honestly look out on the horizon and forget where you are. Just don’t forget where you parked the car.