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Where to Eat in Freeport, NY

Devouring the Nautical Mile and all the best places to eat in Freeport.

Find where to eat in Freeport, NY along the best boating community in New York,

A magical tract bordering Freeport’s Woodcleft Canal in New York, the Nautical Mile is the logical starting point for captains and crew visiting this boating-friendly community. Freeport calls itself the “Boating and Fishing Capital of the East.” While that may be a bit of a stretch on both counts, it certainly features a busy, vibrant waterfront with a long history of seafaring tradition that seems to be ever trending toward tourists’ taste-worthy economy. That’s why we’ve rounded out the best places to where to eat in Freeport.

Built upon decades of discarded oyster and clam shells, this is the place Guy Lombardo’s band called home and, in fact, the street paralleling the east side of the canal bears the famous band leader’s name. It’s on Woodcleft Avenue along the west side of Woodcleft Canal, which is also where you can step ashore, stretch your legs and find the ideal place to grab a bite, a drink or both.

Eat, Drink and be Merry

If you’ve brought an appetite, you are certainly in luck, for there are more than a dozen places to dine along the canal itself. Most of the waterfront establishments have transient dockage, and the village of Freeport maintains several slips on a first-come, first-served basis at the Esplanade on Woodcleft Avenue between Suffolk and Hamilton Streets. Use the pay meters along the esplanade to receive the $5.00 per hour tie-up fee and go out to eat in Freeport.

Now, what’s your fancy? Seafood, steaks, ribs? Cajun, Creole, Cuban, Jamaican, Tex Mex? How about a juicy burger or a seat at a Tiki Bar with a big, fruity drink and a colorful umbrella? A raw bar, a crab shack, ice cream, shaved Italian ice? This stretch has them all.

One of my favorites here is E.B. Elliot’s at the head of the canal. Open daily for lunch and dinner, its happy hour runs from noon until 7 PM on weekdays. Here you’ll find great seafood, steaks and the best mojitos north of Cuba, plus live bands on the weekend. Take a seat on the second floor for an entertaining view of maritime mayhem on the canal.