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September 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

At first, I wasn’t sold on the name “Cowfish.” That’s what the former Indian Cove restaurant on the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays is now called. Now that I’ve been there, however, I’m over my resistance, and have added this venue to my east end repertoire of waterfront eateries.

The space has been refreshed and updated by owners David and Rachel Hersh, who are also owners of nearby Rumba. It is bright and cheery, with exposed beams that give way to a soaring ceiling and a lofty dining space, and a brand new bar. The outside decks offer spectacular views of the canal and marina. Though there is a bustling cocktailing crowd, there is also a charming wooden ship and play area for antsy children waiting for a table, which makes this a perfect place for families, couples, or small crowds.

Everyone at our table was having a “tastebud” party, as the fresh and flavorful food is over the top. Each appetizer was better than the next. The buffalo shrimp, complete with blue cheese and a robust sauce, was outstanding, and the spinach and artichoke dip and guacamole were both superb, but the winner was the skillet corn bread. This appetizer was saturated in butter and probably off the calorie chart, but no one cared— you couldn’t take a bite without exclaiming!

Dinner was a mélange of sushi and steaks, divided pretty evenly between landlubbers and lovers of all things from the sea. I ordered a Maui Wowi sushi roll with asparagus, crab, and avocado, which was very fresh and delicious. They offer sandwiches and burgers, too, as well as a vegetarian roll and salad options.

I hardly ever have room for dessert, but I’m a sucker for banana cream pie. The Cowfish version, with an indulgent crust, walnuts, and banana filling topped with caramel sauce and grated chocolate, does not disappoint. Wow.

The prices were very reasonable, we left extremely happy, and we have actually gone back several times since. We have also recommended it to many friends. There aren’t too many waterfront restaurants that offer the complete package of great food, stunning views, and ambiance— but Cowfish easily fits the bill.


258 East Montauk Highway

Hampton Bays


By Maria Orlando Pietromonaco




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