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Pier 44

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Pier 44 has been open in Babylon across from Sampawams Creek for over 30 years. The wood paneling and the giant shark out front give it a very cool old school feel, as if you’ve arrived back at a classic seafood shack. But looks aren’t everything, as Pier 44 proves once you step inside.

There is a full, well-stocked bar in the center of the restaurant serving wine, liquor, and local to larger domestic brands of beer. I tried the Port Jefferson Porter, made by the Port Jeff Brewing Company; it was dark, but not too heavy, and complemented the food I would soon be savoring.

Appetizers range from bar favorites such as mozzarella sticks, Buffalo wings, bloomin’ onion, and crisp potato skins, to seafood favorites including raw clams, oysters, and shrimp; roasted oysters, steamed and baked clams, fried calamari, and mussels. The stuffed artichoke bottoms were very tasty and my dining companion enjoyed the hearty, well-prepared seafood bisque. Salads are also a great starter — Pier 44 offers five kinds, including spinach, Greek, and scungilli.

pier 44 2The three main entrée categories are pasta, seafood, and meat dishes. Pasta dishes include baked ravioli, pasta with sea scallops, and cavatelli por Giovanni, a dish made with broccoli rabe, white beans, and crumbled sausage. Seafood offerings include Louisiana catfish, grilled or poached Atlantic salmon, lobster, and crab legs. There’s a variety of chicken, steak, and dishes including St. Louis ribs smoked in house on the menu. Side dishes include French fries, potato pancakes, onion rings, and sweet potato fries. I enjoyed the rigatoni ala vodka and my companion got the generous and delicious chicken parmigiana.

Our server was very friendly, courteous, and quick to make sure everything was okay with the food and kept bringing us delicious bread. She assured us that the kitchen would accommodate a gluten-free or vegan diet.

The food is so filling at Pier 44 that you have to make a conscious effort to save room for such desserts as crème brulee, Reese’s pie, New York style cheese cake, carrot cake, chocolate cake, and ice cream.

Babylon residents can dock at the Babylon municipal docks; non-residents must arrange transient space at Degarmo’s Boat Yard and make the short walk to Pier 44.

Pier 44

444 Fire Island Avenue

Babylon

www.pier44restaurant.com/

Photo and review by Sam Mines

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