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The Dory

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

dory 1As soon as you walk into The Dory, you get that same comfortable feeling as when you slip on your favorite boat shoes. The friendly, relaxed atmosphere makes this a welcoming spot for boaters.  Jack, the owner, most likely will greet you as you enter.

The Dory has been serving locals and visitors alike since 1925; in fact, this was quite often the only place open on Shelter Island all-year-round. The polished mahogany bar scene is friendly and lively, the view from the deck of ducks and egrets on Chase Pond is delightful, and the menu is hearty and uncomplicated.

Starters include crispy calamari, jalapeño poppers, steamed mussels, fried oysters, and oysters and clams on the half shell. The oysters — from Greenport — are fresh. For lunch, try the portobello burger, Nathan’s hot dogs, lobster rolls, fish and chips, beer-battered shrimp, and fried clams. There are dinner specials, including fresh local fish, along with staples such as prime rib, shell steak, chicken Milanese, and grilled salmon. Look for the cupcake burger with blue cheese “icing” topped with apple-wood smoked bacon.

Along with robust fare, there are salads, including a Caesar, wedge, and Caprese with mozzarella and tomatoes. Vegetarians can omit the bacon from the wedge, and for vegans, The Dory salad has no cheese. The kitchen will also make a veggie plate. Gluten-free eaters have choices including items from the raw bar and grilled fish. Dessert selections vary. At a recent lunch, the offerings were brownies and Key lime pie.

Jack’s and Dering Harbor marinas, across the street from The Dory, have slips and moorings. If your yacht club has a reciprocal relationship, the Shelter Island Yacht Club is also nearby. Or keep your boat in Greenport and take the ferry over — it’s the best $2.00 cruise around. After your 10-minute ride, you’ll walk less than 10 minutes to the restaurant. Just look for the red building with the dory on top.

The Dory sponsors a jazz festival every August that includes Freddie Cole, Nat’s brother. There’s also music after 10:00 pm some weekends (check the website for further information). Reservations are accepted on the phone or online; call for parties of five or more.

The Dory

185 N. Ferry Road

Shelter Island


By Ann Fox


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