Written by Laurie Wilson Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00
If you build it, they will come.
And they have.
Open less than two months, Singleton’s Seafood Shack at Tappen Beach in Glenwood Landing, and just a seashell throw from Sea Cliff, is already a neighborhood hotspot. The restaurant sits pretty on a strand that typically isn’t hugely popular with beachgoers. In fact, when management was scouting the location, they were skeptical because “no one really comes to this beach.”
Fast forward a couple of weeks: the parking lot is full and so is the restaurant.
I visited with a friend, a transplanted Long Islander visiting from Maryland, on a beautiful sun-kissed day late July. We shared an order of steamers to start. I am somewhat of a steamers snob—my family hails from New England and I grew up spending summers on Cape Cod where steamers are exceptional. The plump, sweet steamers with drawn butter at the “shack” transported me to the Cape. They are the real deal. The Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer has also garnered good reviews.
Next up, lobster roll. Again, I am usually disappointed with New York lobster rolls that typically drown in globs of mayonnaise. Traditionalists love their lobster rolls practically naked and Seafood Shack lived up to my expectation—chunky chunks of lobster with miniscule mayo.
My Maryland pal ordered, what else, the crab cake sandwich. Again, she lives in crab cake land, so her expectations were high. Score! The crab cake was baked, not fried, and served with a corn relish that won bragging rights, alongside perfectly crunchy fries.
Landlubbers might opt for the Beach Burger, Chicken Milanese or one of the salads like the Tropical Salad with pineapples and toasted macadamia nuts.
The “shack” is anything but a shack. Red-cushioned couches sit pretty at the corners of the outdoor dining room and deck, perfect for sipping a glass of Chardonnay or a summery, fruity cocktail, while drinking in the intoxicating sunset view. If the coveted couches are spoken for, cozy up to a seat at the welcoming bar—you’ll want to applaud when the sun curtsies into the Long Island Sound and the sky is painted in watercolors.
Seafood Shack is a fun, local restaurant, a perfect gathering spot to run into neighbors. It is not a cheap outing, but it’s not all about the food here—it’s about the beach, a sunset and a feel-good place to connect with friends.
While its sister property at Tobay Beach is seasonal, there’s good news for beach lovers who love a moody strand in this neck of the woods—the Seafood Shack will be open year-round. According to management, the restaurant will soon be covered with a state-of-the-art structure. And locals know that the winter sunsets on the North Shore of Long Island are as mesmerizing as summer sunsets.
Singleton’s Seafood Shack is located on Shore Road in Glenwood Landing, 516-609-0300.