The Season of Clams and Chaos at The Shack


Summer is high season at The Shack in Centerport, but you can’t get a reservation and don’t expect white tablecloths or finger bowls. If anything, plan to jockey for a parking space. The rugged, unassuming clapboard structure boldly promises “clams and chaos” for anyone who happens to drive by.

Built in 1927, The Shack is one of the few remaining roadside joints on Long Island. On sunny summer days, parking is at a premium on the narrow strip owner Mace Colodny refers to as “the tavern on the gravel.” Expect a little auto envy as Corvettes, BMWs and Harleys surround the counter where classic fried seafood and fresh clams are dispensed at a chaotic pace.

Stop by for a cold beer and a pile of crispy golden fried clams or a fresh lobster roll. You’ll be dining at picnic tables with an eclectic group of visitors, from bikers to bankers to college students. Check back for the full story on The Shack in our July digital launch.

The Shack
One Stony Hollow Road 25A
Centerport, NY

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