By the Beach: Connolly’s Reopens and Rockaway Gets a Raw Bar

Photo: Daniel Maurer

Its the freakin weekend, folks. The new Luna Park wont be open till tomorrow, but a little to the south, Rockaways surfer, lifeguard, and rocker bar, Connollys, has reopened for the season, and given that Rockaway Taco is also reopening nearby, we have a feeling well end up there with a Styrofoam cup in hand this weekend. If you, too, are headed to the peninsula, know that today a new surf-and-turf establishment, Daltons Seaside Grill, replaced the 39-year-old ship-themed steakhouse Gallaghers Snug Harbor. The owner, Sean Dalton, worked at the previous establishment as a kid. Im one of twelve kids, and the majority of us worked for Frank Gallagher, he tells us. In fact, his brothers Greg and Michael had summer gigs in the kitchen there, went on to become working chefs, and are now returning to mold the menu.

Photo: Daniel Maurer

Fans of Snug Harbors roast-beef sandwich need not fret its sticking around along with many other favorites, but the offerings have also expanded to include, for instance, filet mignon mini-burgers as well as other hamburgers (there will soon be a build-your-own option). Appetizers include baked clams, polenta-crusted fish sticks, clams casino, mussels, and crab cakes. There are soups (a Jack Daniels onion soup, for example) and salads (a Stilton wedge and more). And of course, there are steaks as well as seafood entres (seared sea scallops, Scottish salmon, jumbo-shrimp scampi, and a stuffed fillet of sole). In the very near future, therell be a raw bar, a lobster night, and daily specials.

And now, if you dont mind, were stripping down to our trunks and getting in the water. Well see you Tuesday.

Dalton's Seaside Grill, 108-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd., nr. Beach 108th St., Rockaway Park, Queens; 718-634-4384