Smuggler Jack's steals into Massapequa

Smuggler Jack's in Massapequa has outdoor waterside seating. Smuggler Jack's in Massapequa has outdoor waterside seating. (September, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

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Smuggler Jacks, hidden away in a residential Massapequa neighborhood, makes its home in an entirely new structure alongside Schmidts Canal, one of the South Shores many small waterways. Outdoors, youll find tables overlooking the canal and indoors, a handsome and tasteful dining space and bar. The recent weekday afternoon I stopped in to pick up a menu, the place seemed to be hopping.

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Its owned by Noel Cannon, whose other Massapequa restaurant, Paddys Loft, reflects his Irish background. Here, chef Tom Manetta, who formerly headed the kitchen at Hemingways in Wantagh, offers a seafood-centric American bill of fare. On the dinner menu, youll find a lobster roll ($14), blue-claw crabcakes ($12), pan-seared Montauk swordfish ($24) and a broiled or fried seafood platter ($23). There are also lunch, brunch and bar menus.

Smuggler Jacks is at 157 Forest Ave., Massapequa, 516-798-6000.

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