Owning & operating a restaurant in a summer town like Montauk NY can be difficult considering the major influx of people only happens in a handful of months during the year.
But open a spot you are passionate about and you have a recipe for success. Tracy Gardell opened 668 The Gig Shack with her sons & family after escaping the hustle of lower Manhattan and settling in a more reserved beach town.
The restaurant reminds me of a SoCal spot and pays homage to its name by lining up live music “gigs” to enjoy over dinner.
We stopped by the shack one Saturday afternoon to grab some grub & drinks. Coming from the beach in flip flops and jean shorts, we did not feel a bit out of place.
Usually people are opposed to sharing tables but we welcomed the opportunity to lessen our wait time and meet some strangers.
The menu was pretty self explanatory re: gluten, but I figured I would ask any way. Your options (subject to change/always alert server): Shrimp Skewers, Chicken Kabobs, Billy Goat Salad (no fried goat cheese), Caesar Salad (no croutons), Scallop Salad (no soy dressing), Mussels (no baguette), Fish Tacos, Burger (no bun). I didn’t ask about the rest of the entrees but they seem doable (risotto, tuna steak, ribs, rib-eye) with some minor adjustments.
Sides: fries were NOT gluten-free, asparagus was.
White Wine Mussels with cilantro butter (not picture) which were gluten-free and amazing. It was one of the few times I actually had mussels that I loved. Definitely get them.
As mentioned, this Pat La Frieda burger itself was gluten-free. Order it sans bun and fries and you are good to go. Not my meal but it looked good.
It may make your pee smell, but it tastes good and is good for you. Get it.
These were amazing. Perfect balance of spicy & sweet – a must order.
After eating we hung out for a few extra drinks before heading back to our hotel. We actually loved the place so much we went back for lunch the next day. A must try when in Montauk.
668 The Gig Shack
Pros: Fresh tasting “surf” grub with a Cali twist (think pineapple, mango to accentuate dishes).
Cons: Unless you plan on driving 3 hours from the city during the winter or live in the area, you are most likely only eating here a couple months of the year.