ARVERNE — A new vendor is serving up sandwiches and salads with local seafood just steps from the beach.
Shanty's opened Saturday at Beach 69th Street in Arverne inside a space-age food pod that can be driven anywhere.
Friends Mike Reen and Dylan Sirgiovanni, who also run By the Beach Coconuts at Beach 69th and Riis Park, expanded this year to include food, teaming up with friend and head chef Graham Hill.
The eclectic menu at Shanty's features an oyster po boy, a monkfish sandwich and a swordfish gyro inspired by the chefs at Wild Feast in Riis Park, who hooked them up with the kitchen pod, they said.
They selected the menu based on foods they liked, with fish caught off of Long Island waters and cut by Hill.
"Rockaway is surrounded by water," the chef said. "We might as well embrace what we're surrounded by."
The swordfish gyro. (DNAinfo/Katie Honan)
Shanty's also sells coconuts, Mexican sodas and other drinks, and is close to surf and boogie board rental from Boarders.
They're open weekends from noon until the evening, and plan to expand to more days as the summer continues.
And being mobile means they can hitch it to the back of a truck and plant the kitchen on wheels wherever they want, Reen said.
Once the boardwalk is completed in Rockaway Park, they may cook a night a week at Beach 126th Street.