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Our Story

Life is better at the beach. Happy Jack’s was established in May 2018 by Mike Dalton, a Rockaway native who grew up on the beach and is proud of the sand in his shoes.
Happy Jack’s is a tribute to Mike’s father, John "Happy Jack" Dalton. Happy Jack was a NYPD police officer, a Korean War veteran and a National Guard reservist, who served bravely and honorably. He called Rockaway home for more than 50 years. Happy Jack taught his 12 kids the most important lessons in life: Be kind, work hard and have fun.
That is what Happy Jack’s is all about. Seasonal menus and daily specials that offer quality food & drinks prepared with the freshest ingredients. Wonderful, attentive service by our staff, many who are Dalton family members or “honorary” ones. And great times for every guest looking for incredible food, and good company, just steps away from the most beautiful beach on the planet.
Mike Dalton built his dream restaurant on the beach for locals and visitors alike - - Happy Jack’s welcomes anyone who enjoys a fun day at the beach!

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Don't forget to check out our daily food specials available for takeout & delivery!

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Samuel Shurtleff

Wow! We had such a great time here. The atmosphere was fun, the food was wonderful, the service was perfect, everyone was as nice as possible. We are already talking about when to go back for more. Burgers are the main thing, but there is actually quite a variety to choose.

Kraig DeMatteis

Small restaurant serving fresh seafood, sandwiches and burgers (turkey, signature beef, black bean). Full bar with seating, but not for big parties. Parking can be tight on weekends, but down the block from the ferry on way to the beach.

Brian C.

Just had the Mother's Day specials of crab cakes and steak. Delicious. The salad the veggies the main course and desert. Awesome. Even had dinner from there the night before. Cajun chicken Sammy. Wow. Will continue to go. The people there are great.

Joanna B.

All of my food was awesome! OMG! Awesome!!! The people were super friendly and fast! This is a neighborhood jewel! You can watch the game and get some non pretentious conversation... super cool! I thought I'd feel out of place as a woman of color. I loved it!

Freddy V.

Had the Happy Jack Burger and Falafel Sandwich along with 5 margaritas. Not to shabby. Food and drinks were amazing. The staff and customer service were top notch. Will be coming back here again when on Rockaway Island.

Heather M.

I have eaten here a few times and I have not been disappointed. Everything I got was delicious and the portions are great. I left with a full belly and leftovers. The staff is great and provides aa nice dining environment.