Located just one-hour away by ferry from Wall Street, the Rockaways features heaps of bars and restaurants along the boardwalk, giving you an epic alternative to hopping on a crowded train to Montauk. Our friends at Yelp NYC have found the most notable destinations to help plan your day trip in this exciting locale. Be sure to grab Yelp’s Summer Guide 2017 for a full list of summer spots to hit without leaving the city.
New York will never give cities like San Diego, LA, or San Francisco a run for their money on the taco front, but Tacoway Beach is about as close as you’re going to get 3,000 miles from the epicenter. Tucked in the back of Rockaway Beach Surf Club, you’ll want to start your tasting adventure with a beer battered fish taco, and pair with a Mexican beer (any will do) to conquer summer in one fell swoop. 302 Beach 87th St., Far Rockaway
If Rippers was a fictional cafe from the ‘90s, you might call it Central Perk. It’s smack dab in the middle of the boardwalk, and acts as a club house if you’re meeting friends transporting to the beach from different directions. With live bands and DJs, beer, wine, and elevated snackbar type foods (Pat LaFreida burgers on Martin’s Potato Rolls, for instance), it’s the perfect spot to start your beach day. 8601 Shore Front Pkwy, Queens
The food hall and Smorgasburg-style dining routine has become the new norm around the city, and this is the exact vibe you’ll find at Riis Park Beach Bazaar. It’s essentially a one-stop shop with several different vendors selling booze, ice cream, seafood, hot dogs, and more. 2017 vendors include Ample Hills Ice Cream, Rockaway Clam Bar, Samesa (Middle Eastern food from Mile End and Roberta’s alums), Fletcher’s BBQ, Bolivian Llama Party, and Ed & Bev’s selling beach favorites like hot dogs, burgers, and chicken fingers. Be sure to head there on a weekend to pair all this tasty food with live bands on the promenade. 16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park
If you’re still mourning the loss of Lobster Joint on Houston, you’ll be delighted to know you can get a taste right on the shores of the Atlantic. At this seasonal location, they do full lobster rolls, as well as lobster sliders, if you’re looking for a lighter meal. 97 Beach St., Far Rockaway
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