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Where to Eat Near the Boardwalk in Rockaway Beach

Arepas, pizza, tacos, and more beachside food and drink

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With summer upon us, New Yorkers search for neighboring beaches. A favorite among locals is a peninsula known as Rockaway (or the Rockaways). While a certain taco shop has been a draw for many beach-goers, the Queens shoreline has so much more to offer. On this map of Rockaway food favorites, find everything from Venezuelan street fare and wood-fired pizza to refreshing açaí bowls and stand-out sticky buns.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Carnal at Riis Park Beach Bazaar

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16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway Park, NY 11694

Carnal, a popular Smorgasburg stand, is a new addition this summer to Riis Bazaar’s Bay 9. Founders Aaron Saurer and James Zamory — alumni of the NoMad, Betony and Roberta’s — whip up modern barbecue that pulls inspiration from Kentucky slow cooking, a nod to Sauer’s home turf. The rotating selection of sizzling proteins might include pork belly with sour cherries, bourbon, and anise syrup, or short rib slow-cooked in bone marrow and tomatoes.

2. Cuisine by Claudette at Riis Park Beach Bazaar

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16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway Park, NY 11694

This summer, local healthy Mediterranean joint Cuisine by Claudette, which has been around since 2012, is even closer to the water with a new outpost at Riis Bazaar’s Bay 9. Find cauliflower rice-based bowls, turkey sliders, falafel, and juices at this new location.

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3. Pico

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419 Beach 129th St
Rockaway Park, NY
(718) 945-3474
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Closer to Rockaway Park, Pico is a solid sit-down option with crowd-pleasing Mexican fare like Los Angeles-style burritos, chicken quesadillas, and carnitas tacos. Pico also serves a very proper margarita.

4. Pickles & Pies Food Market & Deli

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202 Beach 116th St
Rockaway Park, NY
(718) 634-6041

When a sandwich is needed after a day drinking underneath the Rockaway sun, this super simple deli is the answer. Pickles & Pies is open 24 hours.

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5. Caracas Arepa Bar (Rockaway Beach Concession)

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Shore Front Pkwy
Queens, NY
(718) 474-1709

New Yorkers familiar with Caracas will find solace at its Rockaway location. The waterfront stand and its many picnic tables are filled with diners feasting on arepas, maduros, fries, and empanadas. Expect a line.

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Far Rockaway, NY 11693
(718) 318-7427
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Housed in the former Playland Motel, this barbecue spot from Rockaway locals opened in 2018 with tons of meat. Choose from options like pulled pork or chicken on Texas toast, or the “bird & bone” platter for two, with a half rack of ribs, half chicken, and choice of two sides. There are also appetizers like wings or fried pickle slices, plus a handful of salads, burgers, or sandwiches.

7. Whit's End

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97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
(718) 945-4100
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The new location of this nautical-themed Rockaway pizza favorite is still serving the wood-fired pies that gained the original Riis Park location its following. Look for toppings like sausage, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, and clams, and non-pizza options including a burger, ravioli, and lamb.

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8. High97

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9701 Shore Front Pkwy
Rockaway Park, NY 11694
(415) 606-0159
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Head to High97 to satiate a fish and chips craving, which batters up rockfish and serves it alongside fries, slaw, and turmeric tartar sauce. The simple, brief menu also includes a fried “fish sammy” (or fried chicken option for the seafood-averse), a cheeseburger, and grilled cheese.

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9. La Cevicheria

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97-01 Shore Front Pkwy
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

Cool down with marinated raw seafood at La Cevicheria, a stand at Rockaway Beach Club (aka the beachside concessions at 97th Street). In addition to Peruvian ceviches, non-seafood picks are available, too, like aguadito, a cilantro chicken soup served with a lime wedge to squeeze in.

10. The Bungalow Bar

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377 Beach 92nd St
Queens, NY
(718) 945-2100
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Come for a seat on the waterfront deck with panoramic views, stay for always-stellar dishes like a fried cod sandwich on brioche, mussels with marinara, and fried calamari. The year-round hangout frequently hosts live music, and serves brunch on the weekends.

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11. Palenque

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9701 Shore Front Pkwy
Far Rockaway, NY 11693
(718) 954-1955
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Palenque is another Smorgasburg regular with a summertime outpost at 97th Street that’s open on weekends through Labor Day. Arepas are the star of the show: corn, quinoa, or multigrain iterations are piled with toppings like cheese, disks of Colombian chorizo, or portobello mushrooms. Sides include empanadas, yuca fries, and plantains.

12. Connolly's

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155 Beach 95th St
Queens, NY
(718) 318-1714
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A Rockaway trip is best ended with a visit to this classic pub. The move at Connolly’s is any of the frozen drinks, but the piña colada never disappoints.

13. Rockaway Roasters

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92-06 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Queens, NY

Rockaway locals and regulars know that a decent cup of coffee can sometimes be hard to come by. But a few years back Rockaway Roasters opened and brought along with it very good pastries and açaí bowls.

14. Uma's

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9207 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Queens, NY

There’s warm hospitality and a quirkiness at this Uzbek restaurant, with a menu of lagman (hand-rolled noodles), borscht, labne salad, manti (dumplings), kabobs, and plov (rice pilaf). This is the place for a respite from the rain or harsh rays.

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15. Sayra's Wine Bar

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91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Queens, NY
(347) 619-8009

Sayra’s is a lovely place for some drinks and snacks, whether sitting inside this Rockaway wine bar or out on the patio. The food menu includes items like meatball sliders, crostini, and a cheese plate. All the wines on the by-the-glass list fall under $12.

16. Rockaway Beach Bakery

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87-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Far Rockaway, NY 11693
(347) 727-7680
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Experienced pastry chef Tracy Obolsky (Esca, North End Grill, Cookshop) has her own bakery, where the sticky buns reign supreme. It’s the right stop pre-beach for mid-morning snacks like scones, croissants, danishes, cookies, and quiche.

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17. Rockaway Beach Surf Club (aka Tacoway Beach)

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302 Beach 87th St
Queens, NY

Rockaway Taco is legend at Rockaway, even though it no longer exists. But Tacoway, from a Rockaway Taco founder, lives on inside Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Bonus: The new digs make for much more seating and the option to order alcohol. Cash only.

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18. Rippers

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8601 Shore Front Pkwy
Queens, NY
(718) 634-3034
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Further east on the boardwalk at number 86, Rippers is serving always-great burgers including one called the Hard Body, a double patty with double cheese. Other Americana beach snacks on the menu include hot dogs, a fish sandwich, and soft serve.

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19. Taco Bay at Rockaway Brewing Company

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415 B 72 St
Arverne, NY 11692
(718) 474-2339
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At Rockaway Brewing Company, a hops spot near the A train stop, there’s outdoor food stand Taco Bay, which is helmed by a new chef this summer: Sarah Peltier, formerly of Rockaway Taco. Filling options include grilled shrimp and mushroom tinga, while non-taco offerings are available, too, like the nachos with beef shank.

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1. Carnal at Riis Park Beach Bazaar

16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park, NY 11694

Carnal, a popular Smorgasburg stand, is a new addition this summer to Riis Bazaar’s Bay 9. Founders Aaron Saurer and James Zamory — alumni of the NoMad, Betony and Roberta’s — whip up modern barbecue that pulls inspiration from Kentucky slow cooking, a nod to Sauer’s home turf. The rotating selection of sizzling proteins might include pork belly with sour cherries, bourbon, and anise syrup, or short rib slow-cooked in bone marrow and tomatoes.

16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway Park, NY 11694

2. Cuisine by Claudette at Riis Park Beach Bazaar

16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park, NY 11694
Cuisine by Claudette Cuisine by Claudette [Official Photo]

This summer, local healthy Mediterranean joint Cuisine by Claudette, which has been around since 2012, is even closer to the water with a new outpost at Riis Bazaar’s Bay 9. Find cauliflower rice-based bowls, turkey sliders, falafel, and juices at this new location.

16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway Park, NY 11694

3. Pico

419 Beach 129th St, Rockaway Park, NY

Closer to Rockaway Park, Pico is a solid sit-down option with crowd-pleasing Mexican fare like Los Angeles-style burritos, chicken quesadillas, and carnitas tacos. Pico also serves a very proper margarita.

419 Beach 129th St
Rockaway Park, NY

4. Pickles & Pies Food Market & Deli

202 Beach 116th St, Rockaway Park, NY

When a sandwich is needed after a day drinking underneath the Rockaway sun, this super simple deli is the answer. Pickles & Pies is open 24 hours.

202 Beach 116th St
Rockaway Park, NY

5. Caracas Arepa Bar (Rockaway Beach Concession)

Shore Front Pkwy, Queens, NY

New Yorkers familiar with Caracas will find solace at its Rockaway location. The waterfront stand and its many picnic tables are filled with diners feasting on arepas, maduros, fries, and empanadas. Expect a line.

Shore Front Pkwy
Queens, NY

6. RBQ

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11693

Housed in the former Playland Motel, this barbecue spot from Rockaway locals opened in 2018 with tons of meat. Choose from options like pulled pork or chicken on Texas toast, or the “bird & bone” platter for two, with a half rack of ribs, half chicken, and choice of two sides. There are also appetizers like wings or fried pickle slices, plus a handful of salads, burgers, or sandwiches.

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Far Rockaway, NY 11693

7. Whit's End

97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
Whit’s End Whit’s End [Official Photo]

The new location of this nautical-themed Rockaway pizza favorite is still serving the wood-fired pies that gained the original Riis Park location its following. Look for toppings like sausage, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, and clams, and non-pizza options including a burger, ravioli, and lamb.

97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

8. High97

9701 Shore Front Pkwy, Rockaway Park, NY 11694
High97 High97 [Official Photo]

Head to High97 to satiate a fish and chips craving, which batters up rockfish and serves it alongside fries, slaw, and turmeric tartar sauce. The simple, brief menu also includes a fried “fish sammy” (or fried chicken option for the seafood-averse), a cheeseburger, and grilled cheese.

9701 Shore Front Pkwy
Rockaway Park, NY 11694

9. La Cevicheria

97-01 Shore Front Pkwy, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

Cool down with marinated raw seafood at La Cevicheria, a stand at Rockaway Beach Club (aka the beachside concessions at 97th Street). In addition to Peruvian ceviches, non-seafood picks are available, too, like aguadito, a cilantro chicken soup served with a lime wedge to squeeze in.

97-01 Shore Front Pkwy
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

10. The Bungalow Bar

377 Beach 92nd St, Queens, NY
Bungalow Bar Bungalow Bar [Official Photo]

Come for a seat on the waterfront deck with panoramic views, stay for always-stellar dishes like a fried cod sandwich on brioche, mussels with marinara, and fried calamari. The year-round hangout frequently hosts live music, and serves brunch on the weekends.

377 Beach 92nd St
Queens, NY

11. Palenque

9701 Shore Front Pkwy, Far Rockaway, NY 11693

Palenque is another Smorgasburg regular with a summertime outpost at 97th Street that’s open on weekends through Labor Day. Arepas are the star of the show: corn, quinoa, or multigrain iterations are piled with toppings like cheese, disks of Colombian chorizo, or portobello mushrooms. Sides include empanadas, yuca fries, and plantains.

9701 Shore Front Pkwy
Far Rockaway, NY 11693

12. Connolly's

155 Beach 95th St, Queens, NY

A Rockaway trip is best ended with a visit to this classic pub. The move at Connolly’s is any of the frozen drinks, but the piña colada never disappoints.

155 Beach 95th St
Queens, NY

13. Rockaway Roasters

92-06 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY

Rockaway locals and regulars know that a decent cup of coffee can sometimes be hard to come by. But a few years back Rockaway Roasters opened and brought along with it very good pastries and açaí bowls.

92-06 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Queens, NY

14. Uma's

9207 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY

There’s warm hospitality and a quirkiness at this Uzbek restaurant, with a menu of lagman (hand-rolled noodles), borscht, labne salad, manti (dumplings), kabobs, and plov (rice pilaf). This is the place for a respite from the rain or harsh rays.

9207 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Queens, NY

15. Sayra's Wine Bar

91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY

Sayra’s is a lovely place for some drinks and snacks, whether sitting inside this Rockaway wine bar or out on the patio. The food menu includes items like meatball sliders, crostini, and a cheese plate. All the wines on the by-the-glass list fall under $12.

91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Queens, NY

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16. Rockaway Beach Bakery

87-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11693
Rockaway Beach Bakery Rockaway Beach Bakery [Official Photo]

Experienced pastry chef Tracy Obolsky (Esca, North End Grill, Cookshop) has her own bakery, where the sticky buns reign supreme. It’s the right stop pre-beach for mid-morning snacks like scones, croissants, danishes, cookies, and quiche.

87-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Far Rockaway, NY 11693

17. Rockaway Beach Surf Club (aka Tacoway Beach)

302 Beach 87th St, Queens, NY
Rockaway Beach Surf Club Rockaway Beach Surf Club [Official Photo]

Rockaway Taco is legend at Rockaway, even though it no longer exists. But Tacoway, from a Rockaway Taco founder, lives on inside Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Bonus: The new digs make for much more seating and the option to order alcohol. Cash only.

302 Beach 87th St
Queens, NY

18. Rippers

8601 Shore Front Pkwy, Queens, NY
Rippers Rippers [Official Photo]

Further east on the boardwalk at number 86, Rippers is serving always-great burgers including one called the Hard Body, a double patty with double cheese. Other Americana beach snacks on the menu include hot dogs, a fish sandwich, and soft serve.

8601 Shore Front Pkwy
Queens, NY

19. Taco Bay at Rockaway Brewing Company

415 B 72 St, Arverne, NY 11692

At Rockaway Brewing Company, a hops spot near the A train stop, there’s outdoor food stand Taco Bay, which is helmed by a new chef this summer: Sarah Peltier, formerly of Rockaway Taco. Filling options include grilled shrimp and mushroom tinga, while non-taco offerings are available, too, like the nachos with beef shank.

415 B 72 St
Arverne, NY 11692

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