The beach just got even closer for city-dwellers. NYC Ferry opened a route that links Wall Street and Sunset Park directly to the Rockaways. Costing only $2.75 and an hour of time on the water, The Rockaways have never been more accessible. The new route is part of Mayor de Blasio’s goal to create an increasingly functional network of ferries that would allow a handful of commuters to take to the water instead of the subway. Pledging over $325 million, the city plans to connect all five boroughs with 20 ferries, and the Rockaway route is one of the first. Departing from landings every hour, asides from commuters, the new ferry is drawing the usual beach lovers to the peninsula, along with foodies looking to explore the Rockaway cuisine that has boomed post-Sandy.
Rockaway Beach Bakery has gained notoriety for their croissants in particular, seeded like everything bagels and stuffed with ham and cheese, their baked goods and sandwiches have received consistent praise from natives and visiting foodies alike. While most goods are under five bucks, they offer a pastry happy hour from 3 to 4 PM on Tuesdays through Sundays, when the hungry can BOGO free treats.
For burgers and all your classic beach grub, Rippers Burgers is the place to go. New York Magazine has deemed it “the best place to get a burger at Rockaway Beach.” With a relaxed, vintage surfer vibe and a simple but high quality menu, using meat from the highly regarded Meat Hook, Rippers has become a boardwalk icon. It’s the perfect place to grab some cheese fries and a beer when you need a break from tanning.
Tacoway Beach will be entering their third summer season at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Critic Andrew Steinthal of The Infatuation described the ambiance, saying “ Located a block from the water, it’s a melting pot of humanity in the best possible way. Surfers, hipsters, locals – all the cool kids hang out here. If there’s one place to be in Rockaway, this is it.” The rustic taqueria with an indoor bar and outdoor patio access has been praised time and time again for their fish tacos. Steinthal has called the tacos both “impeccable” and “heaven.”
Liquid Bread not only offers a sizable menu of beers and casual bar food, but provides Bocce ball, cornhole, ping pong, can jam, Giant Jenga, old fashioned board games, and movies–on their website, they advertise “6,700 square feet of fun!” Restored from a parking lot destroyed by Sandy, Liquid Bread is a haven for millenial beach-goers, offering everything anyone could want after a long day in the sun.
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Whether you go for the beach, the food, or both, there’s a lot of reasons to get out to The Rockaways this summer! You can check out ferry departure times or buy tickets here >>
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