Your best options for eating and drinking in the Rockaways this summer

With beaches now reopened in New York City, you’ll probably be headed out to score some rays this weekend. But with so much changeover in recent months to the hospitality industry, it can be hard to keep track of which food spots are opened or closed. After a long day in the sun, scrambling to do the labor of figuring out where you can eat nearby can be draining. That’s why we’ve put together your guide to all things dining out in the Rockaways this summer. And, yes, even though there is reason to believe the virus spreads less effectively in the outdoors, these food businesses are requiring customers to wear their damn masks when placing orders. In the Rockaways, you might be able to get away with no shoes or shirt service, but, this year, certainly not without a mask. As New Yorkers seek out beaches—now that lifeguards are back on duty—for their next social-distanced hang, some might even want to make it a staycation. Stay tuned for more about The Rockaway Hotel opening there soon. 


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Burger joint Rippers has opened for to-go bites at their boardwalk spot. Learn more, here


Clara Cakes

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Chef, cookbook author and recipe developer Clara Polito focuses on vegan-inspired treats served at pop-ups around the Rockaways. Most recently, she has launched a summer picnic basket to enjoy. For $100, you get an insulated reusable bag that contains vegan Italian delicacies (enough for up to four people): homemade focaccia bread, cashew ricotta (16 oz), carrot pancetta (32 oz), tahini potato salad (32 oz), apricot peach jam (8 oz), pickled cherries and olives (16 oz), 2 strawberries-and-creme mini pies, watermelon margaritas from Bernadette’s Summer House (serves 4) and reading material from nearby Avoid The Day Bookstore. Pick-up is at Bernadette’s Summer House (a sister location to Bernadette's). Learn more, here


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Bernadette’s is also currently open for business. They’re serving drinks, donuts, sandos and more. Learn more, here



Newcomer Rockaways cafe Thankyou is currently offering contactless pick-up for items such as hard-to-find grocery staples and a summer-long pop-up with La Cevicheria for all your tangy seafood dreams. Learn more, here.

Tacoway Beach

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Everyone’s favorite taco stand has reopened for the Summer 2020 season with options like fish, tofu or bean tacos with sides such as a cucumber mango salad. Learn more, here.  


Rockaway Beach Bakery 

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This beloved bakery serves up pastries like a daily-changing danish with flavors such as guava. But they also have lunch-y items such as a goat cheese and beet sandwich or their take on a BLT with scallion mayo made on house bread. Learn more, here


Whit’s End 

Local pizza parlor Whit’s End is still serving up its freshmade pizza pies here in the Rockaways. Learn more, here


High 97

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Located at the 97th Street concession stands, High 97 is currently offering online ordering for food items such as fried chicken poppers, fish sandwiches, cheeseburger burgers, fries (duh!) and more. Learn more, here

Caracas Arepas

This season, the Caracas Arepas team is focused on a small menu of their crowd-favorite arepas. Learn more, here



Smoothie bar Brothers has also reopened at the concession stand at 106th street, bringing along with it a menu of fruit-forward options for your slurping. Learn more, here


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