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The 11 best places to eat and drink around Rockaway Beach

Pair these frozen drinks, pints, burgers, dogs, ceviche and empanadas with your swimsuits, sunscreen and floppy hats.

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Amber Sutherland-Namako
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There’s a bunch of ways to do a beach day in NYC: You can eat a big breakfast before, pack snacks and fill a flask, turn it into a whole weekend of glamping, or plan your own tasting tour. Rockaway Beach has options each way, and its surrounding restaurants and bars have some of the best frozen drinks, tacos and burgers of any beach in town. Though some stretches will be closed in 2022, the area's terrific venues are still going strong. Here’s everywhere to eat and drink when you’re surfing and sanding in the Rockaways. 

Best Restaurants and Bars Near Rockaway Beach

  • Attractions
  • Rockaways
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The tiny, beloved seasonal destination Rockaway Taco evolved into Tacoway Beach 2015, keeping its fish, chorizo and black bean tacos in the move and adding plenty of space to sit (though it does get crowded!) along the way. The summertime-only operation opened for 2022 earlier this spring. 

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  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Rockaways
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With a lovely wood-lined interior and a leafy garden in the back, Sayra’s is a splendid place to settle in for wine by the glass, carafe or bottle, and tapas like burrata and marinated Greek olives, plus larger plates at brunch and dinner. One of the overall best restaurants in Queens, Sayra's also hosts chef pop-ups, live music and comedy shows. 

Bungalow Bar
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  • Cocktail bars
  • Rockaways
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Although it’s open year-round, spring and summer are Bungalow Bar’s time to shine. It’s situated right on the water, so you can create the beach day experience without getting sand in your swimsuit, plus there’s table service for cocktails, beer, wine, and a wide-ranging menu of items like guacamole, wings, tacos, salads, sandwiches and burgers, plus plenty of seafood. 

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  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Rockaways
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This old favorite’s been frequented by everyone and their grandma since the 1920s. We’re partial to the scruffy subterranean tavern’s frozen piña coladas and vodka pink lemonades, which come in portable nondescript styrofoam cups with a cherry on top. Ownership recently changed hands, but Connolly's still managed to open ahead of schedule this spring. 

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  • Breweries
  • Rockaways
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RBC, which has a brewery in Long Island City, too, got its start right here in the neighborhood. The taproom has seating inside and out, its own beers on tap, and a menu that has previously included fried chicken sandwiches, burgers and vegan hot dogs. RBC by the beach opens at noon every day for the 2022 season. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Rockaways
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In addition to fresh ceviche, this Peruvian staple has chicken salad sandwiches, quinoa salad and empanadas. Refreshments include Inca Kola, frozen no-booze mojitos, and of course, the salty ocean breeze rolling off the boardwalk.

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  • French
  • Rockaways

The end of 2020 was hot, hot, hot for new openings in the Rockaways, with Bar Marseille also entering the chat. Provençal-inspired menu items include moules frites, charcuterie and cheese, ratatouille, macarons and plenty of French wines in a seaside space fashioned after the Riviera. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Sandwich shops
  • Rockaways
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Rippers has beach burgers of the cheese and veggie variety, fries, ice cream beer and wine, all on the boardwalk. Dine on the adjacent picnic tables or share with the seagulls back on the sand. (Please do not feed the gulls.)

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Rockaways

Stop by this cute cafe, where the ceiling’s lined with coffee bean bags, for a caffeine kick before you hit the waves or lounge all day. In addition to its bevy of hot and cold coffee options, Roasters has smoothies, bowls, sandwiches, pastries and sweet treats.  

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