Refreshments at city beaches get a delicious do-over!
- Last Updated: 4:05 PM, July 7, 2012
- Posted: 10:39 PM, July 6, 2012
This city of skyscrapers and sidewalks also has nearly 19 miles of sand and lifeguard protected water, enjoyed by 17-million beachgoers last year.
And this summer, you don’t have to drag your cooler on the subway, as even more city beaches from the Long Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean have deliciously enhanced their food and drink options.
Shriveled hot dogs, soggy french fries and other desperation beach fare are out at Orchard Beach, Rockaway Beach (which added even more new concessions after last year’s improvements) and the two Breezy Point beach clubs. What’s in? Tasty Cuban sandwiches, mouthwatering lobster rolls and pizzas with perfectly crisp crust.
Coney Island is looking good, too: One block off the boardwalk, look for the new branch of Grimaldi’s (1215 Surf Ave.) — and, later this summer, for oceanside outposts of Tom’s diner, from Prospect Heights, and Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe, from Park Slope.
All this means serious food to complement seriously gorgeous beaches.
We waded through the offerings to find food worthy of your sun-splashed weekends.
On the Atlantic Ocean, from Beach Ninth to Beach 149th streets, Queens; 718-318-4000; rockawaybeachclub.com
Rockaway Beach already was a food destination, following last year’s overhaul by managers Andrew Day Field and David Selig of Rockaway Taco, but now you’ll find even more vendors offering yummy treats on the boardwalk. Look for an uptick in food and drink between Beach 86th and Beach 106th streets in the three large permanent stands, and along the boardwalk in the form of carts.
At Beach 106th Street, Karen Griswold, 38, from Bushwick, races against melting time with her Mexican chili chocolate cone from Steve’s Ice Cream. “You can’t get this at any other beach,” the third-grade teacher says. “It’s delicious.” Other flavors include bourbon vanilla, salty caramel and cinnamon coffee ($4).
Inside the Beach 96th Street stand, Antonia Chabrowski, 34, orders lunch from husband Tommy, who runs the wildly popular Lobster Joint, an outpost of his Greenpoint restaurant. “He’s been surfing out here for almost 10 years,” she says. Now he’s another vendor, reveling in “the really nice vibe they get from the people at the beach.”
Also new in the same space, is well-kept secret DP Pizza and Pelicans Jungle II, which offers a gooey, spiced grilled-cheese sandwich for adults ($6) and other kicked-up American fare.
And if you’re in the mood for a drive-by fruiting, catch Shore Fruit riding by. It’s a Department of Health-approved bicycle vendor with a cooler full of water ($2) and fruit skewers ($3) — watermelon-pineapple-mango is the usual.