One of my favorite parts of summer is taking the ‘A’ train out to Rockaway Beach in Queens.
I love watching the huge waves continuously crash against the shore and seeing all the surfers who come to ride them. It’s a relaxing escape from the city without even leaving its limits.
The weather today was slightly overcast and a bit chilly, but as you can see, that didn’t stop people from enjoying the Rockaway’s charms.
Typically I pack a little lunch for myself since most of the concessions usually involve fluorescent yellow cheese or dirty water hot dogs.
This year, however, the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach has been taken over by some of the best vendors in the city.
I was particularly excited when I heard that San Francisco-based Blue Bottle Coffee was setting up a beachfront shop. Their New Orleans-style iced coffee is the most perfect drink for the beach.
Just a few doors down is Rockaway Taco, the vendor who started this Rockaway revitalization.
One of our favorite restaurants has even been sucked into the surf, so to speak.
Roberta’s has teamed up with The Meat Hook to open Rippers, a surf shop meets burger joint that serves up twisted takes on concessions of yore. Go here for your hot dogs, but they won’t be rotating on a rusty grill all afternoon.
If you get a chance to head out that way, don’t forget your appetite along with your sunscreen.