Six Best Rockaway Beach Eateries To Visit in November

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Summer in Rockaway is nothing short of epic. But then October arrives with a chilly breeze and the sunbathers scatter like autumn leaves. With a deep exhale, Rockaway settles back into itself, a mellow town with an unparalleled view of the ocean. As the boardwalk concessions close down for winter, the griddles fire up and the locals gather for delectable meals. Here are the eateries worth the offseason trip.

Rockaway Beach Surf Club

alexander-rabbRockaway Beach Surf Club is a mural-heavy hub for summertime surf vibes and the wintertime popup eateries, Little Brother and Noodle Beach. Stop by the Sunday Market,12-4pm (through November) for locally sourced cookies, seasonal veggies and handmade soaps. The bar is open all winter, so say cheers.

Open: Fri + Mon 5pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-12am, and Sun 12pm-9pm.

Get here: Take the Far Rockaway-bound A train to Broad Channel, transfer to the Shuttle, hop off at 91st Street and walk east to 302 Beach 87th Street.


Little Brother

In the back of Rockaway Beach Surf Club you’ll find Little Brother, serving up healthy (mostly organic) breakfast items with a twist. Try the yogurt and granola topped with cardamom and gooseberry, or the English muffin egg sandwich that gets a weekly update.  Check their Instagram to see what’s new on the menu. Swig back a coffee and get out there for a surf lesson with Locals Surf School.

Open: Fri-Mon 8am-11am until December.

Get here: Take the Far Rockaway-bound A train to Broad Channel, transfer to the Shuttle, hop off at 91st Street and walk east to 302 Beach 87th Street.

Noodle Beach

This is Rockaway Beach Club’s other popup. Warm up with a steaming bowl of Ramen piled with seasonal vegetables ($12), or the Chorizo Noodle Bowl ($9) topped with a zesty mix of pickles, scallions, chili garlic, and lime. Sides include Corn with Chili, Lime and Yuzu Salt, and Sesame Miso Cabbage ($3 each). Noodle Beach is brought to us by the team behind popular Tacoway Beach.

Open: Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-5pm, Mon 5pm-10pm until December.

Get here: Take the Far Rockaway-bound A train to Broad Channel, transfer to the Shuttle, hop off at 91st Street and walk East to 302 Beach 87th Street.

Whit’s End at Riis Point

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In a sun-warmed room in Jacob Riis Park, young families lunch, bed-headed hipsters brunch and chefs whip together dishes you’d never expect to find all the way out here. Try the fresh Croissant with Prosciutto Cotto, enhanced with green tomato and arugula and drizzled with savory hot sauce. Chomp into the towering MacDonalds – house sausage and fried egg on a thick crumbly biscuit. Dig into a wood-fired pizza ($10-18) for dinner – just, don’t ask for slices! Check Instagram for menu updates and Riis Park Beach Bazaar for upcoming events.

Open: Thurs, Sun, Mon 5pm-10pm, Fri + Sat 5pm-12am for dinner. Sat + Sun 11am-3pm for brunch. Open all year.

Get here: Take the Q35 to the Marine Pky/Rockaway Point Bl VI stop, or the Q22 to the Beach 169 St/Rockaway Point Bl stop. Walk toward the western end of the parking lot and onto the boardwalk, 16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY 11694.

Rockaway Beach Bakery

Envision a coffee in one hand and a warm slice of cinnamon-sugar croissant loaf in the other as you gaze at the ocean. The menu changes daily (check Instagram), depending on Chef Tracy’s experimental whims and what customers are salivating for. You might find pecan-topped sticky buns, cider donuts fried to order, or salted caramel croissants. After breakfast you could even play a casual 18 holes of golf next door (Riis Park Golf Course or go whale watching (Gotham Whale).

Open: Wed-Sun 8am-12pm. Closed all winter.

Get here: Take the Q35 to the Marine Pky/Rockaway Point Bl VI stop, or the Q22 to the Beach 169 St/Rockaway Point Bl stop. Walk toward the western end of the parking lot and onto the boardwalk, 16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY 11694.

Edgemere Farm

farmNestled in the residential grid of Far Rockaway, Edgemere Farm is a community green space that is a breath of fresh air. The growing season is winding down, but their events continue, with the Hot Sauce Contest and Chili Cook Off scheduled on Nov 18th at Rockaway Brewing (enter here).

Get here: Take the Far Rockaway-bound A train to Broad Channel, transfer to the Shuttle, hop off at 44th Street and walk 5 minutes to 385 Beach 45th Street.

Photo credits: Alexander Rabb, jeffreyw,Michael Rudin and Annie McBride

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