The surest sign that summer has arrived involves a visit to Rockaway Taco. It’s been a year and a half since Hurricane Sandy clobbered the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens and while progress has been slow, I am relieved to see it nonetheless. An improvement we witnessed last weekend was the sand restoration project where bulldozers brought in mounds (ok, 3.5 million cubic yards) of sand to help the extensive beach erosion from Sandy. The boardwalk is slowly being rebuilt, but you can tell when it’s finally done it will be gorgeous. And while some are complaining, I commend the parks and local NYPD community who are doing everything they can to ensure proper maintenance of a safe and clean beach – because after spending all of this money to rebuild, why would you want to go forth and trash it?
The best part about a day at the beach is a lunch break at Rockaway Taco. The fish tacos are the only important menu item to order – perfectly battered with fresh fish, and not too fried. Make sure you add a dollop of guac and to jazz it up, help yourself to their secret brown spicy sauce from their condiment stand.
It is CASH ONLY – but they do have ATM to accommodate the forgetful. The line can get a little crazy starting at 12:30pm so plan to go earlier or later. If all else fails, Roberta’s parked themselves across the street. While I am a huge fan of the pizza, you have to feel a little sorry for the guys as they gaze on to a taco line that’s wrapped around the corner. In summary, it’s worth the wait.
How To Get There from Manhattan: Hop on the A train and get off at Beach 90 or 98 Sts, Bike (which is my next ambitious goal, but plan for at least a 2 hour ride), or if you are lucky enough to have a car (or parents who live nearby and don’t mind hitching you a ride:) you’re all set there, or I’m also a big fan of zip car.