As any New Yorker knows, there comes a day each year when the snow begins to melt, the birds begin to tweet, and the sun begins to glow just a few degrees warmer—enough to warrant shedding those winter layers and heading outdoors to make the most of the city’s beautiful spring weather. Spring, many would argue, is the right time to be in New York City with its perfectly pleasant temperatures, cool breezes, and buzz of activity as its once hibernating parks, beaches, and outdoor eateries yawn, stretch, and reawaken. As Rockaway Peninsula gets ready for another vibrant summer, local residents at Arverne By The Sea make the most of that wonderful time when the sun is shining, but tourist numbers have not yet reached their peak: the spring.
One of the most wonderful parts of living at Arverne By The Sea is being outdoors and enjoying incredible seaside, waterfront, and city vistas. If you are aching to get outside and enjoy every minute of fresh air, there is nothing more delightful than alfresco dining. Whether you are new to the area or have been living on the Rockaway Peninsula for years, here is the hit-list of top alfresco dining spots to visit this spring:
When Bungalow Bar starts to run its extended spring and summer hours, it is an official invitation to enjoy alfresco dining, complete with remarkable views of Manhattan as seen over Jamaica Bay. Whether for lunch, dinner, or brunch, this family-friendly restaurant packs plenty of atmosphere, transforming into a fun night spot in the evenings. Lots of special events make for excellent excuses to pay Bungalow Bar a visit the minute the days start to lengthen.
377 Beach 92nd Street
Thai Kitchen by the Sea
Fresh and authentic, the food here is the real stand-out, only closely outdoing the delightful seaside atmosphere. As an extra-special touch for the very first alfresco diners in the springtime, cozy blankets are provided for warm and cuddly evenings over delicious dishes such as traditional chicken satay, Pad Thai, pineapple fried rice, drunken noodles, and warm coconut pudding. As a year-round restaurant, when the patio tables come out, Arverne By The Sea residents know that spring has official sprung.
67-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Tacoway Beach and Rockaway Beach Surf Club
Forget about waiting for the summer solstice—that feel-good summer feeling used to start the minute Rockaway Taco opens up for business each spring, which is exactly why fans across the city were devastated to learn recently that it is closed for goods! Never fear, you can still count down the days until once again sampling tasty tacos, quesadillas, and freshly pressed juices by visiting part owner Andrew Field’s new Tacoway Beach joint within the Rockaway Beach Surf Club—as an added bonus, you can now enjoy beer, wine, and cocktails with your meal.
302 Beach 87th Street
Connolly’s bar springs to life every Memorial Day, and keeps on kicking through Labor Day. The best place to enjoy their famous frozen drinks is on the outdoor deck. Bring a jacket or sweater, and take advantage of having the place all to yourself—as come summer, this is one hopping local venue!
155 Cross Bay Parkway
Playland Bar & Motel
There is no better place to sip a designer cocktail with your toes in the sand and grab a bite to eat than The Playland Motel. With guest rooms and a full bar, plus lots of events all spring and summer long, this is where Rockaway comes out to play.
97-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Why wait for summer? When spring weather rolls into town, it is officially time to enjoy all of the natural splendor of the Rockaway Peninsula. Start with this list of alfresco dining options and feel free to add a few of your own for the perfect spring list of bars and restaurants to try nearby Arverne By The Sea.