In the past, Arverne By The Sea residents may have felt the waning summer season took the crowds away with it, but this year, some of the most prestigious and popular venues in the Rockaways are set to keep the party going. Thanks to some great waves and enthusiastic locals, places like Wildfeast at Riis and Playland Motel will keep on kicking as the weather gets colder. Grab some friends, loved ones, and neighbors, and head out to support your thriving community this fall and winter season!
Wildfeast at Riis
New life has been breathed into the historic, yet somewhat forgotten, Riis Park and Riis Park Beach Bazaar, and the fun is set to continue thanks to the popularity of the exceptional venue Wildfeast at Riis Beach. Visitors and Arverne By The Sea and Rockaway locals alike are thrilled to hear they can now treat themselves to this new restaurant’s menu anytime they like, located in the Iconic Bay 9 building at Riis Park. Offering up a delectable menu of local seafood, fresh produce, and pasteurized meats from their very own farm, the cuisine here is perfectly paired with craft cocktails and served under a heated grotto pavilion.
A major draw this summer for visitors from the big city and Rockaway, it had been more than two decades since Riis had seen so many visitors—thanks in part to the great weather, of course—but by and large drawn by the programming and high caliber of the food. With a year-long lease and a successful business model, the team decided to give it a go for fall and winter.
What makes Wildfeast at Riis so special? For one, the fish and game are all sourced locally, while the produce comes from their very own one-acre farm—which is part of the Peconic Land Trust of North Fork, Long Island. Expect to see summer favorites like North Fork lamb, clam chowder, and short rib sliders on the menu, as well as craft beer and cocktails. Patrons will be able to catch football and hockey games on the flat screen TVs throughout the fall season—the perfect way to cheer your favorite New York teams on to victory!
Oktoberfest at Wildfeast at Riis
This year, many locals attended the opening weekend of Wildfeast at Riis on October 10th and 11th. The venue was transformed into a Bavarian bazaar, and the menu included German classics such as schnitzel, bratwurst, hendl, charcuterie, and jumbo pretzels. Of course beer featured heavily on the day, with a special beer menu consisting of Oktoberfest classics such as Sam Adams Oktoberfest and pilsners.
If you missed Oktoberfest, don’t worry: there will be plenty of one-off events and programs run through the fall season. A Halloween dog costume party is in the works, as are plans for farmers markets, harvest fairs, Thanksgiving activities, and a crab boil.
Wildfeast at Riis will be open from 3 PM to 10 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and host 10 AM brunches on Saturdays and Sundays, featuring a traditional Irish breakfast. Parking will be free in the fall and winter season. For more information, visit the website at http://www.feastatriis.com/.
This art-boutique hotel is a local favorite, and has revamped itself this year for a more family-friendly approach. If you are looking for great atmosphere, and a place to catch football games this fall, head over for their $1 oyster NFL Sundays. On Halloween weekend they will be hosting an all-ages Halloween event. Friday fish fry nights and vinyl happy hours will also continue into the autumn this year.
For more information, visit the Playland website at http://www.playlandmotel.com/