On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter
Since most who know me know that I rarely cook anymore, I've become quite an expert on where to dine around town. Whatever your culinary tastes, Rockaway Park does have much to offer for even the most discerning of appetites.
It's Sunday morning and you've effortlessly slept 'till the crack of
noon! The last thing you want to do is start cracking eggs and flipping
pancakes. The best solution that Rockaway has to offer is the Beach Club! The Good brothers offer the best brunch on the beach. With its "hotel-lobby" like ambiance, the Sunday newspapers await you on every table, and perhaps the
greatest photography collection depicting Rockaway's history. Their eclectic menu seems almost like an aside! In addition to the most diverse menu offering everything from cajun, Sante Fe Mexican, seafood, pastas, burgers and anything else you can think of, the Goods also offer a fabulous brunch featuring omelets made any way you like, bagels, lox, whitefish, pancakes, and Belgium waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped creme, just to name a
few! A new item on their "light menu" is a grilled Salmon over feta cheese and watercress salad with a light vinagrette. Sip Bloody Marys or champagne mimosas and gaze out at the roaring Atlantic from the veranda.
During the summer months they have the Tikki Hut where you can dine outside and listen to the sounds of Caribbean steel drum band music. If you use your imagination, you can feel like you're in Antigua!
Another nice place to dine outdoors is the Wharf, where you can sit out
on the deck overlooking the bay and watch the boats go by. I'd recommend anything on the menu. Stop by and see Edie Gallagher, her daughter Tish Downey, or have a drink with Walter at the bar. He tells the best Rockaway stories!!
For the finest Northern Italian cuisine, it's Tiberio's! A small
intimate dining experience where every dish is prepared to order. Although the menu is a la carte, it's well worth it! Try their Sole Livornaise, a sauce of capers, onions, black and green olives...You will be thoroughly satisfied!
For Southern Italian "soul" food it's Ciro's on 116 street. Sal and
Maria have been serving Rockaway Park for many years. The food is
consistently good and reasonable. Try their shrimp, eggplant, or chicken parmesan! They also have the best pizza. The secret's in the sauce!!
A landmark in Rockaway is the Snug Harbor! where you can simply close your eyes and point to anything on the menu! They also offer nightly specials off the menu as well. There is perhaps not another restaurant that is comparable to the quality. Try their Swordfish Bernaise, Sole Oreganatta, or any of their steaks or chops. They also have an extensive wine list and they know how to make the best Bloody Mary’s, sans or avec the vodka! This is a five star restaurant and a Rockaway culinary treat.
Other best bets around Rockaway Park are Rockaway Bagels for the best bagels and appetizing, the Ram's Horn Diner for the best Greek salads, homemade soups, spinach pie, and the thickest deli sandwiches. After midnight? They also have great late night snacks, burgers, and omelets.
And if you’re a coffee connoisseur like me, then it's Pickels and Pies! They use Vassillaro coffee (the best) and you can't get it anywhere else! Bon Appetite!!
****The raffle for a "Friend in Need" will be held on Saturday, October 30 at 9 p.m. at the Palm Garden Pub. First prize is $3,000 and there will be two second place prizes of $1,000 each. There are only 20 tickets left so contact James Conway Sullivan or Greg Angelou for details.
****Congratulations to Joseph Feria, who has secured a scholarship to Poly Prep. Joseph, who is the son of Felicia Rizzo, is considered to be one of the most dynamic players, offense as well as defense, for the Broad Channel Ponies team!
See you On the Beach!