2009-07-31 / Business News

The Wharf Restaurant

Rockaway's 'Secret Spot'


The best option of all is to come by boat — since The Wharf has its own landing dock. Operators of fishing boats, kayaks, jet skis and yachts are welcome to dock and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Boaters from all over the area call this restaurant a favorite destination. Last summer, writers and photographers from the New York Times visited Rockaway Park and discovered The Wharf. They spoke to diners at the restaurant, who said that it's "a beautiful place to eat, watch the lovely sunset, have a couple of drinks … The staff is wonderful, the food is good. It's like a little mini-vacation." Others who visit the establishment comment that "there's no other place quite like it" The best option of all is to come by boat — since The Wharf has its own landing dock. Operators of fishing boats, kayaks, jet skis and yachts are welcome to dock and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Boaters from all over the area call this restaurant a favorite destination. Last summer, writers and photographers from the New York Times visited Rockaway Park and discovered The Wharf. They spoke to diners at the restaurant, who said that it's "a beautiful place to eat, watch the lovely sunset, have a couple of drinks … The staff is wonderful, the food is good. It's like a little mini-vacation." Others who visit the establishment comment that "there's no other place quite like it" It's tucked away on a spectacular slice of bayfront at the foot of Beach 116 Street. You can't even see it from Beach Channel Drive. Yet locals know where to find The Wharf Restaurant of 416 Beach 116 Street, a favorite place to meet for a meal, drinks, live music or to look out at the great views of Jamaica Bay from the huge open-air deck. A covered pavilion juts further out on the water, offering a shady spot to dine, as well. It's tucked away on a spectacular slice of bayfront at the foot of Beach 116 Street. You can't even see it from Beach Channel Drive. Yet locals know where to find The Wharf Restaurant of 416 Beach 116 Street, a favorite place to meet for a meal, drinks, live music or to look out at the great views of Jamaica Bay from the huge open-air deck. A covered pavilion juts further out on the water, offering a shady spot to dine, as well. To enter by car from the westbound lanes of Beach Channel Drive, turn right into the driveway of the gas station next to Duane Reade, and you will see "The Wharf" painted on the side of the building on the bay, and an ample parking lot nearby. Or, just walk in. To enter by car from the westbound lanes of Beach Channel Drive, turn right into the driveway of the gas station next to Duane Reade, and you will see "The Wharf" painted on the side of the building on the bay, and an ample parking lot nearby. Or, just walk in. The Wharf is open year-round, and books popular live music acts on weekends and holidays, including local favorites like Wine With Sue, Indaculture and Wax-R-Back. This Friday, local entertainer Dave Delaney, Jr. (of the Rockaways' Delaney family) will be performing at 8 p.m. The Wharf's kitchen is open from 9 a.m.- 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. - midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The bar is open for drinks even later. Call 718-474-8807 for reservations and information on upcoming events. The Wharf is open year-round, and books popular live music acts on weekends and holidays, including local favorites like Wine With Sue, Indaculture and Wax-R-Back. This Friday, local entertainer Dave Delaney, Jr. (of the Rockaways' Delaney family) will be performing at 8 p.m. The Wharf's kitchen is open from 9 a.m.- 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. - midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The bar is open for drinks even later. Call 718-474-8807 for reservations and information on upcoming events.

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Granted the view is great however the management is severely lacking.
We ate there in a large group and found the service disorganized,and disinterested not just understaffed. Since when does a bus boy carry plates individually to a bus tub and apparently unable to fill water glasses? People were made to wait in line next to tables seated, while the bar was empty. Correct me if I am wrong but this is no way to make people comfortable or make money. The chicken dishes were reviewed as such "the toughest chicken I ever had in my life." The fish tacos were pleasant but not what the menu or waitress described. We attempted to get refills from the empty bar twice and could not get attention there either. Half the entrees arrived well after the other half. Looking around I don't think we were alone in this situation.
We were brought by locals at before the rush, I hate to think what the people in that line experienced.


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