5 Beachside Restaurants Near NYC

Most people don’t associate New York City with breezy beachside eateries, but we’re here to tell you–you can have your cake (NYC!) and eat it too (the beach!) There are tons of beaches surrounding NYC, many of which are accessible via public transportation. Packing a picnic is a nice idea, but as you’re carrying beach gear on the subway, the last thing you want to do is schlep a cooler full of food and drinks along. To help you enjoy your day at the beach, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite beachside restaurants for you to enjoy this summer.

Colorful beach chairs and umbrellas in the sand at the Playland Motel restaurant's outdoor beach area
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If You’re Going To Rockaway Beach

The Playland Motel feels like Williamsburg transported itself to Queens, but the hipster vibe lives on! They’re cool, laid back, and the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are fabulous for Instagram photos! Portions here are huge, making it the perfect spot to go after hitting the waves all day. The menu features beach favorites such as lobster rolls, beer steamed mussels, and vegetarian gumbo. Not to mention, with a cocktail named the Painkiller, you know you’re in good hands!

Are You Visiting Brighton Beach?

If so, you’ll have to stop by Randazzo’s Clam Bar. Opened in 1932, this fourth generation family restaurant serves up some classic beach favorites.  Whether you order their fried calamari or famous red or white chowder, the food draws people in and keeps them coming back. The vibe is super casual, making it the perfect spot to wind down a sandy and salty day on Brighton Beach.

A waiter taking a family's food order at Surf's Out Restaurant outdoor seating area
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Headed to Fire Island?

Surf’s Out is noted as Fire Island’s best restaurant for lunch and dinner. With live music, Taco Tuesdays, and Shipwrecked Sundays (i.e. a bottomless brunch with a live DJ blasting all your favorite summertime songs for $40!), it’s easy to see why it’s such a hit. Menu standouts are grilled brie cheese (yes please!), classic mahi mahi, and their “trimmed beach grass”, known as “salad” for New Yorkers. If you’re looking to hold an event with a beachy feel, Surf’s Out offers catering options, too!

Drift Into Orchard Beach

Original Crab Shanty is located in City Island, Bronx, and is a local favorite to stop by after a long day on the hot sand. Serving the best Italian seafood in the Bronx since 1977 (just look at their website!), this laid back beachy spot has every kind of seafood and pasta you could imagine!

Nathan's Famous storefront on the boardwalk in Coney Island on a sunny day
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Stay Local in Coney Island

Nathan’s Famous may be a bit of a cliche, but just like how you can’t go to Times Square without going to Junior’s for a slice of the best cheesecake ever (at least I can’t!), you kinda can’t go to Coney without going to Nathan’s. The fare here is super basic, franks and french fries and all the fixings, but it’s really the perfect spot to grab some food and stroll down the boardwalk before hitting up The Cyclone.

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