The 10 best places to eat and drink around Rockaway Beach

Pair these frozen drinks, pints, burgers, dogs, ceviche and empanadas with your swimsuits, sunscreen and floppy hats. - There’s a bunch of ways to do a beach day in NYC: You can eat a big breakfast before, pack snacks and fill a flask, turn it into a whole weekend of glamping, or plan your own tasting tour.  Rockaway Beach has options each way, and its surrounding restaurants and bars have some of the best frozen drinks, tacos and burgers of any beach in town. Here’s everywhere to eat and drink when you’re surfing and sanding in the Rockaways. 

The Rockaway Hotel Rooftop

One of the newer additions to the area, the sprawling Rockaway Hotel opened last September, making this The Rooftop’s first full summer in operation. Hit the 6,000-square-foot, sixth floor space for skyline and ocean views, raw bar and cocktails.


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10 New Venues in New York for Summer 2021 Meetings and Events

Take a peek at these buzz-worthy restaurants, hotels, meeting and event spaces and more recently opened in New York. - Here's a closer look at New York's newest eateries, drinking spots, hotels, conference areas, private rooms and other spaces available for events this summer. The new and renovated New York venues are available for corporate parties, weddings, fundraisers, outdoor functions, business dinners, team-building activities, conferences, meetings and more.

Margie’s opened in May on the ground floor of The Rockaway Hotel. It is an ideal gathering space for cocktails for as many as 100 guests or sit-down dinners for 88. Helmed by IGC Hospitality, the restaurant offers its guests a menu filled with American classics, including steaks, pasta, main dishes and a raw bar with oysters, shrimp and seafood platters such as The Kraken, which includes king crab, lobster tail, tuna poke and more for up to eight guests. The 84,000-square-foot Rockaway Hotel has 53 guestrooms and 16,000 square feet of outdoor space. Other unique rentable areas include The Rooftop, a 6,000-square-foot space with gorgeous views of Manhattan, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean that can accommodate 300 for cocktails. The 2,300-square-foot Ocean Terrace can hold 75 seated guests or 100 for a reception.

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Baxter St's Benefête Brings the Party to Rockaway Beach

On June 18, New York's creative community came out to Rockaway Park to attend Baxter St on the Rock, the 137-year-old photographic arts incubator's fourth annual fundraiser to support its Workspace Residency Program, exhibitions, grant-making program, and conversation series. The event was held safely across 16,000 square feet of outdoor space at the newly built Rockaway Hotel with live performances by Black Thought, a DJ set by Questlove, Menahan Street Band, KIRBY, Derrick Adams, and Dave Guy. This year's festivities honored Harper's Bazaar editor in chief Samira Nasr, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, and the emerging photographer Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. To celebrate the occasion, Baxter St alum Ivan Forde also unveiled a 90-foot-long mural on the hotel's facade. Attendees incuded Shantell Martin, Zoe Buckman, Titus Kaphar, Kennedy Yanko, Rashid Johnson, and more.

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The Top 10 Hotels in NYC for Couples!

Imagine yourself about to go on a beautiful vacation, and you’ve planned for weeks, and you want to have the most romantic vacation imaginable to please your loved one. Now imagine that you have forgotten to book the hotel. It happens; you get busy. But now it’s almost time to go on vacation, and you’re hunting for the hotel in earnest. You want something romantic and sweet, something to give you a break you will never forget. Unfortunately, not having the right hotel can ruin your vacation quickly and make it go from romantic to a flop. However, by choosing the best and following the tips on this list, you will be giving your loved one the best vacation imaginable.

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Rockaway Hotel Kicks Off Summer Music with Lewis del Mar

This weekend, the band Lewis Del Mar returns to the neighborhood where they converted a beach bungalow into a music studio after touring the country in a station wagon playing dive bars. Here, they surfed, soaked up many dimensions of creative inspiration, and recorded “August,” their critically acclaimed second studio album. Late afternoon on Saturday, June 19, the duo—childhood friends Danny Miller and Max Harwood—kick off the Rockaway Hotel's live summer entertainment on its sundeck. The show anticipates their U.S. fall headlining tour in support of “Bouquet,” their May 2021 EP and follow-up to “August.”

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Where to Go on a Date This Summer in NYC

After swiping right, keep the heat going with these summer date ideas. New York City is opening up again, and so are your options. If you’ve recently been through a COVID breakup (they’re Pfizer, you’re Moderna—you were star-crossed lovers!), if you’re in dire need of some fresh dating ideas post-quarantine, or if you’re just really, really, really ready to make out with strangers again, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to make dating in NYC as fun as it can possibly be. 

Have a hot dog eating contest for two at Coney Island’s minor league baseball stadium, order one ice cream float with two straws at the Ample Hills’ co-founders new sweet spot, or go full-court romance with a classical music concert lit only by candles. We can’t promise your date will be actually cool, but at least the venue will be!

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The 25 hottest new hotels on the planet ranked by the 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards

2021 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards -  Is your wanderlust cold and dormant? These hotels might warm it up a bit - because they are the top 25 hottest new hotels on the planet, as ranked by the 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards. The list was determined with an algorithm analysing non-large chain hotels that opened July 1, 2019, or later and received a high volume of positive reviews and ratings.

Needless to say, every inch of those that have made it into the coveted hall of fame is insta-worthy, from a 'perfectly positioned' hotel in Manchester to an 'urban beach getaway' in New York, and from accommodation in Santorini that's like being 'inside a postcard' to a jaw-dropping Balinese eco-retreat. As Tripadvisor says, 'these newly established boltholes are what vacation dreams are made of'. Here we've presented the ranking in reverse order, so the further you scroll, the more fired up your wanderlust is likely to get...

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15 Exciting New Restaurants Open in Queens Right Now

Reinvented American classics at the Rockaway Hotel - Since the pandemic hit NYC last year, countless restaurants, including those in Queens, have adapted to the new reality of ever-changing guidelines, and despite all odds, they continue serving up inventive new fare along with comfort food classics. Here, Eater is highlighting exciting, recently opened establishments in Queens — offering a mix of outdoor seating, indoor dining, delivery, and takeout, that have opened in the last few months.

Added in June: Margie’s (the Rockaway Hotel’s take on new American cuisine)

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Margie's Opens at The Rockaway Hotel

Heading to the beach, you might want to head to Margie's serving up reinvented American classics at The Rockaway Hotel.  The restaurant is named after Margie Murphy, grandmother to Dan and Terence Tubridy, third-generation Rockaway Beach residents and founders of IGC Hospitality which operates the hotel. The restaurant is also paying homage to the Rockaway Beach community with its beachfront decor and an emphasis on seafood.

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The East Coast Beach Hotels You Need to Visit This Summer

For the best in beaching this summer, hit up the east coast. These hotels offer the ultimate in vacationing. - The Rockaway Hotel, Queens, NY - With 53 guest rooms and 8 long-stay residences, The Rockaway Hotel, which opened in September 2020, is set to enjoy its first full beach season. This hotel is perched just blocks from Queens' famed Rockaway Beach and offers guests a heated rooftop pool, complimentary bicycles, and indoor/outdoor dining. Guests can even learn to surf the legendary break with in-house surfing lessons.

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Hottest New Hotels For 2021

Hottest New Hotels for 2021 - While 2020 may have been the strangest year for travel yet, it didn’t stop new hotels around the world from continuing to pop up and open their doors to travelers.

Now that a sense of normalcy begins to return and international travel is on the horizon again, no doubt you’ll be looking for inspiration on where to head off to. Let this list of the Hottest New Hotels, according to Tripadvisor travelers, be your guide. From a gorgeous seaside paradise in Santorini to a cultural art haven in Kyoto, these newly established boltholes are what vacation dreams are made of.

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Condé Nast Traveler - The Best New Hotels in the World: 2021 Hot List

For the 25th edition of the Hot List—Condé Nast Traveler’s picks of the year's top hotel and industry openings—these 69 winners represent the best of the best. - This year’s annual Hot List of the best new hotels from around the world is a story of resilience. Despite enormous hardship in the travel industry, exceptional properties have continued to open across the globe (nearly a thousand last year in the U.S. alone). As always with this endeavor, each of the 69 picks on this year’s list was safely vetted by our international network of correspondents. But as we’ve learned in the past year, everything is connected, which is why we’ve also expanded the scope of hot to include restaurants, transportation, and destinations, as well as more news we’re excited about set for later this year. In spite of it all, these new hotels represent a success story all on their own. We think they’re a pretty great way to mark the 25th anniversary of this list.

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10 Reasons NYC Will Be Better Than Ever This Summer

As New Yorkers get a taste of spring’s much awaited warmth, it is clear that NYC is coming back as alive as ever. 2020 took a toll on the city, but resilient residents are ready to be outside, gather and celebrate life. And with news of a full reopening by July 1st, the promise of a summer we’ve all been waiting for is finally in sight. AHL East Coast Editor Ernesto Roman shares what's on his radar.

The Rockaways

Beaches and pools officially reopen Memorial Day Weekend for some much vitamin D. The NYC Ferry offers a one hour ride from Wall St Pier 11 to the Rockaways. You can even bring your bike along and grab a cheeky beer from the concession stand. By the beach you’ll find The Rockaway Hotel with a heated pool, rooftop restaurant and bar with DJs and live entertainment on the weekend.

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The 21 Best New Hotels of 2021

CHECK INTO ONE OF THESE PROPERTIES ON YOUR NEXT GETAWAY - It’s hard to imagine a more challenging time to open a hotel than the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but over the past year hundreds of new properties swung their doors open. While it was anything but business as usual, these places offered oases for stressed-out parents, quarantining family members, and overloaded essential workers. Now, as we look optimistically forward, they’re providing vacation-planning inspiration for all kinds of travelers. From a renovated Swedish lighthouse to a Sonoran Desert stargazing hub, these 21 hotels await your arrival with open arms.

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19 Sun-Soaked Rooftops for Eating and Drinking Outdoors in NYC

The best spots for making the most of rooftop season - Outdoor dining set-ups have considerably leveled-up over the last year of the pandemic, from cordoned-off sidewalk stools to full-blown outdoor dining rooms. But for the few months of warm New York weather known as rooftop season, some of the best outdoor seats to be found are atop breweries, bars, and restaurants. Below, Eater maps 19 shaded, sky-high spots in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

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16 Best New Boutique Hotels in the U.S.

Boutique hotels have a special magic that often makes for unforgettable getaways. Though they may not offer the expansive grounds, amenities and pampering service that some of our favorite resorts and grand dame hotels do, the best boutique hotels are filled with stories—those of their creators, their locales and the travelers who’ve passed through—as well as soulful intimacy, perhaps some whimsy and, likely, a youthful, ever-so-chic vibe. They often feel like “the place to be,” without attracting too much of a scene. Below are 16 brand-new (or recently renovated) boutique hotels to have on your radar in the U.S. that promise gorgeous interiors, hidden gems and unique experiences—bright with possibility for a summer, fall or future escape close to home.

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Travel + Leisure "It List 2021"

Editors' Picks of the Best New Hotels in the World - Rising out of a funky, low-slung beach bungalow community, architect Morris Adjmi designed the Rockaway Hotel as a first for New York City: an upscale, design-forward beach hotel.

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The Rockaway Hotel Hosts Lilac Jam Kickoff Event

Industry icons and local artists working in a diverse range of mediums including poetry, music, dance, acting, comedy, DJing, activism and other performative arts gathered together at one of NYC’s leading cultural hubs, The Rockaway Hotel. The evening was a culmination of creativity to uplift both the artistic community hit hard by the pandemic, as well as audiences who have been waiting for a transcendent and thought-provoking live experience - something that has been greatly missed this past year. Brought to you by the Wide Awakes Collective and hosted by visual artist Zoe Buckman and musician Max Milner, the Lilac Jam series is a monthly cultural event at The Rockaway Hotel in the hotel’s vast outdoor and ventilated spaces. 

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Men's Health

How to Crush Your Cold Weather Outdoor Workouts Safely - I was able to give winter surfing a try through an opportunity provided by the excellent Rockaway Hotel, which partners with the Locals Surf School in Rockaway, New York to offer stay and surf packages year-round. Before I took the frigid plunge, I had to suit up in a wetsuit, hood, boots, and gloves, all of which were 5 to 7 millimeters thick to help to keep water out and body heat in.

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Why Boutique Hotels Will Be Top of Mind for Event Pros in 2021

With smaller gatherings still the norm, these 18 boutique hotel properties are primed for socially distant meetings. - These smaller, personality-filled properties—which typically have 100 or fewer guest rooms—may historically have been overlooked in the event world in favor of amenity-rich chains with large ballrooms and flexible breakout rooms. But with reduced guest counts during the pandemic, boutique hotels are increasingly becoming a go-to option for small, safe and socially distant gatherings of all types.

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Hospitality Design

The 22 Best Hotel Openings of 2020 - The Rockaways are located in Queens, but the relaxed atmosphere of this bungalow beach enclave feels worlds apart from its fast-paced Manhattan neighbor. For The Rockaway Hotel, New York firms Morris Adjmi Architects and Curious Yellow Design created a getaway that honors the local community and its pervasive surf culture through the likes of zinc paneling and abundant greenery...

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14 Couples Retreats Near NYC That Make for the Perfect Weekend Getaway

Here are a handful of romantic couples retreats near NYC that make for a perfect long weekend trip, whether you’re looking to explore a new destination or cozy up in your hotel room. 


This stunning new hotel opened up towards the end of the summer season during the pandemic, so it’s been slightly under-the-radar until now. For couples looking to stay closer to home—but wanting the feel of a far-away place—it’s a fantastic option that’s less 90 minutes from Times Square via subway, or even quicker in an Uber, car, or by ferry.

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Hospitality Design

For Art’s Sake: 3 Hotels Put an Emphasis on Artwork: One of the first pieces of art encountered at the Rockaway Hotel is the photograph Sessions End, revealing two dedicated surfers trudging through the snow with their boards in tow. The work of local photographer Susannah Ray, it provides a portal into the passionate, year-round surf culture that grips the Rockaways, New York’s beach hideaway.

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Condé Nast Traveler

A Staycation at The Rockaway Hotel: After being cooped up in a tiny apartment for so long, I have been craving a staycation at a hotel—somewhere with endless space to roam safely, and a place I could relax in new serene surroundings. The newly opened Rockaway Hotel seemed like the ideal local getaway for me. It opened during the summer and quickly became a hot spot in Queens for locals and tourists based in New York City, thanks to easy access via public transport; you can take the A train or hop on a ferry to reach it. The hotel is also a one-minute walk away from the popular Rockaway Beach.

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The Rockaway Hotel Is More Than Just a Summer Scene: Against all odds, the 53-room hotel, which boasts 16,000 square feet of outdoor space—a luxury for any building in New York City but a necessity for one that opens amid a pandemic—is up and running, offering outdoor and indoor dining (at 25% capacity) and hosting small, socially distanced yoga classes on sun decks lined with heat lamps overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The 84,000 square foot space, which was designed by Morris Adjmi of the Wythe Hotel, occupies an entire block on Beach 108th Street, just a few bungalows away from the ferry landing on the bay and the boardwalk along the ocean.

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Interior Design

Rockaway Hotel Captures the Laid-back Essence of the Queens Shoreline: In 1977, when Queens natives the Ramones released “Rockaway Beach,” the punk band’s classic paean to the borough’s oceanside neighborhood, it was against a backdrop of high crime and low budgets. Fast forward to 2012 and, like much of the city, the working-class riviera—the largest urban beach and boardwalk in the nation—had gone from worn-out to welcoming. Then came the epic devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Eight years later, rebuilding efforts are nearing completion. And now comes a crowning jewel, the Rockaway Hotel, which embodies the coastal getaway’s restored charm and relaxed aspirations.

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CNN Travel

New York City's only surfing beach is finally primed for overnight tourists. "You can't just make a surf break. It's either there or it's not," Jon Krasner, one of The Rockaway Hotel's partners and owners, explains. Terence and Dan Tubridy, brothers and third-generation Rockaway residents, are the hotel's other partners, along with Michi Jigarjian.

Not surprisingly, expect to find the requisite surf shops and surf crowd who have either decamped permanently to the Rockaways to divide their time between well, surfing, and whatever work will keep them afloat (sorry, not sorry!) or who won't hesitate to play hooky if the surf looks promising.

"I had three friends today call in late to work, to come surfing in the morning and then they jumped on the ferry to go into work," Krasner says.

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Beach Vibes Continue Year-Round at the Rockaway Hotel (the boutique beachside hotel is accessible by Subway and is spotlighting the community's local arts appeal): Although the summer season has come to a close, the Rockaway Hotel is inviting guests to visit the beach year-round. The boutique hotel — one of the few options in Rockaway Beach — opened Labor Day Weekend and is aiming to create a year-round cultural hub for the low-key beach community, which is easily accessible from New York City. It’s certainly closer than the far reaches of Long Island.

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Guest of a Guest

How The New Rockaway Hotel Snagged Some Of The Best Art In The City: When you think about it, hotels have never just been "places to sleep." Through the centuries (and perhaps even millennia), they've not only served as lodging for travelers, but also as community gathering spaces - places to socialize, hubs of culture. With travel on hold for many New Yorkers, the tradition of turning to a hotel in your own backyard has become more relevant than ever. At the newly-opened Rockaway Hotel in the beachside oasis of The Rockaways, Queens, you'll find a celebration of local culture and community, along with a much-needed change of quarantine scenery. 

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A New Hotel in Rockaway Beach Still Has Plans to Open This Summer

The city's economy is on pause but the owners of the new Rockaway Hotel are moving ahead with plans for a grand opening sometime in July. "I think we all feel lucky, in a position as New Yorkers to help lead the charge on how businesses can open in the future after corona,” said Jon Krasner who is part of the team behind the new Rockaway Hotel.

The year-round hotel will have 53 guestrooms, plus eight extended-stay suites.

All will offer views of the ocean or the Jamaica Bay.

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