Where to Eat in Far Rockaway: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Jasper Kershner

Far Rockaway is a neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula in the New York City borough of Queens in the United States. It is the easternmost section of the Rockaways. The neighborhood starts at the Nassau County line and extends west to Beach 32nd Street. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 14.
Things to do in Far Rockaway

1. Rockaway Taco

9519 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11693-1318 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating Mexican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 20 +1 347-213-7466
Excellent
50%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Rockaway Taco

Reviewed By shasta2088 - Rockaway Park, New York

In the summer of 2014, this "outfit"
moved to Beach 87th Street between Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Freeway (closer to the Freeway). More room to sit and enjoy (and wait for) the food. Fish tacos are the best anywhere and chorizo tacos (I'm told) are great too, both at $3.50....Drinks- juices are creative (lemon mint, watermelon, etc) but not cheap $5....guava and chips are amazing, sides like spicy cucumber and jicama are delicious......small bar right next door with adjoining entry. Locals (like me) are jealous this is only open May-early fall and lines can get long during busy beach days. Parking at a premium.

2. Giardinetto Restaurant

233 Doughty Blvd, Inwood, NY 11096-2104 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Italian Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 66 +1 516-371-0200
Excellent
49%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Giardinetto Restaurant

Reviewed By earladybon - Long Island

Went to this restaurant on the recommendation of one of our party. We had a reservation but were taken approximately 30 minutes later.

Several different dishes were ordered, however of the dishes, three came in missing items or special requests. My chicken valdestano was loaded with flour filled gravy and very tasteless and unappealing. Other's in my party felt the same way I did with an assortment of entrees. I had asked for pasta and parmesan cheese. The waiter spilled tablespoons of cheese in my lap. The evening seemed to be a fiasco.

Service was abrupt and non attentive. Even the head waiter who had taken some of the orders couldn't keep things straight.

I have written many reviews, most with happy endings. I can only say, I will not return to this restaurant anytime soon.

3. Traditions

302 Central Ave, Lawrence, NY 11559-1606 Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Kosher Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 516-295-3630
Excellent
42%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Reviewed By Jeffrey S - NYC

My wife and I took my mom here for lunch and were pleasantly surprised by the great quality of the food, and generous portions, along with very good service despite being understaffed. I say that because they had two party's going on at the time of our arrival with only one server, who was trying his best to provide good service but needless to say it was an obvious challenge for him.
This is a glatt kosher deli which are becoming more and more scarce these days. Wife and I both started off with chicken matzoh ball soup. It was excellent with a good tasting broth filled with carrots, chicken and a large but light and fluffy matzoh ball. My hot pastrami, corned beef sandwich on rye was delicious and stacked high, as was my moms schnitzel sandwich which came with home made hand cut fries. My wife had a large portioned tip of the tounqe which was lean and according to her very tasty. And of course they placed nice sized bowls of fresh coleslaw and pickles on the table, when we arrived. An excellent meal and the prices were moderate.

4. Lucky Boy Restaurant

636 Rockaway Tpke, Lawrence, NY 11559-1046 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Greek, American Lunch, Dinner +1 516-239-9352
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Lucky Boy Restaurant

Lucky Boy Restaurant has served The 5 Towns in the South Shore of Long Island and surrounding areas for over 30 years. From authentic Greek-Mediterranean cuisine to American classics and everything in between. Leave room for our homemade cakes, pastries and tarts that are the talk of the county! Also try our other restaurant Yiasou Cafe, which is located in Sullivan County, NY.

Reviewed By Mel1073 - Valley Stream, New York

Five of us came here for a birthday celebration. Although there is not much ambiance or parking , this place makes up for it in friendliness and yumminess! I highly recommend the stuffed eggplant and any of their desserts. There aren't many tables and it can be a bit of a tight squeeze but it is worth it!

5. The Upper Crust

442 Central Ave, Cedarhurst, NY 11516-1907 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available American, Italian, Pizza, Kosher, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +1 516-341-7211
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 42 reviews

The Upper Crust

Upper Crust, a popular Italian, Kosher restaurant first opened its doors in Cedarhurst, NY in March 2011 and has become a legend-dairy destination.

Reviewed By robodocny - New York City, New York

Pleasant staff. Not always attentive. Average

Food is decent. I'm not blown away by it. Average.

Portions seem to subtly shrink while prices don't.

A pleasant experience overall but not spectacular.

Would I go back ? Sure

Would I wait on line to be seated? No.

6. Dunkin' Donuts-Baskin Robbins

239 Beach 20th St, Far Rockaway, NY 11691-3625 +1 718-868-0448
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 2 reviews

Dunkin' Donuts-Baskin Robbins

Reviewed By EricoVerissimo - Sao Paulo, SP

Estava na praia e bateu a fone na turma. Dez minutinhos de caminhada e logo depois todos estavam a beira do bar comendo donuts e bebendo chas e smoothies. Muito bom

7. Surfside Bagels

9511 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11693-1318 Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 718-634-3196
Excellent
42%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Surfside Bagels

Reviewed By Amy S - New York City, New York

A reasonably good choice for a quick bagel and coffee. I think most of their business comes from commuters about to hop on the express buses (they have a tv screen showing approaching buses so you know when to run for it!). So they're pretty efficient. Bagels, multiple spreads, bagel sandwiches. Try the homemade bagel chips, if they have bags of them out; only $1 or 2 for a big bag, and they were great snacks and great for feeding birds on the beach.

Sure, I've had better bagels in Manhattan. But I think these are the best bagels in Rockaway Beach.

8. Ralph's Coffee Shop

2123 Mott Ave, Far Rockaway, NY 11691-3215 +1 718-327-9724
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By 494Gabriela - Tiradentes, MG

Descobri o café por acaso quando estava procurando a loja feminina .. O lugar é pequenino e muito charmoso .. Todo Branco e com alguns tons verde , a vontade e fiz essa vontade foi de ficar la curtindo o espaço e tomando um café que não é caro. Não tem muita opção para lanche.

9. Cho-Sen Island

367 Central Ave, Lawrence, NY 11559-1607 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian, Kosher Dinner, Lunch +1 516-374-1199
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Cho-Sen Island

Reviewed By Jeff K - Boca Raton, Florida

We had been there before but usually for take away.

The service was very good as was the food.


It's a bit chilly in there in the summer so bring a sweater to keep warm.

It's a bit pricey but there was at of food so we took as much home as we ate there.

Please hit helpful. And enjoy

10. Sherwood Diner

311 Rockaway Tpke, Lawrence, NY 11559-1121 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 516-371-4616
Excellent
29%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
11%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Sherwood Diner

Diner Resteraunt serving the community for over 50 years. 15 Minute Drive form NY JFK Airport (5 miles)

Reviewed By Steve K - Brooklyn, New York

Went to breakfast with my girlfriend. She is very fussy but gave her meal the thumbs up. I had a roll with two friend eggs and a large tomato juice.
Before we left I had to use the bathroom, as did my partner. To my glee it was spotless. I shared this with the manager.
I go here for lunch every three months with my good friend Jamie. We enjoy the company and the food. Service of course depends on your server.
No problem with the sherwood. They even let my cousin play mah jong in the back room.
A vestige if the glory days of goodfellas.

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