The 10 Best Boardwalk Restaurants in Coney Island and the Rockaways
When the weather's nice, nothing beats a trip to our city's shores. Whether taking in the waning historic charm of a bygone era at Coney Island or parking yourself on a dune in The Rockaways, both beachside neighborhoods offer a heady mixture of fun and food. Here are the 10 best spots to indulge while enjoying these essential New York boardwalks.
10. Tom's Coney Island, 1229 Boardwalk West, Brooklyn; 718-942-4200
Located along the boardwalk at the corner of Stillwell Avenue, the interior of this offshoot of 78-year-old classic Prospect Heights diner Tom's Restaurant is understandably more modern looking than the original, but the same menu of tasty, grease-fueled Americana persists. Spend a morning peacocking shirtless on the beach and then enjoy a heady pork sausage omelet, or treat yourself to some totally-worth-it ocean cramps after downing one of the city's great egg creams and a breaded chicken cutlet sandwich laced with rich brown gravy.
The old boardwalk watches over Ruby's Bar & Grill.
9. Ruby's Bar & Grill, 1213 Boardwalk West, Brooklyn; 718-975-7829
Like certain retirement community lotharios, this sprightly 80-year-old is the life of the party. Pouring a frothy, frosty signature ale and serving up fried goodies from an attached snack stand, the boardwalk fixture now features wrought ceiling sculpture made from repurposed antique boardwalk planks. The menu's an edible time warp of state fair-style grub, but fried seafood is crisp and well-seasoned, and slushies, ices, and funnel cakes all hit the spot.
8. Williams Candy, 1318 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-372-0302
Sharing a small seating area with Nathan's, this is your go-to boardwalk candy shop, in business for over 75 years. Owner Peter Agrapides has overseen the operation for the past three decades, ensuring that his own fond memories of the shop -- which he visited as a child -- remain intact. Best-in-show are the rows and rows of candy apples, which are dipped in everything from jelly and sprinkles to chocolate and caramel.