New York City's beachfront communities have been luring hot city dwellers during the dog days for summer for decades now. The recent resurgence of delicious places off the boardwalk only means that adults and children alike have more options to choose from when spending the day in Coney Island or Rockaway. Here's a list of great spots perfect for lunch after getting off the train or the necessary dinner before heading back to the grind.
Walk along Surf Avenue and you'll happen upon Denny's, a tiny booth serving up fried delights and better soft serve frozen custard than anything else you'll find on the boardwalk.
When Brooklyn's Italian-Americans want to enjoy a nice relaxing meal in Coney Island, they stop by Gargoiulo's. The menu's a bit pricey, but you won't find better baked clams anywhere else.
Generations of New Yorkers have finished off their Coney Island beach days (and sometimes snow days) with a trip to one of the pizza greats, Totonno's on Neptune Avenue.
Sure, it's not directly by the beach, but if you're in Coney Island, the raw oysters alone are worth skipping over to Randazzo's in Sheepshead Bay.
The Wharf is where you go when you want to forget you're in New York City. Right on the water with great views and spectacular food.
Irish Circle may not be on par with Per Se, but it's definitely where the locals go for pub grub and a quick round.
Who better to serve up the perfect fish taco than someone who surfs the South Seas all winter? Rockaway Taco's spot-on fare alone makes the train ride worth it.
The epicenter of hot dogs, New York City's beach culture, and ridiculous eating challenges is at Nathan's Famous on Surf Avenue.
Dalton's Seaside Grill is definitely the place locals go when they want a more upscale dinner with well-made cocktails. The menu is geared towards lovers of the Irish pub with a plethora of seafood options.