A year after a wave of chow choices hit Rockaway Beach the scene has settled down, but a few newcomers have emerged this summer. One is Cuisine by Claudette, off the boardwalk toward the western end of the beachfront strip. The food’s mostly American with Mediterranean and North African accents; the daily-changing menu is heavy on salads and other vegetable dishes and might also include panko-breaded chicken cutlets, meatloaf with gravy, or chile-lime shrimp. You can order anything by the pound or get an entrée and two sides for under $14. shayneraze recommends roasted eggplant and peppers, butternut squash soup, and puff pastries filled with spinach and cheese.

Gone are some of last year’s popular vendors, including Thai standout Ode to the Elephants and Blue Bottle Coffee (though Steve’s Ice Cream, also new to the Rockaway lineup, brews coffee from Blue Bottle beans). Beachgoers can snack this summer on New England–style seafood at Lobster Joint, an outpost of a newish restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Beyond what it’s done for hounds, the chow upgrade of the past two seasons has led to a general spiffing-up of the boardwalk, loratliff says: “Looks like the addition of good food vendors has really revitalized the place.”

Cuisine by Claudette [Rockaway Beach]
143 Beach 116th Street (between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Rockaway Beach Boardwalk), Rockaway Beach, Queens

Steve’s Ice Cream [Rockaway Beach]
Rockaway Beach Boardwalk at Beach 106th Street, Rockaway Beach, Queens
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Lobster Joint [Rockaway Beach]
Rockaway Beach Boardwalk at Beach 97th Street, Rockaway Beach, Queens
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