Rockaway Beach

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in gluten free grubbing | 0 comments


I’ve heard a bunch of rumblings regarding Rockaway Beach and it’s proximity to the city – making it an easy day destination during the summer when you’re looking to escape the sweltering NYC heat.

A friend of mine invited me to Wilbur Days a few weekends ago:

The selling point of the flyer? You guessed it – Rockaway Taco and Caracas.
I’m not going to lie, it was a huge pain in the ass to get out there. We went via subway (almost 2 hours) and went home via ferry (about an hour and 15 minutes). I don’t plan on going back anytime soon but if I do, I would definitely take the ferry. It will cost ya more ($30 round trip vs. $5), but at least you are outdoors, on a boat and have access to a bar.
We set up shop around 98th street. Most of the concessions are at 96th, and Caracas is located at 108.
I wasn’t a big fan of the actual beach at this particular part of Rockaway but everything is worth a try right?
First stop was the Low Tide Bar for a sangria slushy..

…which was refreshing and strong – perfect for a beach day.

Then we hit up Rockaway Taco:


The beach location doesn’t have a full menu – it’s very limited (no tacos!). However, I confirmed that everything they offered was gluten-free, including the tostada which I got:


Tostada w/ black beans, cabbage, cojita cheese & guacamole (gluten-free): There is some serious hype surrounding Rockaway Taco but I was less than impressed. To me, this was basically one large nacho, sans any chili or melted cheese.

Next time I will hit up the actual shop, which is about a 5 minute walk away.

Since I felt less than satisfied, I knew I had to hit up Caracas before I left, and that is exactly what I did.


We were running late to the ferry and the line for Caracas was huge, so I was left with few options. I scurried to the front of the line and offered to buy a gentleman’s food if he let me cut him. Yes, that is a true story.

I think he felt sorry for how pathetic I was because he just let me graciously cut him, no fee.

I had little time to think about what to order so I went simple:


La Pelua: shredded beef w/ cheddar cheese (gluten-free): Arepas are made out of corn flour so they are gluten-free, and I could not be happier about that. These things are beyond amazing. I wish I had a picture of its melty goodness but I ate that thing so quickly I didn’t have time. I’m not sure how I’ve never been to the NYC location but I am definitely making the trip there soon and trying the other varieties.

While I was causing ruckus over at Caracas, my friend was keeping her distance at Steve’s Ice Cream. She grabbed a scoop of coconut milk ice cream (diary-free, gluten-free)…

…which was perfect for her since she’s vegan.

We hopped in a taxi and made it to the ferry just in time. I put my feet up, my music on, and relaxed; taking in the beautiful views of the water:


The dog days of summer; gotta love em.

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Rockaway Beach: Queens, NY 11693, USA

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