There is a constant hustle in New York, and one of the best ways to escape the hectic day is a walk along the beach. Instead of waiting for warmer weather or a vacation, New Yorkers can head to one of these beachy restaurants. By John Friia
357 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Named after a quaint island known for its gnarly waves, Reunion Bar is an oasis for beach lovers looking to escape the business of the Manhattan. As people descend down the ocean blue stairs, they will notice an abundance of surf boards, bikinis and signs pointing to Malibu and Montauk. Réunion continues to deliver the beach vibe with their impressive cocktail list, including the Shark’s Blood, made with rum, orange juice, grapefruit juice, allspice liqueur and a red wine float.
320 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
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The sunny shores of California can be found on the Upper West Side at Playa Betty’s. From the blue wooden ceiling that looks like waves, to the surfboards on display throughout the restaurant, it’s the perfect place to chow down on California-style beach food — including eight signature tacos, guacamole and queso.
Otto’s Shrunken Head
538 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10009
The laid back island vibe of the South Pacific can be found in the Lower East Side at Otto’s Shrunken Head. For more than 15 years, this tiki bars fuses flavorful rum cocktails with fun and lively music. New Yorkers can order drinks while enjoying open mic nights, poetry, literary reading, filming screenings and karaoke night featuring a live band every month. Check schedule for details.
Surf Bar Restaurant
139 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
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Across the East River is a beachy wonderland filled with sand and summertime fun regardless of the season. People can feel the sand between their toes at Williamsburg’s Surf Bar Restaurant. Check out their full menu of tiki cocktails and summer bites under a ceiling full of surf boards and walls decorated with beach-themed souvenirs.
Pizza Beach Club
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From those sweltering days to the blizzards, it is always sunny at Pizza Beach. Diners can hang ten and enjoy their wood oven-fired pizzas, and sip on their creative cocktails. Pizza Beach offers various specialties, including the Lamb Merguez and Oaxaxa Cheese topped with grass-fed lamb, shishito peppers and fresh cilantro.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.