Updated: Food options near Fort Tilden


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With summer getting into full swing, Fort Tilden makes for an alluring and more laid-back alternative to the beaches just a bit east. This remote section of Gateway National Recreation Area makes for an ideal day trip, accessible by either weekend ferry service or the NYC Beach Bus. However, the food options are limited, but good.

The first choice is Maria’s Famous Breezy Dog Food Truck. Home of the amazing and eponymous hot dog, Maria’s truck is situated on Rockaway Point Boulevard, just west of the Marine Parkway Bridge outside Fort Tilden. Maria’s is also home to the best milkshake on the peninsula, and boasts a selection of 100 flavors. The menu also includes burgers, fries and snacks. The truck has just been upgraded and now also has soft serve ice cream. There is a shaded seating available adjacent to the truck.

A short walk outside of Fort Tilden, into adjacent Riis Park, you will find the Riis Park Beach Bazaar. Similar to the concessions found in Rockaway Beach, the food options here include The Brooklyn Star, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue. There will also be live music on most weekends.

The Sugar Shack

The Sugar Shack

A half-mile west on Rockaway Point Boulevard is the Sugar Shack. Situated just inside the main entrance to Roxbury, the Shack has a breakfast menu of coffee and muffins. The lunch and dinner menu is more expansive, including sandwiches, fries, pizza, and there is outdoor seating available.

Pebbles Pub, Roxbury

Pebble’s Pub

A few steps away from the Sugar Shack you will find Pebble’s Pub. For a cold beer and basic pub fare, Pebble’s can’t be beat. Meander a bit towards the bay for a spectacular view of the Marine Parkway Bridge.

Another mile west on Rockaway Point Boulevard brings you to the Breezy Point Shopping Center. There is a small coffee shop, The Blarney Castle for a quality pub meal, and Deidre Maeve’s Supermarket. Deidre’s has a full deli counter serving breakfast and lunch, with fresh bagels and rolls available. Best of all, sandwiches at Deidre’s are made from freshly sliced cold cuts, which is getting to be a rarity in the rest of New York City.