Rockaway Taco’s temporary replacement, The Summer Shift, isn’t the only change of scenery on Beach 96th Street. Where Veggie Island once stood, a new endeavor is serving up breakfast burritos and a pita/taco hybrid that may just ease the disappointment of those in search of Rockaway Taco’s Baja-style goodness.
Matthew Blance, who opened Conchos on the beach at 106th Street and then last year expanded to Beach 97th with CitySticks Parlor, has spread out some more, opening Anna Bow inside of the tiny perch at the corner of 96th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
This new endeavor specializes in coffee from Variety, juices, smoothies, breakfast burritos and the aforementioned pita tacos. If you’re the type who’s already visited Rockaway’s new yoga studio, you shouldn’t let let the words “breakfast burrito” scare you off – Blance assures us the menu is “light and healthy, something that isn’t really available in the Rockaways right now.” (Though, of course, La Fruteria has reopened for the season over on the new boardwalk.)
The pita tacos ($5-$7) consist of thin, six-inch Demascus Bakery pitas folded taco-style and filled with combos such as: chicken breast with chipotle mayo, grilled fish with pickled pineapple and red cabbage slaw, a smashed chickpea that Blance describes as a “halfway hummus,” and bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado. The sizable flour-tortilla burritos ($8) contain black beans and your choice of stuffings such as bacon, egg, and cheddar or green pepper, potato, sausage, and Oaxaca cheese.
There’s bar seating and a couple of tables, and come June you’ll be able to walk your ‘ritos across the street to Rockaway’s new palm-tree paradise.
Anna Bow, 9519 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach; open 7am – 6pm daily.