As if the Ramones exhibit wasn’t enough, here’s another reason to have “Rock, Rock, Rockaway Beach” stuck in your head: the folks at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar have announced their lineup of food vendors, and it’s got us slathering sunblock on our wind-chapped faces.
Here’s what’ll be new this year when the sun-in-the-fun offshoot of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar (RIP) returns to the Jacob Riis Park boardwalk on Memorial Day weekend: Max and Eli Sussman, the brothers who were previously chefs at Roberta’s and Mile End, respectively, are opening beachside outposts of their two Berg’n booths: the Detroit-style “coney” (i.e. chili dog) stand, Ed & Bev’s, and the Middle Eastern shawarma stand, Samesa. Whitney Aycock, Rockaway’s “pizza Nazi,” will be doing a version of Whit’s End, his popular Neapolitan nook adjacent Playland Motel. Coney Shack will be serving the southeast Asian tacos for which its truck won a Vendy Award.
Among the pop-up vendors that will dot the boardwalk are lemonade fixture Lizzmonade; frozen fruit-on-a-stick vendor Trop Pops, whose cart you may have spotted at Artists & Fleas; Jamaican food vendor Mighty Edible; Long Island-based coffee roaster East Coast Roast; longtime Rockaway favorite La Newyorkina, the paletas maker you also know and love from Smorgasburg, Hester Street Fair, and other markets; and Clean Shave Ice.
A couple of Rockaway neighbors are joining Whit’s End in expanding, as well: Cuisine By Claudette has a Moroccan-inspired brick-and-mortar on 116th Street, and The Paleo Factory makes frozen “superfood mousse desert made with bare ingredients” (if that means anything to you? It’s a Paleo thing.)
Returning champions include Wild Feast Foods, Fletcher’s BBQ, Ample Hills Creamery, Bolivian Llama Party, ByTheBeachCocos, and Night Bazaar favorites Oaxaca Taqueria. For better or worse, it seems Brooklyn Star and its chicken and waffle cones are no longer in the mix.
As for the free Saturday and Sunday concerts, the schedule so far leans heavily on local beach-music favorites like Simon & the Bar Sinisters, The Supertones, and Indaculture.
Riis Park Beach Bazaar, open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 11am-8pm Saturdays and Sundays (and holidays), noon-8pm Monday through Friday.