Lobster Joint, and of course, Rockaway Taco.
Although the more popular (and original) Rockaway Taco stand is a few blocks away, when your goal is a shorter line, beach access, and super-satisfying bites sooner rather than later, this stand is your spot. Despite the name, the outpost doesn't serve any actual tacos, but diners have a choice of tostadas with (our favorite here with the pickled vegetables, cabbage, beans, and guac) and flautas with or without chorizo. Also not to be missed is the guacamole (family-sized pictured here) and whatever fresh juice is on hand for the day (watermelon among the options when we stopped by). If you're headed to Rockaway Beach for the day or just need an excuse to escape the city - a pitstop (or end goal) of Rockaway Taco is an absolute must.