When Clifton Dunn, an actor from San Diego, first moved to New York, he lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where he said he “was losing his mind just being surrounded by concrete.” He high-tailed it to the Rockaways, where he could live by the ocean, about six years ago. There weren’t many options for eating out back then. “There’s probably been quadruple the amount of businesses opened up since I’ve moved here,” he said.

Clifton Dunn, ocean manager at Skudin Surf and actor. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Clifton Dunn, ocean manager at Skudin Surf and actor. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Here are some of his favorite places:

“My favorite place is Uma’s. I used to work there. It’s amazing; it’s just a unique vibe because it’s Uzbek food. The food is great post-surf. It’s really filling, but they also have a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. They always play surfing on the projector. …

“[Another is] kind of a secret spot: Goody’s, which is a West Indian place. Oh my gosh, that place is amazing. They have awesome oxtail, jerk chicken, BBQ chicken. We do takeout and go to the beach. They’re fantastic, I highly recommend them. …

“A lot of people go to the [Rockaway Beach] Surf Club; a lot of the younger crowd from Brooklyn and Manhattan go there. …

“Some of the best chicken I’ve had is at Chicks to Go, a Peruvian place.”

See our foodie guide to the Rockaways.