When you’re down by the beach, the sunny atmosphere calls for a party. Place to Beach, a Mexican-themed bar and restaurant located on the Coney Island boardwalk, is the ideal venue for a good time.
Its large patio space behind the boardwalk entrance is where the party is at. Decked out in a white-and-blue nautical theme and enclosed by wooden fences, the space feels like a seaside getaway from the hustle-and-bustle of the rest of the city. When you look up, you get a superb view of the entire Luna Park amusement park, as well as the fireworks that are lit on Friday nights in the summer. And on weekend evenings, the space turns into a club, with a lineup of DJs and performers providing music and entertainment.
Best of all, Place to Beach, operated by CAI Foods (which also runs Cyclone Cafe and Coney’s Cones), keeps the food and drinks coming.
Its menu of refreshing frozen margaritas are made with fresh fruit, like cherry, mango, strawberry, and wild açai.
To pair with the booze, start off your meal with a cool Shrimp Ceviche, with a tangy tomato broth, baby clams, and peppers ($9.99). The dish will get your palate spiced up and ready for the finger-licking comfort dishes ahead.
The Nacho Supreme Chip Bowl is perfect for sharing with a group of friends. A massive heap of guacamole, pico de gallo, cheese, beans, sour cream, and beef makes for maximum chomping ($14.99).
Corn-on-the-Cob ($6.99) is another delightful appetizer to munch on, covered in Parmesan, cotija cheese, paprika, and smoky chipotle aioli—with the option of butter or mayo on the side.
The party would be incomplete without burgers and tacos. The Quesadilla Burger is an ingenious mashup of Mexican and American classics ($14.99). The Angus beef patty is seasoned with moreish taco seasoning (chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, and more), then served on a flour tortilla with generous amounts of melted jack cheddar cheese.
The Surf & Turf Burger, meanwhile, is a twist on the popular steak and seafood dish, with a smoky beef patty topped with a crab cake ($15.99).
The tacos burst with modern American flavors. The Angus beef short rib tacos are fork-tender, with the texture of barbecued brisket and bits of juicy fat. You can also get tacos with shrimp or pollock. These are lightly breaded and deep-fried, then drizzled with a wasabi aioli, which adds an extra punch (two for $8.99, three for $11.99).
Next time you’re down in Coney Island, you’ll find the party at Place to Beach.