Welcome back, my friends – hope you enjoyed my Tropical Vacay in NYC Part 1!
I more than hinted then that I’d be back with more NYC adventures.
And I’ve already mentioned that we spent a few nights at Siri’s place in Brooklyn.
But how about the rest of the time?
Meet Gypsy – Siri’s friend Tanya’s houseboat!
You might not think of New York City as an obvious place for a mini-marina.
But Gypsy is docked in a sheltered little cove, in a corner of Queens across from Kennedy Airport, with boats of all sizes – from fishing skiffs to yachts.
And because Tanya travels a lot (she’s a trapeze artist!), Siri gets to spend a lot of time enjoying the houseboat life.
Since Gypsy‘s marina is only about five miles from the beach boardwalk where Siri has her summer pop-up store, Siri has done some thorough exploring for good eats and drinks.
Nothing fancy – just lots of fun, tasty food, with cold, summery beverages to wash it down.
Case in point: Rockaway Brewing Company.
A short walk from the marina, it features a great brew list, and a taco stand in the entrance courtyard.
Their long and varied on-tap list of specialty beer, ale, stout, and more varies seasonally, and they’re very generous with tasting samples.
Because of the heat, Siri and I stuck to the lighter brews (my favorite was the tangy, clean-flavored “Citron,” with “Da Beach” a close second).
The tacos had great flavor on their own, and went really well with the in-house brews. Plus, a couple of the choices for fillings – mushrooms and beef shanks – were completely new to me.
The next day, Siri and I enjoyed an early-evening meal at another easygoing spot, right on the ocean.
Handheld food was the order of the day here too, as we downed a few plates of pan-Asian buns with various fillings.
Siri and I decided to order up some ice-cold rosé, along with some canned Blue Moon beer, just for fun.
The cool thing here was that once again, as I’ve seen so often, any time you’re eating “beer food” – but you want to drink wine instead – give rosé a try.
And even if you dare to have the two together (yes, nobody even laughed at us with our beer and rosé side by side!) you’ll have fun bringing the malty flavors of one, then the fruity flavors of the other, to blend in with or play off whatever food you’re enjoying.
Try it and see!
Come back soon for Tropical Vacay in NYC Part 3 to continue our New York adventure with Siri and me.
Until next time, my friends, Happy Tasting –
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