Thanks to what may be the city's most seasoned coal-fired ovens, the iconic shop continues to serve up a true heritage product, with puffy, charred crusts supporting bright sauce and dabs of fresh mozzarella.
Mexican Restaurant in Rockaway Beach, NY, United States
The wood hut that houses Rockaway Taco stands a block away from the boardwalk, dealing in hella righteous California-inspired tacos (Baja-style fish is a necessity). Fresh watermelon and pineapple-mint juices make for perfect warm weather refreshment.
Fast Food Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, United States
Although now best known for the national brand's hot dog eating contest, the flagship's post-Sandy rebuild included the addition of a raw bar -- an initial feature of the restaurant that was axed in the 1950s.
For the sheer amount of people the place serves on a nightly basis, warhorse dishes like beef braciola, shrimp scampi, and the eponymous fettucine verdi al Gargiulo satisfy both hunger and nostalgia pangs.
Pouring a frothy, frosty signature ale and serving up fried goodies from an attached snack stand, the boardwalk fixture now features wrought ceiling sculpture made from repurposed antique boardwalk planks.
American Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, United States
Spend a morning shirtless on the beach and then enjoy a heady pork sausage omelet, or treat yourself to some totally-worth-it ocean cramps after downing one of the city's great egg creams and a breaded chicken cutlet sandwich laced with rich brown gravy.