Did you know that NYC is home to 14 miles of sandy beaches? No? Well if you’re just picturing Manhattan, I can see why! But when you include getaways like Rockaway Beach in Queens, Orchard Beach in the Bronx, and Coney Island in Brooklyn, the mileage really starts to add up. But wait, what about Staten Island? Surrounded by ocean between Jersey and New York Harbor, there should be something notable on its shores. Well there is and it’s South Beach….no I’m not confusing the Big Apple with Miami. This South Beach is about an hour away from midtown but 100% accessible without a car.
Just hop on the Staten Island Ferry and then a City bus to South Beach on
Seaside Blvd, one of NYC’s most spacious expanses of sand. While not so great for swimming, you can go beyond perfecting the tan, strap on your roller blades and test out their recently refurbished 2.5-mile boardwalk. And once you work up an appetite, South Fin Grill is right there with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Verrazano Bridge.
But just because the scenery is lavish doesn’t mean the food is an afterthought. No funnel cakes or hotdogs here! Fresh seafood is king from a raw bar to grilled fish like ginger soy Chilean sea bass. Their signature South Fin Sushi Roll refreshingly combines unagi and peach. Keep dessert on theme with a cheesecake spring roll drizzled in raspberry and mango sauce.
From the Staten Island Ferry Terminal take Bus S51(21 minutes) to Father Capodanno Blvd. and Sand Lane
photos courtesy of silive.com & South Fin Grill Restaurant