Thai Rock: This place rocks

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Now there’s another reason to go to the beach – even in the off season.

That’s right folks – Thai food and rock and roll.

Thai Rock on Rockaway Beach, where the food rocks — and so does the music – offers Rock and Roll Friday and Saturday; Jazz Sunday and karaoke Monday.

Come for the paintings alone – they are displayed in their own special space. Geoff Rawling is the artist.

Drive to Far Rockaway – go down Cross Bay Boulevard, past Howard Beach – breeze through Broad Channel, pay the toll, cross the bridge, stay left and you’re there – Thai Rock & Roll – a new compelling place to eat on the water – not to be missed.

You can literally eat outdoors while gazing out on the water, sky, bridge and dock. This is Queens – too good to be true.

The food is amazing — everything you expect and more. We ate appetizers including fried tofu with peanut sauce, crispy spring rolls –carrot, cabbage and bean noodle — Curry Puff (sweet potato, peas and carrots) and vegetable dumplings. All were beyond good. Each dish is homemade and served with ginger, peanut and chili sauces.

Our main courses, recommended by Robert, our host and owner, who with Meeta his partner and wife runs a great establishment, were Big Bowl (steamed shrimp, glass noodle, baby corn, white onion, shitake, ginger, bell pepper and scallion with sesame oil in white wine sauce) and Flying Tiger – a marinated strip steak with sticky rice. Both dishes were exceptional.

The dessert was an awesome way to end to the meal – Bangkok Ice Cream – coconut or green tea ice cream with Lambutan.

The music started at 10 p.m. We sat outside on a large open deck surrounded by water – with drifting clouds – attended to by our wonderful server Joanne. Sometimes life is perfect.

Thai Rock

375 Beach 92nd Street, near Beach Channel Drive,

Rockaway Beach

Phone: 646-455-3991

thairock.us

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.

Weekends noon to 11 p.m.

Bar open later

Handicap accessible

Private parties

Eat-in/take-out/delivery

All major credit cards accepted