The end of summer is nearing…*sobs incoherently*…so I’m trying to get every bit of beach time possible before this cold NYC weather sets in. I was born and raised in NY, but I’ll never get used to the cold. Must be that Caribbean and Central American blood flowing through my veins. Whatever it is, I’m built for warm weather so I try to get my vitamin D fix whenever I can which is why the hubs and I headed to Rockaway Beach for the weekend for some sun and relaxation…and food, of course food.
As some of you already know, I love brunch. Even if I’m not in NYC, I’m looking for a good brunch spot so you know I had to find a good gluten free brunch spot for the weekend. I was excited to find this little gem, Community House in the Rockaways which accommodated my dietary requirements.
If any of you are familiar with the Rockaways, you may be aware that several great restaurants, food shacks, and coffee shops have popped up over the last few years. There has been such a transformation in this area. It was a cool area before, but now it’s, dare I say, Brooklyn hipster-ish, but WAY more laid back which is more my scene.
After a nice morning walk and quick stop at a local coffee shop, we saw a sign for Community House and decided to try it out for brunch. This place is so dope. When you walk in, there is a nice, large dining and bar area. There is additional dining in a back room which is available for rent if you have a special occasion.
Once you walk through the inside of the restaurant and out to the back, you’re greeted with the real beauty of Community House. There is a huge outdoor area with comfy lounge seats, tables, TVs, a stage for live performances, and games! They even have showers and lockers for day trippers who come straight from the beach and want to change and eat. While we waited for our food, we played Connect Four which is my shiznit! Unfortunately, it turned out to be a tie between hubby and I, but it’s all good.
For brunch, I ordered chorizo sausage with scrambled eggs, black beans, and homefries. I informed the server that I had celiac and required everything to be gluten-free. She checked with the chef to confirm my menu choice was sans gluten which is always appreciated. If I go to a restaurant and the server isn’t sure about the gluten situation, but doesn’t bother to ask the chef, I know it’s time to leave.
There is no doubt I’ll be back to Community House. The outdoor area is heated in the winter so I’ll just grab a blanket, find a comfy lounge seat, and sip on a hot toddy! Good gluten free brunch, great atmosphere, outdoor area and friendly staff…sounds like my kind of good time.
Any of you ever been to Community House in the Rockaways or have other suggestions? Let me know in the comments!