What to eat at Fort Tilden Beach

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Playlist from wherever you’ve been, week 19: 190. King 191. Fonda Garibaldi 192. Shukette 193. Niche Niche 194. Emmett’s 195. Keens 196. Terre 197. Thai Farm Kitchen 198. Beyti Turkish Kebab 199. Jimmy’s Famous Heros

“Are you Jimmy?” I asked the person who was clearly the owner of Jimmy’s Famous Heros in Sheepshead Bay. It was 10:30 am on Memorial Day and my friends and I stopped for sandwiches before heading to Fort Tilden. “I’m Victor,” he said. “I’ll show you who Jimmy is.” I was waiting for my sandwich to be assembled anyway, so I went with it.

“Jimmy is a good date,” Victor began as he walked up to the wall where there are a bunch of photos, trophies, and scrapbooks. Victor pointed to Jimmy in the center of a black and white photo of five men cheerfully standing under a sandwich menu. “We were here in 1977 – sandwiches were a dollar.”

Jimmy, second from left.
Photo: Tami Tekle Mariam

Still pointing, he continued, “Do you see the time on the clock? Ten after eight in the morning. See all the men smiling? There’s no coffee in those cups. They were already drinking!” Victor recalls with a chuckle, though I’m sure he’s reading these A story that has been carefully rehearsed a thousand times a year. However, I can say that Jimmy & Co. have been heroes to many.

I just signed out with my own hero – chicken cutlet, mozzarella, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, basil cream sauce, And the Vinaigrette—plus a small can of cannolis and one fist-sized rice ball, but Victor was already telling us back explaining that Jimmy’s would welcome back the annual Eat Champions Contest, which has gone on a hiatus during the pandemic. He flipped through one of our old photo-bound scrapbooks and assured us we had a chance to win. He also confirmed that it is free.

Champion from Jimmy.
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It was such a good thing that we got those sandwiches because there were absolutely no compromises at the entrance to Fort Tilden, which was not only a problem for anyone wanting soft service by the ocean that day but also a missed opportunity with so many people flocking in for the holiday . I can think of a million food trucks that would like to be invited to stand there, and I can think of more people who would specifically go to the beach to try some great food.

We caught up with some friends, and I immediately shared the cannoli so they wouldn’t die in the sun. Not long after I prepared my towel and chair, I unwrapped the lid of my hero, who had been completely soaked in oil and vinegar at that point—a winning beach lunch that faded into six or so hours of sunbathing and hydration.

At some point in the afternoon, a topless woman from the group next door offered me a slice of lemon-and-chocolate candy she had made for her birthday, but the cake wasn’t exactly what I craved. Instead, I woke up when I heard a bellowing, “Ice cold nutcrackers!”

But I was also skeptical in light of the changes that have swept the illegal liquor industry in New York in the past two years. While I appreciate that I can now pay with Venmo, the improvement in the market has led to higher prices and quality control issues.

The day before, while relaxing in Brighton Beach, I had bought one bottle of unfrozen ‘Frozen Margherita’–honestly described as ‘Jose Cuervo and Margarita Mix’–for $15. It tasted like Lemon Pledge. And in Fort Tilden, the first seller we met seemed pretty polished. Instead, we waited for a second supplier, who sold me the still icy Blue Hawaii for $10. she was very Blue – the best color – and has hints of an artificial coconut flavor, which I didn’t think about origin much because it did its job of masking the alcohol flavor and paired well with my SPF scent.

$10 off blue hawaii.
Photo: Tami Tekle Mariam

I asked the seller how the business is going. He said he had a lot of clients, but he was arrested running the same rhythm yesterday by the NYPD beach team. “They took my picture and let me go,” he explained. “Fuck them guys. I’m still here today.” We thanked him for his service and had our drinks.

About five we were back in the car tired, tanned, and hungry again. We needed something simple, so after throttling some traffic lights on the way out of the park area, we arrived at Lucia Pizzeria on Avenue X, an excellent chip shop I discovered in mid-February, shortly after it opened.

A slice of Lucia’s of Avenue X.
Photo: Tami Tekle Mariam

There was no queuing, but a lot of people obviously passed by that day because Lucia had sold out from every spring special on the list. Clam pie is a Friday-only option, so that was off the cards anyway, but since my first visit – when you could only have waffles, slices and knots – the menu has been augmented with such delicacies as homemade mozzarella sticks, calzones, and potato pie And onions that were not available to those who arrived after six. I’ll take it as a reason to come back soon.

We got a vodka pie with pepperoni – a scattering of delicious little basil leaves was an excellent touch – and grabbed an outside table at the intersection of X Street and East 22nd Street. I loved how the golden hour light lit up our pizza and thought of the cold shower I was taking home before I fell into bed After the first long weekend of summer.

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