Riis Bazaar is proud to announce its off season restaurant partner, The Dropout – an exciting restaurant headed by Chef Julia Steinberg. 2019/2020 will mark Julia’s return as our offseason operator, having run the kitchen to raves 2 years ago. Born and raised in Rockaway, Julia’s impressive background includes running kitchens for Rockaway Seafood, Whit’s End and Red Hook Lobster Pound. In addition to the above, Julia accelerated her personal culinary training at Chef’s Club here in NYC under Chef Didier Elena, where she studied a more traditional approach to fine dining. Julia also regularly hosts solo pop-ups at local eateries which routinely sell out within hours of their announcement. Over the years Julia has developed her own personal touch of service, style and farm-to-table consciousness, which reflects in her menu design and dining experiences. We very much look forward to hosting Julia’s return as our off season restaurateur and executive chef.

The Dropout will open Friday September 13 with HOG WILD – a full on beachfront outdoor pig roast with 1 lb of whole cooked hog, 2 sides and cornbread, live music and plenty of spirits courtesy of our offseason bar, Riis Point. Please get your tickets online and make sure you reserve a spot here. We are also very psyched to be bringing back Saturday and Sunday Beachfront Brunch – one of the most unique and gorgeous brunch experiences NYC has to offer! Initial days of operation are Thursday through Sunday, with Saturday and Sunday brunch service from from 11am – 4pm while dinner will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 5pm – 10pm. Longer weekend hours and bar specials will be offered throughout the off season. Brunch launches Saturday September 14th while dinner service begins September 19.

Operating from September through May, The Dropout will feature recipes from Julia’s personal playbook, bringing back fan favorites like her spicy fried chicken sandwich as well as continuing interesting twists on old classics. The menu will change weekly, rotating seasonal offerings such as sautéed pork fat edamame, heirloom tomato w/ garlic sauce, charred broccolini, whole fried porgy and much more.  

Each off-season, Riis Bazaar transforms our summer hub at Riis Park’s iconic Bay 9 Art Deco pavilion into a gorgeous seaside destination for curated food and drink with flat screens showing football, hockey, basketball and more…all within our heated dining room featuring breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Heading into our 5th off season, Riis Bazaar has established itself as one of NYC’s premiere oceanfront dining and event spaces, having been lauded as a foodie destination that’s helped make Rockaway a next “hot” neighborhood in NYC.  The Dropout at Riis Bazaar continues our tradition of offering up a fun (and delicious!) beach get-away, any-day, 12 months a year. In addition to The Dropout and Riis Point, we also feature one-off, fun, programming through the entire off-season, including food themed events like Hog Wild and our 5th annual Oktoberfest – NYC’s first and only oceanfront Oktoberfest – happening this year October 5th and 6th. Other activities in the works include music from local and visiting artists, game nights, a local holiday market and many more reasons to visit the beach year-round

Accompanied by spectacular views and Riis Point’s specialty cocktails, The Dropout at Riis Bazaar offers Rockaway and NYC-at large, A Reason To Enjoy The Beach Year Round!! 

And don’t forget – parking is FREE now through Memorial Day 2020!