ROCKAWAY'S GOT BREAKFAST

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Wondering where to eat after you wake up? Here’s the bread and butter of where to get a great breakfast on the Rockaway peninsula and Broad Channel. The Rockaway Times A-team, after being presented with the five-day challenge to sleuth out five hot spots, sampled breakfast to brunch, some with booze included, to wash it all down of course.

Day 1: The Wharf Bar & Restaurant — Could you resist having a delish breakfast or brunch, tickled by the summer breeze, while facing breathtaking views of Jamaica Bay and NYC’s skyline? This longtime, family-owned restaurant is literally a hidden jewel. Tucked behind the Shell gas station on Beach Channel Drive, it can be difficult to find, but so worth the hunt. Most popular brunch dish? Steak sumptuously marinated to perfection in teriyaki sauce, served with eggs and a side of toast. Chase it down with a poinsettia cocktail — think mimosa, but instead of orange juice, it’s cranberry spiked with champagne. Refreshing! Plus the staff makes you feel at home! Breakfast served every day. Brunch served on weekends 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash only! 416 Beach 116th St., Rockaway Park, N.Y./ 718-474-8807

Day 2: Bungalow Bar & Restaurant — Another great local bayside spot that has gorgeous views of Jamaica Bay with a casual vibe offering American food, drinks and live music. Highly recommended by our server, we had the Lobster Eggs Benedict, which is served over an English muffin, home fries and mesculin salad. Yum! Couldn’t resist Bungalow’s Pineapple Express, which consists of rum, Coco Lopez, pineapple juice topped with Myers Rum, all served in a colossal pineapple shell with rum-soaked pineapple skewers. Wow! Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 377 Beach 92nd St., Rockaway Beach, N.Y./ 718-945-2100

Day 3: The Restaurant — This long-time Greek family-owned restaurant has remained a staple in Rockaway Beach for locals, surfers and hipsters alike. The owners and wait staff carry that tradition proudly. Top breakfast dish? A simple, but well-seasoned, delicious eggs, bacon and home fries platter. Another favorite? A sinfully delectable waffle with ice cream, smothered in whipped cream. Longtime waitress, Colleen Michelle Haggerty, said, “Most customers are locals, but the beach goers love to grab their breakfast and go, as they ascend to the beach!” 86-05 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park, N.Y./ 718-634-5809

Day 4: Country Heart Cooking — This beloved cafe is located in Breezy Point, the western tip of the peninsula, but from the crowd, you can see it is a popular spot with both locals, snowbirds and those down for the day. This restaurant has physically been here for over 50 years, but has changed owners and evolved through the years. The atmosphere is cozy, and come on, this is Breezy, one of the most exclusive, but laid back areas on the peninsula with both ocean and bay access to residents. Break your morning fast with their scrambled eggs, home fries diced with peppers and onions accompanied by a side of toast, and leave totally equipped for the day! Note that though breakfast is served all day, they close at 3 p.m. 2020 Rockaway Point Blvd, Rockaway Point, N.Y./ 718-318-3445

Day 5: All American Bagel & Barista Company II — Whether you’re headed out to work early morning or coming in to Rockaway for the day, this eatery is a no brainer, located conveniently off the toll bridge. There is ample parking, plus the staff and locals are so welcoming, you immediately feel right at home! You must try their infamous rainbow bagel. My personal favorite was the whole wheat, decadently smothered with pimento cream cheese. Yum! There’s also a splendid plethora of grab-and-go items such as sandwiches, pastries and hydrating beverages. They also have a small indoor and covered outdoor area if you want to eat in. Great spot to either stock up on breakfast, snacks or grab a bite before or after going to the beach or work. 20-10 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel, N.Y./ 718-945-2233

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