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The Beach Café

1326 Second Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.76735 -73.959359
at 70th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-988-7299 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Hamburgers, Italian
  • Price Range: $$

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Hours

Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri, 11:30am-midnight; Sat, 11am-midnight; Sun, 11am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 68th St.-Hunter College

Prices

$11-$25

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

65th St. to 75th St., York Ave. to Lexington Ave.

Profile

Oversize oil paintings depicting waterfront scenes decorate the exposed-brick walls of this American eatery, open since 1968—but, oddly, seafood isn’t the restaurant’s focus. Just a few dishes on the Beach Café’s please-all menu feature fish, including a decent pan-roasted Atlantic salmon, standard shrimp scampi over linguine, and an entrée-size shrimp Cobb salad. Needlessly dressed-up classics—like steak frites or linguini bolognese—make up the bulk of the offerings, along with familiar salads and club sandwiches. For a restaurant with crystal chandeliers, linen tablecloths, and tie-sporting waiters, it may be surprising to find that a humble hamburger is the menu’s sole standout—but the “Beach” burger, a juicy charbroiled beef patty, smothered with cheese and sautéed onions, doesn’t disappoint. With mostly mediocre food and notoriously slow service, dining here is no day at the beach—but for a simple burger in the area, this café will suffice.

Recommended Dishes

“Beach” burger with sautéed onions and cheese, $9.50

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