Husband and wife Robert and Metta Kaskel opened Thai Rock in 2010, and their seaside restaurant remains a highlight of the area. Soak up views of Jamaica Bay or get soaked renting water-sports equipment. Hit hard during Hurricane Sandy, the boisterous shanty has since bounced back, hosting a steady stream of live music performances and private celebrations. A proficient kitchen cooks up Northern Thai standards like heady khao soi curry noodle soup and fried tiger shrimp with ground chicken. Cocktails are unabashedly geared toward the spring-break set, best enjoyed on the deck surrounded by crunchy som tam papaya salads, larb, and spongy Thai sausage.