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Neighborhood Eats: Burger Buoy Brings the Deli to the High Seas


A beautiful day on the boat during the summer months can be most enjoyable. But then your stomach rumbles and hunger sets in, turning a great day into a short one. The thought of traveling back to shore, docking and eating on land seems like a dreadful but necessary venture.

That’s where Burger Buoy comes in.

A few weeks ago, Burger Buoy took up “float” in Freeport and became the most boater-friendly deli around.


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“We took an old houseboat and converted it into a full-service deli,” says Jim Stiene, owner of Burger Buoy. “Boaters can call in an order over the phone or radio or even text it and can either pick up or have their order delivered.”

The idea to have a floating deli wasn’t just an idea born yesterday. Stiene had researched the idea for some five years before purchasing the BB1 houseboat and transforming it into a floating deli. As far as on-deck food, menu items include A&S bagels of Franklin Square, which are picked up daily.  Franklin Square’s Tulip Caterers provide their famous coleslaw and salads, Boars Head cold cuts and hot dogs.

“Try a Buoy Burger, I designed it,” says Stiene. “It’s a six-ounce burger on a Kaiser roll with bacon, cheese, coleslaw and cucumbers.”

For dessert, Stiene provides Circus Man ice cream and Rita Italian ices. And Nuzzolese provides the ice sold in 10-pound bags.  Of course if you need to add a little pep to your step, “Burger Buoy offers tea and coffee too,” says Stiene.

At the moment, Burger Buoy is operating Friday, Saturday and Sunday through July and from Tuesday to Sunday in August, and servicing a fraction of the Atlantic. “Right now we are operating out of the West End Boat Basin at Jones Beach,” says Stiene. “And anywhere within a half mile radius of our boat, we will deliver for free.” As far as the future? According to Stiene, another Burger Buoy boat is in the works.

Burger Buoy
West End Boat Basin (Short Beach)
516-582-2500 / Channel 73
www.burgerbuoy.com

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