New York City Is Getting Its First-Ever Sonic Location… But You Have to Trek to Staten Island

The first-ever Sonic in New York City is opening on the far end of Staten Island this summer

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Before this upcoming location, the closest thing New York had to a Sonic location was in Newark, which is basically a sixth borough anyway.

Sonic, America’s classic drive-thru chain that’s beloved for its epic milkshakes and greasy burgers, has long been a mystery to native New Yorkers. That is, until now. Sonic will open its first-ever location in New York City this summer, probably in July or August, says Time Out Magazine.

Don’t get too excited, though: The new Sonic will be located at 148 Page Avenue, Staten Island, which, according to Google Maps, takes almost an hour and a half by public transportation to get to from Midtown Manhattan. In other words, that’s a serious trek for some regional fast food. At that point, you’d be better off taking the train to Newark, which would take only 20 minutes from door to door — or from Metro to milkshake.

If you are in the mood for some regional fast food previously unseen in New York City but don’t feel like making the epic journey to the far side of Staten Island,  Dairy Queen just opened in Union Square last year, and that’s a lot closer.

But come on: Sonic has alcohol, and of course, the peanut butter fudge shake. It could be worth that ferry ride. 


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