HELP in City Island
The weather is getting nicer and I am interested in going to City Island for lunch ... either weekdays or on weekends .... The places I have tried in the past aren't worth going back to... Are there ANY good places to eat lunch on City Island ???????
My favorite City Island summer haunt is one of the few non-specialty seafood restaurants. The Black Whale, located on the avenue somewhere in the middle, has a great eating garden, very friendly service, good food and you'll probably meet a whole different set of people, mostly City Island day-trippers, antiquers and local artists who realize the weak links of City Island's more famous waterfront seafood houses. I like Johnny's Reef a lot too, more for drinking a beer on the patio than for anything else. I'd stay far away from the soft shell crabs and stick with fried shrimp or cod - something safe.
Does this mean you don't like Johnny's? (I enjoy it because of the seagull-feeding). And i guess you're not into the luncheonette next to the bridge. I've eaten at a few CI places. Crab Shanty was nothing special, but i didn't have crab (or lobster). I had lobster once at a place i can't remember the name of. (Big help, huh?). They have a big lob. tank near the entrance. That was ok. I'm guessing the super-expensive places are good, but i've never gone to them and never will. Wherever you go, don't drink the water. Last i heard, CI had a very high rate of babies born with autism, which was traced to the H2O. Bon appetit!
By the way, i love City Island, despite the H2O problem. But, then again, i'm just a sucker for funky, kinda rundown Cape Coddy places. If you really can't stand it, go on a fishing boat! Have you ever been to Crystal Beach, Ontario (near Buffalo)? It's on Lake Erie and a little like the town in the Popeye movie, but i like it, anyway. Back to CI: i still think any place with a $15 or less lobster deal (quick! before they become extinct!) is a good bet. Happy chowhounding!!