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City Island -- Johnny's Reef vs. Tony's -- thoughts?

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The two rival seafood shacks at the end of the main drag in City Island -- any thoughts, which is better, for which food? I think the one is called Tony's, other is Johnny's Reef. They seem identical, nearly... Thanks!

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  1. me i'm neutral but i can tell you JOHNNYS is generally preferred by all.

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    1. re: mrnyc

      Are these places better than Randazzo's in Sheepshead Bay? That's a fun family old time-ish place, I like it coming back from the beach but the food, oy vey.

    2. I perfer johnny's over tony's any day only because johnny's has the best tarter sauce.A few years ago I might have gone with tony's because they had bigger shrimp but now they are about the same in size.

      1. You go to either of them for the atmosphere, not the food, which is, at best, acceptable.

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        1. re: KRS

          The atmosphere?thats a wild statement,the food is the perpose of this topic.But if you wanna discuss the atmosphere don't forget to mention how both are usually over crowded with a mob of people blasting 20 different types of music all at the same time in a small parking lot,which is probably annoying to some of the people who are on the outside trying to sit down to talk and eat with their families and friends trying to enjoy the boats pass by.And in the inside its usually hardly any space to get around without bumping into somebody which can be fustrating when you drop your lunch/dinner on the ground.

        2. We are big fan's of Johnny's. It's simple and honest, and the seafood is pretty consistently above average. Best of all, everything is fried to order and the oil is fresh and sweet. We had some scallops a couple weeks ago that we are still talking about. We also love the $3 sangria.

          It's noisy and busy, but I would not call it chaoitic -- everything is supremely well organized for getting you the freshest food. It's a little thing, but I appreciate how all the posted prices include tax, so there's no fumbling at the register.

          We've been saying we should try Tony's, just to be sure, but a little jaunt out to Johnny's is a favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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          Johnny's Reef
          2 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY 10464

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          1. re: Amelia Eve

            You have to go to Johnny's as long as you are in the mood for lots of fried food washed down with a cold beer. It's no frills and "atmosphere" consists of seagulls overhead circling for leftovers.

          2. Johnny's hands down.. I'm a native Angelino, and when I go to New York to visit family we usually find a way to fit Johnny's into our itinerary!!! (when they are open of course)

            1. Johnny's Reef is the best...... no place like it. Been going since I was a kid..... 40 years... Beats the hell out of Sheephead Bay, San Francisco. Great food. During the summer, best to go week days. Weekends are a madhouse on the one lane roads in City Island...

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              Johnny's Reef
              2 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY 10464

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              1. re: MrTasty

                As a resident of CI, Johnny hands down. The shrimp are fresher and better. But I woundn't call it great seafood by any stretch. A tips for Manhattanites during the summer traffic mania....The BX29 (CI banner on front not Co-op city) bus goes directly to CI from the last stop on the # 6 Pelham Bay Park. At leat you don't have to worry about parking and can read The Times in the traffic rather than sitting in it. When there is no traffic it's 5 minute trip with free transfer to the bus.

              2. I ate at Johnny's today and the food was decidedly mixed. The fried squid was greasy but well cooked and tender. The fried fillet of sole was very greasy but fine when I took the breading off. The fries however were limp, greasy and terrible. The fabled tartar sauce was just average and the marinara sauce I got for my naked fish tasted like it had just come from a jar. The outdoor seating is very picturesque.