Best restaurants in Staten Island?
Thanks, Tay, for the suggestions. Sorry for the late response, I haven't checked the boards in a while. (I know, what kind of Chowhound am I, anyway?!) Sadly, I have not been able to try any of the places you suggested yet...but I will be sure to report back when I do!
The funny thing is I haven't been here either!. Real life keeps getting in the way of 'hangin' wid da Hounds'
I can now add Espana Restaurant, 833 Annadale Road,SI, to the list.
The food and service were outstanding. The sangria, sublime.
Calm and tranquil atmosphere. Well worth the trip.
There are numerous good eateries on Staten Island.
I am a very big fan of supporting neighborhood places as opposed to always running into the city or (shudder!) Park Slope.
If you narrow it down a bit as to what what types of food you prefer, I would be happy to share some of my better SI dining experiences with a fellow Chowhound :-}
As for the South Fin Grill. If cost is not an issue, they serve a couple of very good (and very pricy) cold seafood platters. Nice ocean atmosphere. Plenty of free parking. Easy access to/from the Verrazano. There are many more interesting places to dine on the Island.
Hmmm...it's always so hard for me to narrow down a type of cuisine, so maybe I'll just ask you to share based on 2 criteria: 1) top 3 dining experiences on SI, and/or 2) appropriate places where I can confidently take my mother-in-law, who is an amazing cook and rarely eats out because she always feels she could have made it better!!! Thanks!
These places are consistantly good...
1) Real Madrid on Forest Ave
Geat Spainish cuisine, outstanding service. moderate prices, parking lot... Try the white sangria. Skip dessert. You will be too full anyway. Reservations strongly suggested on weekends
2) Torrone's on Hylan Blvd
Excellent continental cuisine, professional service, lovely decor, parking.
Very good, well priced, pre fixe (max. groups of 6, I think) with great choices. reservations recc. on weekends.
3) La Strada New Dorp Lane
Well prepared Italian/continental cuisine. good service, intimate atmosphere, street parking which can be a problem.
Any of these places are perfect for a Mom-in-law.
I also recc Scott's Manor Inn on Mannor Rd. It's a plain place, but their food in very good.
They are all more traditional choices. You didn't mention what type of food she cooks, so I didn't know what type of cuisine to suggest.
There are just so many good places out here!
I will be interested to know how it works out for you.
Have a great time!
You should do a search for "staten" on the boards. There are some old posts for SI. And of course it depends on what kind of food/atmosphere/price range you're looking for.
But, some restaurants that I've been to and like are:
-Lakruwana (small Sri Lankan place on Bay St. near Victory Bvd.) Fresh, tasty food, super-friendly service, low prices, and cute decor.
-Aesop's tables (on Bay St. in Rosebank. (Although I have heard that it has declined recently)
-Bayou (Cajun on Bay St. also in Rosebank--have eaten there 2x and had excellent meals both times)
-American Grill, although I haven't been to their new location on Victory Bvd. at Clove Rd.
No, I haven't tried it, but my landlord and her boyfriend went there, and he told me it was "excellent, not cheap but well worth it" (exact quote). And he said you have a choice of eating inside and outside on the boardwalk. It's not like the boardwalk at Coney Island. I think it's about the only business or restaurant around there.