HOME > Chowhound > Outer Boroughs >

Favorites in Staten Island

jordana Mar 28, 2009 09:36 PM

What are your favorite restaurants in Staten Island?

I am interested in fine dining and casual neighborhood spots.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. g
    Geo8rge RE: jordana Mar 28, 2009 11:08 PM

    I liked a Sri Lankan on Bay st (and Minthorne), I can see it on street view but sign is fuzzy. Lakruwana might be the name.

    1. t
      Tay RE: jordana Mar 29, 2009 07:38 AM

      Could you be a bit more specific, EG: What part of the island and what types of foods?
      No point in making reccs that are not of interest to you either neighborhood or food-wise.

      7 Replies
      1. re: Tay
        jordana RE: Tay Mar 29, 2009 07:59 PM

        Any neighborhood is fine. We have a car and are going to be driving around.

        1. re: jordana
          Tay RE: jordana Mar 30, 2009 08:01 AM

          Well, my fellow 'Hounds, Flaco, comestible and BMartin, to name a few, can steer you to really good N Shore, neighborhood places.Good food, great value. I'm more a S Shore diner. There are so many places to try, but I'll throw out a few .
          For more 'upscale' diniing, I like the quiet, romantic, Espana..
          Less upscale and less costly, I'd rec. Real Madrid.
          For a, cut above the rest, Diner food, it's got to be Andrew's on Hylan Blvd..
          Great chinese food,hidden in a shopping center, Oriental Taste on Arthur Kill Rd.
          Best buffet value, China Buffet on Hylan Blvd.
          Upscale Italian, Da Noi,
          Really inexpensive 'Red sauce' Italian, Gennaro's
          For 'new style' pizza, Lento's, Goodfella's or the new one to try, Sal's of Soho.
          For classic pizza, Denino's or Lee's Tavern
          For a neighborhood gem, with great "2 for 1 Tues-Thurs, specials, Canlon's.
          Best (but costly) Sun Brunch, The Jazz Brunch at the Hilton's Garden Inn.
          (you can have brunch and then relax and linger in their lovely lobby sitting area)
          There are so many pplaces to try. :-}
          I'm sure you'll find lots of places that become your own favs.

          1. re: Tay
            estarae RE: Tay Mar 30, 2009 01:30 PM

            A small place with a limited menu but terrific food is Chez Laurent (and it's BYOB).

            1. re: estarae
              Tay RE: estarae Mar 31, 2009 11:30 AM

              I agree 100%. GREAT FOOD.!

              1. re: Tay
                jodielynn14 RE: Tay Apr 16, 2009 12:36 PM

                I'll be going to Chez Laurant in two weeks - any recommendations for dinner entrees?

                1. re: jodielynn14
                  Tay RE: jodielynn14 Apr 16, 2009 03:22 PM

                  if the cost is within your budget, I'd strongly rec. their Tasting menu. For $50 it's the best deal around. If not, go with the $30 Bistro menu. Make sure to leave room for dessert. It's his forte.
                  Please let us know about your experience/ Have a great dinner. :-)
                  Here is a link :

          2. re: jordana
            StatenEats RE: jordana Apr 16, 2009 07:17 PM

            I will second Lee's Tavern and Chez Laurent.

            Also, at the top of my list would be Basilio Inn, tucked away off of Lily Pond Avenue. The chef is from Italy I believe, but it's not your typical "red sauce" Italian-American food. The owner is always around. Many of the summer and fall vegetables are grown on site. While it no longer functions as an "inn," it still has that old-fashioned shore-resort feel inside.

        2. c
          comestible RE: jordana Apr 16, 2009 07:54 PM

          You must visit Dosa Garden for south Indian food. Another high-quality Indian restaurant is Indian Clove. San Rasa is a very good Sri Lankan restaurant.

          There have been many threads on Staten Island restaurants. Other goodies you can do a search for: The Polish Place for Polish, Taqueria Geovani for Msxican, Enoteca Maria for Italian, etc. You could search for posts by Tay and Flaco for further suggestions; they are very well-traveled on the Island.

          1 Reply
          1. re: comestible
            Tay RE: comestible Apr 17, 2009 03:48 AM

            Funny... I was going to suggest that the OP check out the great reviews posted by you and Flaco! You are my sources for North Shore, AKA: More eclectic dining.:-)

          Show Hidden Posts