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Mar 28, 2009 09:36 PM

Favorites in Staten Island

What are your favorite restaurants in Staten Island?

I am interested in fine dining and casual neighborhood spots.


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  1. 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. Jordana
      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.

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      1. re: Tay

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

        1. re: jordana

          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

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

            1. re: estarae

              I agree 100%. GREAT FOOD.!

              1. re: Tay

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

                1. re: jodielynn14

                  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

            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. 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.

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          1. re: comestible

            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.:-)