Sheepshead Bay (and environs) dinner: the search continues . . .
- efdee Feb 1, 2010 05:59 AM
I've been doing a lot of searching and came up with three Sheepshead Bay dinner possibilities so far: Il Fornetto's; Randazzo's; and Fiorentino's. Reviews have been mixed or non-existent, so I'd really appreciate any current input.
I'm not looking for any particular kind of cuisine, these three just happened to be Italian, so if anyone has other SB suggestions, please make them. Read somewhere that there's a good Greek restaurant, but don't know anything else about it. TIA
Yiasou is the place a couple of doors to the left of Randazzo's when looking at it from the water. The couple of times i have been, I agree, it is quite good. Standout each time has been the grilled or broiled whole fish (forget how they prep it) but everything i recall was quite tasty.
Fiorentino's is very close to my house and my family has been going to the current location and when it was in Coney Island for years. It can be very hit or miss but when it is good, it is quite good.
I'd stick away from the Armenian-Russian place, which I found bleh. (Garden Bay Cafe.) Heard good things about the Turkish seafood joint, Liman, but I haven't been.
Randazzo's calamari and spicy marinara sauce is epic, the rest of the food is just OK but I may have ordered wrong. (I think the calamari is worth a trip though, I don't know why it's so good, but I feel it just is.)
Il Fornetto is very good and has a great view. Randazzo's is neighborhood tradition, but some say it's a bit overrated. Maria's Ristorante Italiano (3073 Emmons) is good and has an excellent cheesecake (made on premises) (disclaimer: Maria's is an advertiser on my website. If you mention Sheepshead Bites when you make a reservation, you'll get a free glass of champagne). On Avenue U and Batchelder there's Del Corso, a pizzeria with a trattoria in the back. They make their own pasta and sauces from scratch.
Non Italian: Liman's has received exceptional reviews, and I've also heard good things about Yiasou (both Turkish). For Asian, my favorite place is either of the two Vietnamese spots on Avenue U (same ownership, same food. Atmosphere at E. 19th St location a little better, slightly pricier). Another recent favorite of mine is Sweika on Emmons. German food with a Russian twist and good, cheap bear.
In response to the person below who knocked Garden Bay - I haven't been there yet but they just this week finished renovating and expanded the menu. Might be worth checking out.
Hope that helped!