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Apr 9, 2010 11:35 AM

Staten Island Early Sunday Morning Near the Ferry


We'll be coming off the Staten Island Ferry early on a Sunday morning and we're probably going to be coming off hungry. We'll get there around 7:30.

I've browsed the archives and it looks like Victory Boulevard has a lot of interesting restaurants. Is Victory within walking distance of the ferry stop? And would any of the restaurants be open so early on a Sunday?

We're looking for a solid breakfast and we're adventurous eaters. We like to walk.

I eat a gluten-free diet (no wheat, rye, barley, oats) and diner/Thai/Indian/Vietnamese/sushi is more workable than deli/traditional bakery/Irish/Italian/Chinese (soy sauce usually contains wheat.)

The reviews of Mai intrigued me, although I've not had Senegalese food. Dosa Garden sounds great. A bowl of pho is a great breakfast for me.

So, as we're getting off the ferry, which way do we turn and what do we look for?

Thank you.

Dosa Garden
323 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10301

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  1. I doubt you'll find anything interesting that is open that early on a Sunday morning. San Rasa (Sri Lankan), Dosa Garden, and the Polish Place don't open till 11 AM or 11:30. Didn't find internet references to Mai's hours.

    I'm afraid your question is kind of like asking for a great Greenwich Village restaurant open at 7:30 am on a Sunday...not gonna happen.

    I encourage you to take a later boat! :)

    The Polish Place
    19 Corson Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301

    Dosa Garden
    323 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10301

    San Rasa
    226 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301

    1. Indeed a gf restaurant/bakery exists on SI but for the life of me I can't remember where I read about it. I have not been so I can't give an opinion about it. A google search may find it...

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      1. re: carfreeinla

        Its on Bay Street just up from the ferry terminal. You should be able to see it from the terminal. But it may not be open at that hour. There is not that much in St. George since most people go right through it from the bus/train to the ferry, other than the court and borough president people. Apparently, I am told, it was never a commercial center of the island.

        1. re: BMartin

          Ha! We missed it entirely.

          It must be Tuttoriso:

          It would have been perfect. We ended up with coffee from Au Bon Pain in the SI ferry terminal and gluten-free cookies from my daypack. We couldn't figure out why, with all that waterfront real estate and ferry traffic, there wasn't a pretty waterside cafe where we could get a coffee.

          Next time - I love taking the SI ferry. And I found out that the MTA 1-Day Fun Pass that I buy to ride the subway and busses also includes the Staten Island Railroad. So when we're not under time pressure to get to a matinee we might take the railroad just to see a bit of Staten Island.


          36 Richmond Terr, Staten Island, NY 10301

          1. re: Vivaqua

            Indeed it is Tuttoriso. St. George is indeed a mystery. It could be the San Francisco of New York City. Instead it is a place that Islanders barely look at as they careen through in the morning to catch the ferry.

            36 Richmond Terr, Staten Island, NY 10301

            1. re: BMartin

              Actually, it is Stapleton that is the San Francisco of New York City, or could be (big hills, Victorians, bridge & harbor views). I live here partly because it reminded me so of San Francisco. But there is not enough consciousness of its beauty and potential among the residents, though there is some, and like St. George, we have a historic district and a preservation society.

              1. re: comestible

                Interesting. The whole area has such potential.