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I am lecturing at St. John's University on Staten Island (Howard Ave) next month and am staying at the Hilton Garden Inn on South Avenue. I will be taking out two colleagues for dinner but do not know any restaurants in the area. I would appreciate any suggestions for a quiet dinner in the area of the university or the hotel. Thanks

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  1. Lorenzo's, the restaurant located off the lobby of the Hilton, has decent though somewhat uninspired, food. For after dinner conversation, they have a small clubby style full service bar and numerous lovely sitting areas located throughout the lobby level. with lots of comfortable seating. Depending on what days of the week you'll be visiting, they also have a great Jazz Sunday brunch served at two seatings, 12-2pm - 2-4pm and a fun Italian food based Sunday Supper buffet dinner. The owner and his lovely wife are hands on Mgrs and the staff reflects their high standards.
    One word of caution: On Friday nights, they have a Singles mix/mingle, thing in the Living Room

    http://www.lorenzosdining.com/

    1. If you want to eat in SI I think your best choice would be Italian food. Here is a list of IMO the best Italian on SI.

      Basilio Inn Restaurant (very old but cool)
      Danois (two locations (food is good not great)
      Trattoria Romana (good food)

      Plus many more just remember you are not in the city I live here for 25 years and I am constanly reminded that I am not in the city or Bklyn.

      enjoy ciao-

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      Basilio Inn
      6 Galesville Ct, Staten Island, NY 10305

      Trattoria Romana
      1476 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

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      1. re: bklynsausage

        Would just like to add that Trattoria Romana is very good but not quiet -- it's rather boisterous.

        I don't know what Indian Clove is like these days. It's very close to the Howard Ave. colleges. Indian food, of course.

        I like Vida Restaurant at Van Duzer and Beach Streets for a quiet dinner in a nice atmosphere, eclectic menu, good wine and beer. It's down the hill from Howard Ave. maybe a mile, but you'd probably have to drive somewhere from St. Johns anyway. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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        Trattoria Romana
        1476 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

        Indian Clove
        1180 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10301