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Staten Island - Whats up?

Whats new and exciting on the island of Staten?

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  1. Well, I'm in Staten Island, and tonight I made a very nice Chinese soup with shiitakes and a couple of other mushrooms, plus snow peas, tofu and bok choy. (I'd made a trip out to the big Asian market on the west shore.)

    But I think you are probably thinking of commercial establishments. I have also complained on this board about the lack of commentary on SI places. Geez, I may have to open a restaurant!

    I like the new Honor Wines store in St. George near the ferry. A more serious wine collection than your average bottle shop.

    I could suggest restaurants, but they're not new, having been written about here before. Like you, I'm anxious to hear about the new and the good.

    As usual, the default cuisine is Italian, but the good news is that there are always new Italian places opening, and there are worse default cuisines to be had. And there is healthy competition among them to create interesting dishes.

    Tried Fiesta Poblana on Corson the other night, for take-out. It was quite decent, but not earth-shaking. I had enchiladas with mole sauce. My SO was content with the tacos de carnitas.

    Very much liked the pizzas at Pizzeria Giove in New Dorp. A recent dinner at Bin 5 was very nice. And I always like Vida.

    Wish I had more to offer, but we don't eat out much. I'd kill for a great breakfast/brunch place that thought outside the box!

    1. Thanks comestible, for saving the dreaded {Crickets Chirping} reply or delaying it further at least.

      Like you I also wish for a decent breakfast place. Something you can get just about on every corner in the city. We mostly eat in Manhattan or Brooklyn but on occasion its nice to grab a bite closer to home.

      Love Vida, love Bayou and Beso. Havent been to Blue yet and the mixed reviews I'm getting are not making me jump.

      I haven't been and cant go to any Italian here not named Enoteca Maria in years, although last time I wished I had a different nona. We do just about all our Italian in Manhattan (Scarpetta again tonight)

      As for Pizza, still enjoying the usual suspects from time to time. Got a takeout from Giove which we enjoyed.

      Would be nice to have a decent Szechuan around or some new Indian. Really enjoying the Sri Lankan spots tho like Sanrasa and Lakruwana

      One new and very refreshing spot for me was Holy Shnitzel on Nome. Its not new but I always avoided it due to the name. Surprisingly good falafel and other goodies.

      Anyway, not sure what I'm missing. Hoping more SI folks will comment

      1. Hey, Ziggy, I stopped in at Rick's Cafe' in Stapleton yesterday (not for dinner though) and learned that when the weather gets a bit warmer, there will be a Sunday brunch. I know Sunday brunches can be iffy, but I've heard good things about the chef here.

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        1. re: comestible

          Cool, thanks. Havent eaten there yet but ate at Aesop's a few times

          1. re: Ziggy41

            Wandered into this thread after a long absence. There was a "restaurant crawl" which was a great deal a couple of months ago. A couple of dozen North Shore restaurants participated; you paid a measly $10 and you could sample (limited) dishes at any or all of them that afternoon! You can't beat that.

            Among others we tried Blue's for the first time and liked it a great deal. The "crawl" offering was just appetizers, but they were very tasty. I will certainly be going back again.

            Da Noi was disappointin -- odd because it has been praised here on CH. Wazobia (African) in Stapleton was interesting but not the best menu for a vegetarian like myself. The former Rick's Cafe' is now Gatsby's, and the food samples offered there were nice but probably not representative. Beso was good, for sure. These are just a few we visited.

            Look out for the restaurant crawl next year. It was amazingly popular; they ran out of tickets.

        2. Comestible

          I live in Brooklyn and have friends in Staten Island so we often eat there. I have to agree with you on Blu and Beso. They are both owned by the same person. He also owns Bayou, all three very good. Did not like Da Noi either.

          1. Sorry to spoil the party but Blue was probably the worst meal of the year for us.

            We havent had many good meals in SI lately with the exception of Lakruwana perhaps, tho we mostly eat in the city or in Brooklyn.

            1. I have nothing new and exciting to add but I stick to old consistent standbys. I haven't been to Aesop's in years but it was good when I went. Cafe Luna has consistent good seafood and pasta dishes. Friends of my family had opened Paolucci's on Forest ave. ( formerly Mulberry St) and I never got to go there. Unfortunately they are closed. They used to have terrific red sauces. I go to Bruno Pasticceria on Hylan, for good coffee and some good pastries ( i also used to go to the one on Bleecker st.). Ralph's of course for the cremolata ices. I found good calzones at Napoli Pizzeria on Victory near Clove Rd. They make them while you wait, not like others who have them pre-made and heat them up. Their regular old style pizza is not bad either. The best pizza anywhere in NYC, another now gone place was on Richmond Rd. ( the name escapes me, and i've been there many times... i can't believe I forgot the name , it starts with an S or a P. ) They were there for years, just making great pizza, then got fancy and started serving food and they went out of business.
              Speaking of old places, I used to get the clam pies eat the Roadhouse. I wonder if that still exists.

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              1. re: foodwhisperer

                Crispino's on Richmond Rd. was the place that had then best pizza.

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  Aesop's is long closed now, isn't it? They had a sister restaurant in Bklyn Heights that they closed many years ago, so several of us used to go to the remaining S.I. place afterwards… nice outdoor seating. But I heard it closed several years ago so I haven't thought more about it.

                  1. re: Steve R

                    Yes, Aesop's is long closed. In its place is a restaurant called Bin 5. I think it is one of several owned by one restaurateur. Only been to Bin 5 once; it was quite decent I thought, though I hadn't thought to write a review. But a far cry in decor from the breezy bistro feeling of Aesop's...more buttoned-down, wood paneling, etc.

                2. It's almost 2015 but I'm glad to read your comments. Going for a bike ride through SI via lower Manhattan and really wanted to see what might be offered along the way. Thanks all.

                  1. The place we frequent the most these days is Nurnberger Bierhaus.
                    Enoteca Maria still good

                    But if I'm on a bike tour and have to pick one place it would probably be Lakruwana lunch buffet, or dinner

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                    1. re: Ziggy41

                      okay, thank you. I will research Lakruwana but Enoteca sounds so intriguing.

                      1. re: Bologna

                        Are you headed down Front St., Edgewater, and Bay toward Ft. Wadsworth and beyond? That's nice biking, mostly with little or no traffic except for the Bay St. stretch. There's a bike path through Ft. Wadsworth (but it can be tricky to find) to the boardwalk area and beach, where the path continues down to Cedar Grove.

                        A nice place along that route is Basilio Inn, a relaxing Italian place set off the road, ample bike parking.

                        1. re: comestible

                          hey that sounds super nice. My friends and I are actually headed down Richmond Terrace towards Snug Harbor because my friend has an exhibit down there. If we have time...and sunshine is promised...I will suggest going down Bay St. I think the 5 Borough Bike Tour rounded up that way? It looked cute as hell, the way I remember the strip. Otherwise, I'm glad you mentioned that because I want to explore SI more since I do the Ferry for fun on a regular basis. Thanks for tip!