Straight from the outer boroughs
|Beautiful shot of New Dorp Beach—by Jacopast via Flickr|
If you’re not familiar with New Dorp, This Staten Island neighborhood is diverse with Italian-American, Irish-American, Albanian American, Polish-American and Russian American residents. Though the area was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, longtime residents are struggling to rebuild the place they know and love.
With the opening of several shopping centers, New Dorp has become commercialized over the years. But “Niewe Dorp,” or New Dorp, as it’s now known, hasn’t lost its character. Located in proximity to the Staten Island Railroad, which is easily accessible from the Staten Island Ferry, New Dorp is just minutes from New Dorp Beach. The neighborhood is also accessed by vehicle via the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
There’s an abundance of Italian restaurants in the area, but it does have its fair share of other ethnic, charming eateries and hotspots. Here are a few of my personal picks.
my favorite Italian spots in all of Staten Island, if not New York City. It’s a
little on the expensive side and far from quiet, but growing up in an Italian
family has made me immune to loud conversation. Nevertheless, the welcoming rustic
setting and amazing food makes it all worthwhile.
Brioso is known for its mouthwatering
In addition, it serves up other awesome eats such as the Gnocchi Gratinati,
roasted Bronzini (Mediterranean Sea Bass) and Scaloppine Siciliana (scaloppine with light tomato grilled
eggplant, and mozzarella). It also has exceptional brick over pizza. To complement
your meal, Brioso has an extensive wine list, including Italian bottles for those special occasions, and California favorites from the Napa Valley.
you’re serious about pizza (and who isn’t?), then this New Dorp gem will thrill
you. Giorgio Giove, one of four brothers who own the wood-fired,
brick oven pizza establishment, has impressive credentials. He learned his trade
from his father, Pietro, who has a black belt in pizza making. Over time,
Giorgio began to put his own stamp on the art of pizza crafting. In fact, he got
so good at it that he beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s “Throwdown”
show in 2006.
and the flour and extra-virgin olive oil are imported straight from Italy.
Some of the tastiest pies include the award-winning Variopinta—a white specialty pie made with stracciatella (shredded fresh mozzarella immersed in heavy cream), pancetta, thinly sliced zucchini, garlic-and herb-permeated cheese, and EVOO.
|The decadent Variopinto—via Yelp|
Plus, the Margherita (San Marzano
Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and EVOO) and the Carciofi (San Marzano
Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Marinated Artichokes and EVVO) are also winners.
as Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Marsala and Chicken Francese.
New Dorp Plaza
shopping plaza, but Nori is different. The décor is relaxed and simple, but the
sushi is fresh, delicious and aesthetically pleasing, making for a first-rate experience.
places and the ones that try to mimic the club ambiance, Nori offers a diverse
array of delectable, and creatively named, house rolls. For instance, there’s
the Rock Roll (Fresh tuna, avocado, mango & cilantro w/ curry spice), Dancing
Lobster Roll (Deep fried soft shell
crab, avocado, smelt roe, scallion wrapped with dsikon) and Happy
Together Roll (Spicy lobster meat w/
mango inside topped w/ avocado & yogurt yazu sauce). Nori also has good sushi
and sashimi dishes (a la carte).
|Nori Sushi rolls —via Yelp|
The ice cream tempura and banana fritters are good ways to
top off your meal. Although dinner is on the
expensive side, Nori does have reasonably priced lunch specials.
First, the decorative baker suspended from a crane on the roof over the
exterior adds a nice touch not seen anywhere else in the Big Apple (at least
not by me). Secondly, the interior is hip and sleek, creating an
But, the incredible smell of goodness throughout the establishment is enough to entice you to try everything that your
eyes come across. And you just might, because the prices are very
wallet-friendly—a slice of cake ranges from $2 to $3.
other typical bakeries are the selections. For example, Piece A Cake serves up
red velvet and cannoli cream doughnuts, chocolate peanut
butter mousse cake, and sticky buns that are to die for. It’s also known for its mutant-sized, decadent cream puffs.
Want to have a meal before your sugary indulgence? PAC has you covered with its appetizing soups, sandwiches and specialty pizzas. Whether you crave sweet or savory, you won’t go hungry in this bakery– that’s for sure.
|Goodies at Piece A Cake —via Yelp|
want a low-key sports bar to kick back and watch a game while having a cold
brew from the tap in a friendly atmosphere. Griff’s is that perfect
neighborhood place to do so.
18 days, it went back to business just four days after the electricity
returned. Now, it’s operating at full tilt for basketball and hockey playoff
viewing, serving up suds and bar fare for all.
|For a good time in Staten Island, try Griff’s Place--via Griff’s Place|