Known for its crispy thin-crust pizzas, which chefs make from scratch by hand, Roma Delight has served up traditional Italian fare for more than 25 years. Pastas, calzones, and hot sandwiches stuffed with fresh ingredients round out the authentic menu.
With ample menu offerings throughout the day, the newly reopened Dominick’s is a one-stop eatery set to satisfy sweet and savory gourmet cravings. Select an imperial sandwich, such as the chicken caesar ($9.99) to tame unruly stomachs with succulent chicken and an iron fist. Feast on the piquancy of a vodka pizza ($15) or employ foam Hulk hands to grip an unwieldy half-pound portobello burger ($12.99). Fresh cannoli graces bakery shelves with fluffy dough and sugary filling, supported by a fleet of neatly assembled pastries. The café’s delicate chandeliers illuminate neat brick walls, glossy wooden tabletops, and the cheerful faces of Dominick's staff, which would otherwise be standing in the dark.
The Comfort Diner, which moved to Staten Island after 14 years in Manhattan, dresses up the traditional diner experience with classic comfort eats and modern-day hearty fare. Keep your growling stomach from frightening friendly ghosts by stuffing it with wild mushroom potato pancakes ($6.95), or start your chew cruise with mozzarella wedges ($6.95), which combine the food world’s most delicious cheese with the geometry world’s most delicious shape. The taco salad ($10.95) gives Mexico’s best-known culinary contribution a fork-friendly format, and oven-crisped fish and chips ($14.95) provide all of the flavor of the British classic without the sizzle of the deep fryer or the voyeuristic glare of Big Ben. Bread-heads can wrap their food-gripping phalanges around an array of sandwiches, such as a grilled chicken club ($8.95) or a Maine crab burger ($13.95), while proteiny-boppers can swoon over double-thick pork chops with homemade applesauce ($14.95). For herbivores, Comfort Diner slings savory angel-hair pasta with white-wine sauce ($10.95) and big bowls of veggie chili ($9.95). Breakfast and brunch options also satisfy early risers or late-to-bedders.
Before he opened Daisy Dukes BBQ, appeared on the Food Network’s Chopped, and won several awards for his barbeque, pitmaster Warren Schierenbeck smoked a whole hog every day at his first joint in South Carolina. He served chopped pieces of the succulent swine with a touch of vinegar, slaw, and Mr. Pibb. Warren had loved such smoky, straightforward barbecue since his childhood, when the smell of charcoal meant a family feast of grilled chicken wings, burgers, corn, and foil-wrapped potatoes.
When he moved from South Carolina to New York, Warren brought part of the south with him—a Georgia-built tow-behind smoker. Along with some simple seasoning, he smoker lends rich flavor to each slab of ribs, mound of pulled pork, and cut of brisket. Warren serves all of his Daisy Dukes meats with sauce on the side, which lets diners decide how much to pour on their food and how much to simply rub around their mouth.