The brainchild of head chef Anthony Labriola, Caffe Regatta Oyster Bar & Grill dresses traditional ocean critters in Mediterranean duds and packs oysters and other seafood into the raw bar that made a splash in Westchester Magazine. Friendly waiters scurry past white-clothed tables and nautical decor—including miniature boats and real-life sea captains perched on the full-service bar—bearing brunch, lunch, and dinner platters piled with refreshments ranging from lemon-ricotta hotcakes to a half pound of Alaskan king-crab legs. Summertime lures patrons to the outdoor patio, and BYOB Tuesdays give the restaurant's wine list a chance to collect its pages and prepare for another week of staring into thirsty eyes.
Portofino Ristorante wins over visitors with feasts of baked clams, slow-cooked pork loins, and tender sautéed chicken atop beds of pasta. Perched upon City Island's waterfront, the restaurant cultivates an atmosphere that, like a tractor christening, is simultaneously rustic and urbane. The patio gives diners a view of New York's skyline; the interior evokes the image of a banquet hall in an Italian countryside villa—maroon leather chairs, warm light descending from chandeliers, and walls decorated in a stucco-esque scumbling and murals of Mediterranean harbor scenes. Guests sup on shrimp stuffed with crab meat or sautéed broccoli raab in cozy candlelit booths, break bread in the Piccolo Room or banquet area, or toast goblets of wine at the tucked-away wraparound bar.
The scents of steak, seafood, and ribs waft through Bronx Grill, punctuating the friendly, family-oriented atmosphere with mouth-watering anticipation. Fill empty stomachs with kansas city rib-eye steaks, lobster tails, or chicken fettuccine, or enjoy a little bit of both with numerous surf 'n' turf combos like steak and crab. A salad bar offers unlimited portions of veggies and bowls that make cool hats, and hungry breakfasters can add a 6-ounce sirloin to the waffles, omelets, yucca, and empanadas of the Caribbean brunch buffet.
With fish gliding by overhead and views of the water stretching out beneath the tall windows, it's no wonder Ocean Restaurant and Lounge was voted by diners as having the Best Ambiance around. But the surroundings are just the beginning?the real star is the cuisine. A seafood-centric menu touts a well-curated selection of reinvented American classics from brunch through dinner. A popular destination for romantic waterfront dinners, the evening menu kicks off with selections from the raw bar before graduating to entrees of barramundi in a Mediterranean tomato broth.
Chef Ayhan opened his first restaurant on Long Island more than 35 years ago, setting the stage for a fiefdom of successful Mediterranean restaurants across the region, each one serving up freshly caught seafood, succulent kebabs, and creamy hummus. The menu draws inspiration from the cuisines of Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, and Israel, entertaining taste buds with an eclectic mix of dishes, such as doner gyro kebab, spinach-and-feta pie, sesame-crusted salmon, and char-grilled calamari.
By taking its name from a classic 18th- and 19th-century painting style used to create seascapes, Aquarelle 45 calls the ocean to mind. The eatery juts out over the Long Island Sound, providing its diners with stunning vistas of Manhasset Bay and the pristine marina on three of its four sides. These sights can be enjoyed from amid the dining room's airy, cream-hued walls and floors designed to resemble planks of beached wood, or on the outdoor patio during the warmer months. Here, the staff has created a setting intended to be reminiscent of a majestic Mediterranean isle, far away from the shores of New York.
This dedication to the comforts of the Mediterranean also inspires the chefs, who incorporate elements of Greek, Italian, and French dishes into their cuisine. While the prominent display of on-ice fish and live lobsters demonstrate a passion for ocean-fresh seafood, Aquarelle 45 adopts a wider approach to cooking healthful and flavorful cuisine. Steaks, chicken entrees, and pasta dishes all appear throughout the menu, which changes regularly to accommodate seasonal ingredients and the Oxford English Dictionary's most current spelling for "shrimp."