Sip City’s lunch and dinner menus gather food from around the globe and intrigue taste buds by clothing comforting fare in exotic disguises. Dinner-craving tongues can alight on the sesame-crusted ahi tuna, which shelters baby bok choy from a drizzle of ginger-honey soy sauce ($19), or delve into the middle eastern lamb chop platter, where sumac-rubbed lamb and grilled zucchini dwell ($24). When the lunch trumpet sounds, mouths can consume the ciabatta-enwrapped blue cheese avocado steak sandwich, in which skirt steak, grilled onion, and tomato hide under a blanket of bleu-cheese-avocado spread, fearful of the oozing ketchup monster lurking under their bed of truffle-oil-drizzled french fries ($10). Chewable morsels are complemented by a specialty drink menu that touts such sippable splendors as the lychee martini ($10), coconut mojito ($8), and a dirty martini that floats a gorgonzola-stuffed olive in a pool of reassuringly clean vodka ($10).
Seven days a week, the technicians at Little Neck Car Wash can be found enhancing automated washes with finishing touches, such as hot sealer wax and Wheel Brite. During full-service details auto interiors can be likewise purged of dust and grime as vacuums suck up loose debris, shampoos purge carpet piles of set-in soil, and special leather cleaners leave seats clean and supple. The techs can also treat scratches, tar, and extra-dirty upholstery with compound cleaning methods, and restore shine with a hand wax or hearty coating of cooking spray.
Owned by baseball legend and semiprofessional magician Darryl Strawberry, Strawberry's Sports Grill pleases crowds and palates with a menu of updated American favorites and thoughtful comfort food. Slide head- and feet-first into a plate of crawfish-and-cheddar hushpuppies ($8.95) or get started with some championship chili ($7.95), loaded with enough ground beef, brisket, red beans, peppers, and onions to dominate chili challenges and handball round-robins. A bevy of burgers features beef, lamb, turkey, and falafel options, including the Hellenic 1986 burger ($12.95), with a lamb patty, feta cheese, cucumbers, and tzatziki sauce, and Strawberry's "Double Beef" burger ($14.95), whose beef patty is stuffed with chopped brisket and topped with fried onions and barbecue sauce. Barbecued ribs ($18.95) and chicken ($16.95) are smoked in-house, while surf and turf ($29.95) pits land (16-ounce rib eye) against sea (fried shrimp) in the greatest elemental cage match since wind defeated fire in 1937.
Located in the heart of City Island, Alehouse City Island makes its mark on the local gastropub scene with creative versions of classic pub cuisine. Chef Stefano molds and grills distinctive burgers such as the Bullburger, a 10-ounce Angus-beef patty topped with grilled onions, condiments, and a fried egg. Eight varieties of local Schaller & Weber hot dogs pepper the menu, including the Baconator, a bacon-wrapped hot dog decorated with grilled onions, condiments, mayo, and pickled jalapeño. An impressive beer list of more than 50 beers washes down the hearty fare.
With its signature food challenge, the Hell Hound, Alehouse City Island dares its most adventurous customers—those who laugh in the face of danger, and laugh harder at the concept that helmets even exist. Topped with Texas-two-step chili, sliced jalapeños, and ghost-chili hot sauce, the quarter-pound hot dog singes taste buds with enough spicy firepower to intimidate even the bravest of eaters. Each contender gets one glass of water and 2.5 minutes to finish the Hell Hound, forever earning bragging rights and a place on the list of champions.
Inside The Snug Tavern & Grille, guests can relax after an entertaining day on City Island with a plate full of comforting British pub fare that, like the dreams of a British fisherman, focus on the piscine. The menu includes classic fried options such as baskets of crispy fish and chips, as well as familiar seafood dishes such as fried calamari. Clients can soak in the pub atmosphere with small munchables and a quick pint between outdoorsy activities, or opt for a longer stint by committing to the shepherd’s pie or platter of fried shrimp.
With chef Joseph Cannella at the gustatory helm, Bourbon Street Cafe serves up tasty Cajun meals that have earned it an award for Best Brunch on a Budget from Page Six Magazine. Dishes such as blackened catfish and New Orleans po boys compete for attention with the house-specialty seafood gumbo and jambalaya, in which chicken and shrimp carouse with ground zydeco notes in a creole-sauce-slathered nest of spicy rice and andouille sausage. The large eatery further captures the essence of a New Orleans–style café with its colorful wall murals, fringed tabletop lamps, and plates accompanied by Mardi Gras beads, and its multiple flat-screen TVs light up with Sunday football action when the New York Scallywags play the New England Ne’er-do-wells.