The flavors of the sea swim ashore in Ayhan’s Mediterranean-fusion menu of market-fresh seafood. The customer-favorite handmade mediterranean-dip sampler piles up a first-course palate pleaser of cod-roe caviar, baba gannouj, garlic mashed potatoes, and tzatziki ($10). Ahyan's chefs slowly flame-grill their signature whole fish (market prices), while flounder Athenian drizzles two filets in lemon garlic-butter sauces along with sides of spinach and feta cheese ($16). A maritime mix, the seafood kebab with grilled shrimp lets sated guests brandish the skewer for tabletop fencing ($19). Those lacking in sea- legs and -stomachs can head inland for open-flame grilled baby-lamb chops ($20) or New York sirloin ($20).
The Waterview serves up delicious, Neptune-approved nourishment, along with Italian-inspired dishes, from its spot overlooking Manhasset Bay. For lunch, start with the mussel-pesto marinara ($8.95) or a refreshing cold-calamari salad ($8.95) marinated in olive oil with garlic, white vinegar, and lemon. Scallops, caked in batter and decadently bathed in the deep fryer ($18.95), come sided with fries, whereas a combo of fried shrimp, filet of sole, and scallops ($22.95) satisfies diners sharing Nikola Tesla's obsession with the number three. Come dinner, class it up with selections from the raw bar, including oysters on the half shell ($9.95), shrimp cocktail ($11.95), and little neck clams on the half shell ($9.95). Seafood also makes a cameo in pasta selections such as the seafood ravioli ($18.95) or linguini with clams ($21.95). End on a pie note with The Waterview's dessert options, including lemon-meringue pie ($7.50) or a cannoli ($5.50).
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 Ice House is located at the foot of the Throgs Neck Bridge, offering beautiful waterfront views. It's a wonderful place to have a cozy dinner by the fireplace during the winter or enjoy the sun on the deck during the summer.
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A tasty spread of authentic Italian-style cuisine awaits within the pages of Louis Seafood Restaurant’s menus. Chew parties begin with fried zucchini ($7.95) or broccoli sauté ($6.95), and a specialty dish of gnocchi with mozzarella ($14.50) extends masticationary joys past the appetizer stage. Eggplant rollatini ($19.50) and broiled fillet of flounder ($19.75) magnet-draw mouths, with all meat, poultry, and seafood dishes accompanied by a choice of spaghetti, salad, french fries, or other tasty sides. On Tuesday nights, foodie Frankensteins can build a meal monster from the mix-and-match pasta, which pairs bowties, spaghetti, penne, and shells with a variety of sauces for an all-you-can-eat delight ($10.95). For the restaurant's namesake nourishment, sink hunger hooks into a seafood dish such as fried shrimp ($20.75), broiled fillet of flounder ($19.75), or deviled crab cakes ($22.75).
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.