Unable to frequent land eateries, merpeople craft crude Italian meals using live eels for linguini and clams as overly al dente ravioli shells. Devour maritime meals from dry land with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian seafood at Portofino Restaurant on City Island. Diners kick taste buds with boot-shaped flavors from a menu of Italian classics and freshly caught ocean fare. Enchant a potential paramour in one of the leather booths lining the dining room with a steamy mozzarella spiedini with anchovies and caper sauce ($6.95). Primary courses pack the infinite depths of gastronomical black holes with authentic pasta creations such as the linguini alla casa with shrimp and sun-dried tomatoes ($17.95) and newly minted sea life including the shrimp Portofino, shrimp stuffed with crab meat in a matryoshka recipe of nesting aquatic flavors ($24.95).
- The appetizers are terrific—the fresh carpaccio di manzo enhanced by truffle oil and the spiedini Romana (fried mozzarella sticks) exceptionally chewy. – [Time Out New York]
- “Summer nights on the deck overlooking Eastchester Bay” are part of the “charm” of this City Island “landmark” dishing up traditional “tastes of old Italy” with a seafood focus – Zagat
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.
555 City Island Ave.
City Island, New York 10464Get Directions