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Verrazano Grill Restaurant
Cuisine Type: Russian-French Fusion
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5–10
Parking: Free street parking
Delivery / Take-out Available: Unavailable
Outdoor Seating: No
The owner of Verrazano Grill Restaurant describes their specialties as fusion cuisine that blend traditional Russian dishes with French cooking techniques. That description may cover the salmon steak in pepper sauce, but some dishes remain purely Russian. "The soups are made [from] a traditional, secret family ... recipe," says the owner. Alongside soups of the day, the chefs make borscht, kharcho, Pozharsky chicken cutlets, which originated as a popular dish among Russian nobility.
However, Verrazano Grill has a notable story beyond its unique menu. When Hurricane Sandy struck, the eatery was completely leveled. Though heartbreaking, it wasn't entirely a bad thing. It sparked the restaurant's transformation, as the owner rebuilt the entire place from the ground up, outfitting it with new kitchens, striking decor, and a wall of windows that maximize views of the State Island Boardwalk just a few feet beyond the front door.