Best Restaurants in Staten Island

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants on Staten Island. 

Trattoria Romana
Italian · Dongan Hills · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.4

A good “reason to visit Staten Island” , this Dongan Hills Italian “favorite” offers “high-quality” cooking prepared by a chef who “makes you feel at home” ; granted, it can be “noisy” and “congested” since it’s “always filled with customers” who “only wish” it was “a bit larger.”
Beso
Spanish · St. George · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

This “intimate” St. George Spaniard “right across from the ferry” supplies “superb” tapas and “some of the best sangria in town” in a brick-walled space that exudes a “Village dining feel” ; tabs are also “affordable” , but “come early” since reservations are only for five or more.
Defonte's
Sandwich · Stapleton · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 2.9 · Service 3.8

“Don't eat for a week” before attacking the “two-handed” “Dagwood” sandwiches at these “lip-smacking” Italian sub shops; the '20s-era Red Hook original “used to feed the longshoremen” and still exudes a whiff of “old-fashioned Brooklyn” , while its Staten Island outpost continues the tradition.
Bocelli
Italian · Old Town
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

This “old-school” Old Town Italian offers a “top-notch” menu that includes many “well-prepared” seafood specialties in an “inviting” white-tablecloth space with a Tuscan feel; the staff “makes you feel like family” , and despite “pricey” tabs, it’s often “busy” , especially on weekends.
Denino's Pizzeria
Pizza · Elm Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.8

“Always a contender for Staten Island's best” , this circa-1937 Elm Park pizzeria (with a Greenwich Village offshoot) turns out “phenomenal” pies with “the most remarkable” crispy crusts (not to mention “out-of-this-world” fried calamari); it's cash only and the space is “no-frills” to put it mildly, but “bargain” tabs help keep it perennially packed.
Brioso
Italian · New Dorp · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

A “vast” menu of “delectable” Italian dishes (plus lots of nightly specials) arrives in a white-tablecloth setting at this “rustic” Staten Island standby; some find the “festive” atmosphere verges on “noisy” , but others say the “pro” service helps justify the pricey tabs.
Enoteca Maria
Italian · St. George · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

A cast of “rotating nonnas” in the kitchen “lovingly” prepare “fabulous” regional Italian specialties at this “convivial” , cash-only Staten Island enoteca where a “strong selection” of affordable wines and “blasting rock 'n' roll” contribute to the “warm, appealing” atmosphere; though “seating is tight” , supporters swear the food is “worth any discomfort.”