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Staten Island's Best

Tay,
Might I ask where your expertise comes from? Torrone's building has been sold, and a medical group is opening up, and their food has never been the best, only good. Andrew's Diner, which you listed as a favorite, is overhyped and definitely not worth the usual wait, their best feature is the amount of food they serve but not the quality. Panarea is a wonderful authentic Italian restaurant focusing on more than typical Staten Island red sauce, is Michelin rated and definitely way beyond average. But, as you said, these favorites are subjective. It just amazes me that you chose to pick on my "bests" but neglected to rank on Villa Monte...

May 02, 2008
mariestack in Outer Boroughs

Best Cannoli????

Ferrera's is possibly the worst cannoli with the most hype. Soggy shells, poorly flavored and textured filling, just awful. In Brooklyn please head to Mona Lisa on 86 St, or Tastry Pastry on 13th Ave. In Staten Island head to Luigi's Dolceria on Hylan Blvd.

May 02, 2008
mariestack in Manhattan

Best Fish and Chips?

Try Connolly's pub&restaurant, there are a few locations in midtown around times square, although the one on W 45 St. seems to be a little better than the others.

May 02, 2008
mariestack in Manhattan

BEST BBQ RIBS IN NYC?

Dallas BBQ is a horrible tourist trap. So cavernous, tons of tables, but only average food. The BEST for years to me is a small place called Dukes, on 3rd Ave. in the Flatiron district. Their ribs, brisket, mac & cheese, and just about everything else are top notch and fresh. A must would be the bread pudding to finish off a perfectly delicious, albiet messy meal!

May 02, 2008
mariestack in Manhattan

Best Gelato

Definitely L&B Spumoni Gardens on 86 St., or Ices Queen on Utica Ave. Avoid Dolly's on Ave. U, they use Ralph's Ices. That wouldn't be so bad in itself, since ices made fresh at Ralph's are great, but they always taste days old.

May 02, 2008
mariestack in Outer Boroughs

Michael's of Brooklyn

Michael's is only ok. I lived in Sheepshead Bay for 30 years before moving to SI, and can honestly say that in the area my two choices for a reasonably priced meal would be Fiorentino's or Trattoria, both on Ave. U. If you want to go a little bit further, definitely L&B Spumoni Gardens, which is a nice eat in pizza restaurant. Il Fornetto on Emmons Ave., or Areo on 3rd Ave in Bay Ridge are also winners.

May 02, 2008
mariestack in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island's Best

Hope someone is still reading! I'm on the South Shore too, and have to disagree on the pizza-while the garbage pie at Denino's is great, their plain traditional pie is just ok. Joe & Pat's on Victory or Brother's pizza on port richmond Ave, NOT to be confused with any other "Brothers," are to me far better. On the South Shore Nuccis is ok, Ciro is overrated and tries but fails to do thin crust pizza like Totonno's in Brooklyn. Italian restaurants by far are Cafe Bondi on Hylan Blvd, Dongan Hills, and Panarea on Page Ave., Tottenville. For pizza place Italian restaurant, definitely try La Bella on Hylan in Great Kills. They have the best fried calamari and an outstanding pizza. There are also a ton of Ralph's ices on the South Shore, newest one on Huguenot by Amboy, also on Amboy by Bloomingdale. Do not go to the Top Tomato on Victory, instead head to the one on Page Ave. in Richmond Valley/Tottenville-much cleaner, and they have a pretty good fish market. Pastries hands down is Luigi's Dolceria on Hylan Blvd in Great Kills, the original baker of Alba's in Brooklyn has thankfully transplanted out here to that store, however the old Alba's is no longer worth the trip, nor is it necessary! Butcher-Regina Annadale meat market on Annadale Rd has some great meal plans and usually need just an hour notice to deliver to you, or you can buy a lot of nice meats at Top Tomato. Cake has to go to Marchese on Seguine Ave, really fresh and moist, totally delicious-I ordered my last 3 party cakes from there this year. They have a Neopolitan cookie cake that's to die for. Best diners to me are Mike's Place on Hylan Blvd. and Annadale Diner.

Apr 29, 2008
mariestack in Outer Boroughs

Best place to eat in Brooklyn?

For a loud and crowded yet delicious meal, try Fiorentino's on Avenue U by McDonald Ave, or Trattoria on Ave. U by E. 25-ish St. OR in Bay Ridge, Areo on 3rd Ave. is fantastic, they serve more than the standard red sauce with a lot of meat options as well as seafood.

Apr 29, 2008
mariestack in Outer Boroughs

Best bakery/sweets in Brooklyn?

Tasty Pastry on 13 Ave. in Dyker Heights, by far the BEST. Court St. pastry is also pretty good, but to me somewhat overrated.

Apr 29, 2008
mariestack in Outer Boroughs

Best Store to buy fish in bklyn??

Been going for years to Hosanna Fish Market, 8018 5th Ave. You'd never know it was a fish market, the place has no smell and the fish is fresh fresh FRESH.

Apr 29, 2008
mariestack in Outer Boroughs