There aren't a ton of great restaurants in Staten Island. Hell, there aren't a ton of GOOD restaurants there. But there are some! And here they are.
A great, no-frills Staten Island bar that serves very good pizza, Denino's has been elevated to destination status, largely because it's near the ferry. It is good, but don't go there expecting a miracle.
Some locals may grouse at the prices, which are indeed higher than Staten Islanders are used to, but the fresh and reliable food cooked at this casual eatery really is on par with comparable bistros in Manhattan.
This rock-solid restaurant is probably your best bet in Staten Island for non-red sauce Italian food. The flavors are on point and the pastas diverse and beautifully executed. Really a find, especially for the neighborhood.
An original, casual, homey restaurant offering an eclectic menu and warm service, Vida has become one of the most admired places in Staten Island, and for good reason.
The title of "Staten Island's Only New Orleans-Themed Restaurant" should be a melancholy one, but this lively bar and grill has verve and zing worthy of its name.
Dosas of sublime delicacy are this Indian restaurant's whole reason for being, and they deliver. The vegetarian fillings are what they were meant to contain, though; the meat ones are too heavy.
Widely considered the best Italian restaurant in Staten Island, Maria Enoteca earns the title largely on the strength of its handmade pastas, which are numerous, varied, and really, very fine.
Live music and almost-live seafood are the draw at this mid-level Staten Island restarant, a favorite for parties and wedding receptions.
German beer, grilled wursts, and good times are the hallmarks of this Staten Island brauhaus, which features a lively outdoor garden.