TakayamaSushiLounge
Enoteca Maria 
Sanrasa
Christopher DiScipio/Thrillist
Zest
Beso
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1. Takayama Sushi Lounge 17 Page Ave, Staten Island, NY 10309 (Staten Island)

The interior of this sushi lounge is hella swanky. Plus, specialty rolls like the rock shrimp tempura and Volcano Roll are delicious. You can even come buy on a Sunday for an “All-U-Can-Eat” glutinous extravaganza for $24.95.

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2. Bayou Restaurant 1072 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10305 (Staten Island)

This is some Cajun-Creole fare that offers some serious bang for your buck -- we're talking a $19.95 three-course prix fixe Sunday brunch comes with a complimentary cocktail and live jazz. Plus the alligator bites are killer.

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3. Enoteca Maria 27 Hyatt St, Staten Island, NY 10301 (Staten Island)

Enoteca Maria, a true Staten Island trattoria, is only open from Wednesday-Sunday with a different Italian woman in the kitchen every night. The concept is incredibly unique and the food unquestionably delicious and authentic. Each day brings a new menu from a new region of Italy, and an excellent selection of wines to pair with your meal (all from small-batch producers in Italy). This is one dining experience you simply can't replicate anywhere else in the city.

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4. The Phunky Elephant 1271 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10305 (Staten Island)

The Phunky Elephant's modern take on pub fare is as gut-busting as it is creative. Plus, they've got an eclectic brew and cocktail selection that ain’t bad either.

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5. San Rasa Restaurant 19 Corson Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301 (Staten Island)

Staten Island is home to one of the largest Sri Lanken communities and so there are many authentic Sri Lanken spots to choose from. San Rasa is one of the best. They even cook with spices imported directly from Sri Lanken. It's the real deal.

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6. Blue 1115 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Staten Island)

Blue has fresh seafood, a calming ambience and a waterfront location. But if you still need another reason to go, there's a Sunday afternoon clambake for $29.95.

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7. Pizzeria Giove 278 New Dorp Ln, Staten Island, NY 10306

If you think Bobby Flay can throw down, then head to this pizzeria for pies from the man who he lost to on Food Network's Throwdown. Hit up the Variopinta for a mouthful of mozz, pancetta, zucchini, plus garlic- and herb-infused butter.

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8. Ruddy & Dean North Shore Steak 44 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301 (Staten Island)

Ruddy and Deans is one of the best steakhouses on Staten Island and it's only a seven minute walk from the ferry -- meaning the rooftop seating has an incredible view of downtown Manhattan. Plus, the steaks here are dry aged 14-21 days and hand selected by owner Danny Mills. You really can't go wrong, especially if you order the porterhouse for two with sides of creamed spinach and lobster mac and cheese.

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9. Zest 977 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10305 (Staten Island)

Zest is the perfect spot for a summer date night. They have a great wine selection and seriously serene garden seating, and you really can't go wrong with the seared magret duck breast with a port wine demi-glace, carefully nestled on top of baby spinach and potato au gratin.

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10. Vida 381 Van Duzer St, Staten Island, NY 10304 (Staten Island)

At this Michelin-guide-mentioned Staten Island spot, Chef Silva Popaz elegantly brings together Mediterranean, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese cooking into one fluid menu. Always make sure to start with the Vida Bites: slow roasted-pulled pork, pico de gallo, and avocado spread crostinis, they're a perfect started to whatever Silva has cooking that night.

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11. Beso 11 Schuyler St, Staten Island, NY 10301 (Staten Island)

The Spanish food here is truly fantastic and the $21 prix-fixe on Monday is worth every penny and every minute spent on the ferry getting there. The paella is a must and the house-made red sangria is even must-ier.

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12. Bocelli Restaurant 1250 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305 (Staten Island)

This is THE spot for Italian-American cuisine on Staten Island (or at least, ONE of THE spots). Everything is amazing but the pappardelle al champagne -- wide fettuccine, lobster tail, scallops, and shrimp in a light cream and champagne sauce -- is pretty much the greatest thing ever.

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