Each of the five boroughs under the "New York City" umbrella could function independently, but more than any other, Staten Island plays the lone wolf. It doesn’t boast like Manhattan or suffocate you with its brand like Brooklyn. Other than providing the occasional backdrop for a reality TV stereotype, Staten Island culture is still something of an unknown, even among New Yorkers.
A short, scenic ride across the Hudson can begin to change all that. The Staten Island Ferry has been shuttling passengers to and from the hamlet for over 200 years, introducing countless visitors to its classic red sauce Italian restaurants, authentic Sri Lankan fare, and splashy gastropub newcomers. Get to know the borough with our favorite picks.