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2. Lobster Box34 City Island Ave, Bronx
3. Seafood City459 City Island Ave, Bronx
4. Original Crab Shanty361 City Island Ave, Bronx
5. Lobster House691 Bridge St, Bronx
6. Seashore Restaurant and Marina591 City Island Ave, Bronx
7. Sammy's Shrimp Box64 City Island Ave, Bronx
8. Black Whale279 City Island Ave, Bronx
9. City Island Nautical Museum190 Fordham St, Bronx
10. Lickety Split Ice Cream295 City Island Avenue, City Island
11. Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery249 City Island Ave, Bronx
12. The Snug302 City Island Ave, Bronx
13. Fella's522 City Island Ave, Bronx
14. Alehouse City Island288 City Island Ave, Bronx
This counter-service seafood shack has been serving steamed and fried seafood on City Island since the 1950s. Bring cash and pray for sunny skies, so you can take your food out to one of many waterfront picnic tables on the patio.
Lobster Box on City Island has been serving up lobster and other seafood since 1946. Take in views of Long Island Sound from one of three nautical-themed dining rooms. This place is loved by locals and celebrities alike, including the late Frank Sinatra and Andy Garcia. Cocktails, beer and wine are available and reservations are welcome.
This spacious, family-friendly spot in City Island offers fresh seafood dishes in a colorful, cafeteria-style space. Food is served on paper plates and handed out on trays, and kids can keep busy with rides and arcade games along the walls. There's patio seating as well, which you should take advantage of given the spot's waterfront location.
Crab Shanty on City Island is a neighborhood go-to for overflowing seafood plates and Italian fare. They've got raw bar options, endless crab variations and plenty of combos for when you can't decide between lobster or shrimp. The space is very casual, with a nautical theme and comfy booths where you can don your lobster bib in peace.
This City Island spot right off Long Island Sound delivers fresh, local seafood year round. The decor is simple, the ambiance is casual, and you can opt to sit either indoors or outdoors (though you may be waiting longer for the latter). They always have several "catch of the day" options that are happily prepared according to your specifications. The place gets very busy in the summer, so try to arrive early!
This spot has been a City Island classic since 1929, serving guests both on a patio right on the water and in an elegant dining room. Classic seafood dishes are served alongside sushi and sashimi, all pairing beautifully with picks from their wine list and cocktail menu. Be seated for sunset if you want particularly stunning dinner views.
This City Island spot is the place Manhattanites should be trekking for fresh, quality seafood. It's open year round, serving up everything from lobster to calamari alongside signature frozen cocktails. In the summer months they have a late-night menu and remain open until 2am. With patio seating outside and cozy, comfy booths inside, there's plenty of space to settle in for a seafood feast.
A brick-tiled garden complete with weeping willows, potted florals, and dangling windchimes is one major draw of this City Island spot. The other is the reliably tasty American menu featuring everything from seafood to sandwiches in addition to decadent desserts. Around for ten years, The Black Whale is a revival of a place of the same name from the 60s and displays plenty of old photographs to evoke the nostalgia. Stop by on Sundays for the beloved brunch buffet.
City Island Nautical Museum, open only on weekends and by appointment, encompasses all facets of City Island life, both past and present. You’ll learn all about City Island’s ship building history and see wooden boat displays and photographs of City Island life from years gone by. And the best part? Admission is completely free.
Housed in what looks like an old cottage, this ice cream shop has a 1950s vibe and a solid amount of outdoor seating for those hot days when ice cream is almost necessary. They serve sorbet, hard ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurt, offering a few homemade flavors in addition to known ice cream brands. The servers are notoriously over-generous with portion sizes, so be sure to stock up on napkins.
This artsy City Island hangout is part store, part music venue and part coffeeshop. Handmade jewelry and other crafty wares are sold alongside strong espresso drinks and cafe menu items. Beer and wine is available at night when musicians come to play life. It's a great place to get out of the sun for a while and tap into your artistic side.
The Snug, a no-frills Irish pub, is a favorite among locals of City Island. It's small, has a friendly and welcoming staff, and serves food from the diner next door. There are a few TVs to watch games, but most people come here to talk to their neighbors and have a few drinks. There's occasional live music, but the place never gets too crowded to be comfortable.
This dive bar is where all the local workers come to drink after their restaurant shifts on City Island. It's got reliably cheap drinks, a pool table and a fun, diverse crowd. The bartenders are very friendly, often willing to pour you a free drink after you've paid for a couple yourself. There's nothing fancy or incredibly unique about this place: it's just a good, solidly consistent watering hole.
This informal brewpub on City Island offers six taps and over 100 bottled beers to thirsty locals and tourists alike. They serve pub food and have occasional live music along with ample patio seating. The vibe is low-key and the prices are reasonable, two great characteristics of a classic neighborhood bar.