Restaurants Follow the Building Boom on Staten Island
Staten Island is already a low-key dining destination, with well-established Italian, German and Sri Lankan restaurants that draw locals, as well as weekenders who hop the 24-hour ferry from Manhattan. But with a recent upswing in residential construction in Stapleton, along the North Shore, come plenty of new restaurants.
At Vinum, a small wine bar and restaurant, Massimo Felici, who ran La Nonna and Ribollita in Manhattan, plans to pour a vast selection of wines by the glass — at least 40 to start. Mr. Felici will serve simple Italian small plates, including several kinds of meatballs and fresh pastas, in the evening. And in the morning, Mr. Felici, a former baker, will serve espresso drinks and house-made baked goods like muffins and banana bread.
Billy Durney, the pitmaster behind Hometown Bar-B-Que in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has partnered with Victor Rallo to open Surf, a two-story restaurant that will seat more than 200 people by the waterfront. Mr. Durney and Mr. Rallo plan to open next month in Urby, a huge rental complex with amenities geared toward the food-obsessed: an apiary, a farm and even the occasional fermentation workshop. Though Surf won’t focus on barbecue, when Mr. Durney is in the kitchen, smoke is a theme. The kitchen will be equipped with wood-burning ovens and grills.
In November, Joe Iovino and Damian De Rosaire will open Seppe Pizza Bar, a pizzeria in the same development. Mr. Iovino and the chef, his brother, John Iovino, have roots in Naples and plan to serve their grandmother’s meaty ravioli in marinara sauce, filled with house-made sausage and cheese. But their pizzas will be thin-crusted and crisp rather than Neapolitan-style.
Beyond the fall, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, the Hugh Mangum restaurant that began as a Smorgasburg stall, will introduce its fatty briskets to Empire Outlets, a shopping complex opening early next year by the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. And unlike the restaurant’s other locations, this one will have a full bar.
Seppe Pizza Bar 3 Navy Pier Court, Stapleton, Staten Island, November.
Surf 37 Navy Pier Court, Stapleton, Staten Island, September.
Vinum 704 Bay Street, Stapleton, Staten Island, September.
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Correction: August 29, 2017
An earlier version of this article misstated the planned location of Mighty Quinn’s. It will be a stand-alone restaurant inside Empire Outlets, not part of the complex’s food court. The article also incorrectly reported that the restaurant would use digital scales.
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