Many people tout New York City as the food capital of the world. But it’s impossible to experience the city’s diverse culinary scene if you never leave Manhattan. For those foodies who are looking to get off the beaten path (and don’t mind waking up early to do so), here are 10 of the best spots to explore on Staten Island
for brunch and breakfast.
Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
While you’re escaping the city, why not aim to escape the country for brunch? Beso
, a Staten Island mainstay, is renowned for its Spanish-style tapas. But those who visit on the weekend will find a brunch menu filled with Spanish-inspired breakfast items, such as bistek con huevos
, alongside brunch classics, including French toast. The best part, however, is that a three-course brunch will set everybody back just $25 per person.
Restaurant, European, $$$
Escape to Europe at Alor Cafe
—everybody raves about the crêpe options. Brunch is available every day, and on the weekends, the menu extends until 3:00 p.m. If you’re in the mood for classic brunch food, you can’t go wrong with the eggs benedict or breakfast sandwich options.
Every Thing Goes Book Cafe
Anybody looking to dive into Staten Island’s cool side should start right here. Every Thing Goes Book Cafe
(which goes by “ETG” in local circles) is home to the island’s largest collection of books and a stage where local acts constantly perform. In terms of brunch and breakfast food, there’s a solid list of coffee-based drinks, but the star of the menu is the Itiji bowl, a healthy rice-based bowl that will get you your daily dose of vegetables.
Restaurant, American, $$$
This new-ish (it opened in 2016) Staten Island eatery took the borough by storm when it proclaimed itself Staten Island’s first restaurant dedicated solely to New York’s favorite meal. Project Brunch
features a trendy menu with churro waffles, fried Oreo pancakes, and “PB” acai or pitaya bowls.
The Stone House at Clove Lakes
Restaurant with Rooms, American, $$$
Anybody looking for an upscale brunch on Staten Island need not look any further. The Stone House
, a fine-dining restaurant, sits in a manor overlooking the picturesque Clove Lakes. However, the experience won’t ruin your wallet. The brunch menu only costs $25 and includes one drink, an entrée, dessert and a scrumptious basket of corn muffins. Plus, if you fall in love with the brunch, you can even get married there.
J’s On The Bay
Diner, American, $$$
People line up and wait for the chicken and waffles at J’s
. For the complete experience, copy everybody else and order this favorite Southern brunch dish, and then tack on one of the unique milkshakes (such as wild cherry apricot) to round things out. Then when you’re completely stuffed, take a minute to appreciate the old-school diner interior, featuring red chairs and a black-and-white checkered floor.
Bakery, Italian, $$$
Put Staten Island’s Italian-American culture to the test at this pastry and coffee shop. If you’re looking to kick off your day with cannoli and a cappuccino, this is where the locals go. And there’s good news—if you start developing a craving for Pasticceria Bruno
, you can also pick up the pastries at their outpost in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.
Beans and Leaves
Cafe, American, $$$
When on the prowl for a caffeine fix in Staten Island, Beans and Leaves
, a coffee and tea shop, should satisfy all cravings. Right now, the restaurant is going through a resurgence, featuring their crazy array of waffles. Visitors can taste waffles made from sprinkles, cereal or candy. It’s also possible to build your own waffle, so let your sweet tooth (and imagination) run wild.
Restaurant, American, $$$
It’s always good to support a great cause while eating a delicious meal. Harvest Café
gives back to the community by employing people with disabilities to serve and prepare the food and keep the café running. Since opening in 2011, the restaurant has taught its employees about the food industry and eventually helps them land jobs elsewhere. And if that weren’t enough, the brunch menu (which only costs $14.95) includes classics such as eggs benedict, cinnamon French toast, and chicken and waffles.
Restaurant, Cajun, $$$
If you prefer brunch with a side of entertainment, this Cajun-style spot serves up live jazz during every weekend brunch. The $25 weekend jazz brunch at Bayou
includes a drink, an entrée (pork remoulade or the voodoo crêpe are two solid options), and a comforting Southern-style dessert to wrap it all up.