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The Fantastic Five: Five Star Restaurants Of Stapleton

Modern Design and Ambiance at The Richmond on Bay Street
Modern Design and Ambiance at The Richmond on Bay Street. Photo: Ettore Mazzei

Located on Staten Island, Stapleton is but a ferry & train ride away from Manhattan. One of the impressive aspects of this burgeoning neighborhood is its growing food scene. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites!

Vinum Wine Bar and Restaurant


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With a name like Vinum, you wouldn’t need to guess what to expect when you walk through their doors! Located at 704 Bay St, the Italian themed restaurant has racked up raving reviews. One customer warmly commented “Great spot. Massimo the owner and amazing chef makes everyone feel special.” Another said they’ve been to “many great restaurants on Staten Island and this is by far my favorite”. For Italian cuisine done right, this is the place to be!

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Taverna on The Bay

Recently opened at 661 Bay St., this venue adds an exciting Mediterranean and Seafood Cuisine experience to Stapleton’s growing food scene.

“Taverna presents an expansive Mediterranean menu of chops, steaks, pasta (including house-made ribbons and various ravioli from Pastosa of West Brighton) along with a heavy play on seafood. Raw selections include shrimp, clams and oysters on the half-shell, smoked salmon, tuna tartare, ceviche with calmari, shrimp, mussels and a “fish of the day.” A “Seafood Bowl” feeds four to six guests with assorted shellfish including King and Snow crab legs.” – SILive

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The Richmond

Located at 695 Bay St, this new restaurant is sure to be a new york city favorite. Customers have already had the chance to taste the high-end farm-to-table food The Richmond serves. The restaurant is essentially a French-American bistro and can seat over 100 customers.

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Amendment 18

Providing decades of live music every night to eager customers is no small feat. Come on down to 691 Bay St and see why Amendment 18 has proved itself to be the Staple of Stapleton. If your nightlife needs a bit of flavor while still maintaining a level of warmth and class, this speakeasy grill is your number 1 space! With a vibrant menu for burger lovers and beer lovers alike, you’ll soon see why the business has been so successful for so long.

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Lakruwana serves authentic Sri Lankan cuisine in an authentic Sri Lankan Atmosphere. The restaurant located at 668 Bay St offers buffet-style dinner with a dine-in lunch option for the weekends. With reviews saying Lakruwana is the “Best place to eat Indian style food in the NYC”

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Ettore grew up working in the restaurant & catering business from the age of 12. He graduated from the College of Staten Island with a Bachelors in Mathematics & Finance in 1985. In 1986 he started chez vous caterers from the basement of his home in Dongan Hills. In Oct 1987 he rented the first floor of Edgewater Hall at 691 Bay Street. A few years later he added the party rental division to chez vous. In 1997 he purchased Edgewater Hall and renovated the lofts on the second & third floor making them party spaces. Shortly thereafter he purchased from his tenant the cellar bar creating Dock Street Underground a live music venue. With real estate prices increasing in NYC, Ettore expanded to the Catskill Mountains and purchased Shandelee Lake Inn, a 1860 dutch barn and the first mansion built in Liberty NY and restored them. His creative projects include his CD Sweet on You, his book, It’s Your Right to be Fit, Sexed, and Happy, So Claim It, and he is developing a TV series called Business Underground. He is a partner in Hanz On Music, an R&B / Hip Hop record label. Their latest project method Man presents Hanz On, includes the single “Shining Star” which is available on iTunes. Their next project The Meth Lab is Method's Man next album. His publishing company, Relationship Ed Publishing has released, you jump i jump and will be releasing will be releasing Healthy Relationships 101:The Book
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