Dongan Hills, Staten Island
650 Forest Ave., nr. Bement Ave., West Brighton 718-447-9276
This bar was making kick-ass burgers, on charbroiled Thomas’s English muffins, before burgers were cool.
2. Fortune Garden
1771 Hylan Blvd., nr. Liberty Ave. 718-979-6100
Best Chinese in the neighborhood. They make a big Dungeness crab ($24.25) with ginger and scallion that’s awesome.
1791 Hylan Blvd., nr. Buel Ave. 718-979-2630
I get the cold-cut sandwich: soppressata, provolone, and red peppers with brown mustard on semolina bread ($10.49/hero)
4. Colonnade Diner
2001 Hylan Blvd., nr. Jefferson Ave. 718-351-2900
They’ve been around since the sixties. If I had to pick a favorite: the spinach pie ($10.95).
5. LaRocca’s Italian Ices and Pizzeria
489 Midland Ave., nr. Kiswick St. 718-979-8833
My favorite Italian ice is cookies and cream ($3.75/large). It’s not low-fat, but it doesn’t weigh you down.
6. Joe’s Lobster House
1898 Hylan Blvd., nr. Seaver Ave. 718-667-0003
Lots of seafood, and everything’s fresh. The lobster bisque ($4.50) is awesome, with a piece of bread on the side.
7. Lee’s Tavern
60 Hancock St., nr. Garretson Ave. 718-667-9749
The best pizza in Staten Island. I get an anchovy pie ($12) and tell them to burn the anchovy until it disintegrates.