Staten Island Ferry

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Hey, tourists!

I'm going to share with you what no local wants to. This blog is dedicated to New York tourists and visitors who think it's a good idea to take the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island only to immediately get back on to go to Manhattan again. It sounds absurd but I see people do it all the time.

Firstly, the Staten Island Ferry is FREE. Now, this doesn't mean people won't try to sell you tickets. Everyone in New York is trying to make a buck. There are groups of people right outside the terminal selling "tickets" to see the State of Liberty. They're trying to sell tickets to the free ferry that has a view of that precious gift from France. Just keep walking, get on the ferry, check out lady liberty and get off the ferry.

This is where the locals come in. Do not immediately get back on the ferry. The ferry departs every half hour, you'll make it back. Once you get off the ferry, leave the terminal. If you're going to take a trip to Staten Island you may as well stay awhile. 

Staten Island locals love to eat, so what better way to see the island, also known as Shaolin ala Wu-Tang, than to grab some good food. You're in luck, there are five places to satisfy your appetite, so close to the Staten Island Ferry that you could walk to them. 

I ranked these next five based on proximity to the ferry

Maries 2

Hours: Most days 11:30 AM - 10 PM

Address: 5 Hyatt St, Staten Island, NY 10301

3-minute walk from ferry

Maries 2 opened up recently after the success of Marie's on Victory Blvd. We could confidently say that anything you choose on their menu will lead you to a satisfied belly. This location is smaller than their first but they worked well with the space to deliver a snazzy dining experience. The place is so new that I can't easily find their menu so here's a link to their facebook page : Maries 2

Pier 76 

Hours: Most days 11 AM - 10 PM

Address: 76 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301

3-minute walk from ferry

So you're in NYC and you haven't gotten pizza yet? We'll you can visit Pier 76! This restaurant has a lengthy pizza and entree menu and it even has a kids menu for the little travel rugrats. You have your choice of pasta, wraps or paninis if you're over the whole pizza thing. If you're the mood for seafood, order the fried calamari which is definitely a Staten Island staple.

Beso 

Hours: Most days 11:30 AM - 11 PM 

Address: 11 Schuyler St, Staten Island, NY 10301

4-minute walk from ferry

 Beso is a hole in the wall restaurant and we mean that in the best possible way. A few steps underground, Beso has a speak-easy vibe. The food, Spanish tapas and yummy entrees,  is always fresh and great. The ambiance is dark moody and a bit small which makes it feel like you've been invited over to a Spanish painter's home for dinner. You can find the menu here: Beso NYC 

120 Bay Cafe previously known as Cargo 

Hours: Most days: 12 PM - 2 AM

Address: 120 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301

3-minute walk from ferry 

Staten Island locals know this place as Cargo since that was the name for the longest time. Over the years it's maintained it's cool aesthetic of aluminum foil wall and ceiling hangings. Your eyes will definitely have a lot to take in while you're chowing down. We suggest the pulled pork sandwich any day of the week. The french fries are also great which is really hard to find these days. You can find the menu here: 120 Bay Cafe

Craft House 

Hours: Closed on Tuesday. Go after 5PM and be leave by 12 AM (or visit their site for actual hours)

Address: 60 Van Duzer St, Staten Island, NY 10301

6-minute walk from Ferry

If you're going to take the ferry on a nice day, Craft House has an outdoor area that begs to be occupied. To be fair, we love outdoor areas. They offer craft beer on tap and an amazing mac and cheese. If you're feeling a little daring try their roasted corn dip with tortilla chips. Amanda got hooked on these for awhile, it was a serious problem. Craft House has tasty burgers and chicken and waffles which happened to be the only place that had it for awhile or the only place mentioning anyway. The environment is laid back and rustic which is always a crowd pleaser. Find their menu here: Craft House

 

Safe Travels,

The Travel Rats

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