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Where to Eat in Staten Island: The St. Johns College Guide


Tired of St. John’s dining hall food and microwave ramen? Living off-campus and still getting used to having a kitchen, but you can’t have delivery again this week?

Don’t take the ferry out to Manhattan when your parents come to visit, or hike out to Brooklyn to impress your Tinder date. You can find every type of food you could possibly want right here.

Staten Island has its own melting pot of cuisines, with local restaurants and cafes featuring affordable eats from all around the world. 

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Italian: Eat Italian NYC


655 Rossville Ave

It would be wrong to start this list off with anything other than Staten Island’s world famous italian food. There are so many places to choose from,but Eat Italian NYC is a favorite of the students at St. John’s. Reserve a lowkey, candle-lit meal for date night, grab brunch with the besties on Sunday, or cater your org’s semi-formal with their authentic Italian cuisine.

Korean BBQ: 99 Flavor Taste


201 New Dorp Lane

For something a little more hands on, head over to 99 Flavor taste, and all-you-can-eat Chinese hot pot and Korean BBQ restaurant. Grill your food right in front of you, and if it’s your birthday week, bring 3 other friends and you eat for free! Other locations in Brooklyn, LES, and Flushing.

Japanese: Hawaii Poke Bowl


1430 Richmond Avenue

A quick, fresh,and healthy meal is always available at Hawaii Poke Bowl. Order to your dorm room or make a trip into town to pick up a Protein Bowl and pair that with a refreshing Bubble Tea or Fruit Smoothie. 

Bistro Thai


2655 Richmond Avenue

Located in the heart of the Staten Island Mall, you can stop by Bistro Thai for a quick boost of pad thai and thai tea before picking up everything you need to turn looks at this semester’s semiformal.

Spanish: El Pollo


560 Richmond road

Probably the most affordable thing on this list, with free delivery, you can’t go wrong getting take out from El Pollo. With dozens of options including everything from Oxtail to Egg Custard to Papaya Shakes to classic Rice and Beans, you could order from here every day for a month a still get something different every day.

Mexican: Mezcal’s


20 Bradley Ave

A family owned business using generations of authentic Mexican recipes, Mezcal’s offers as close to a home cooked latin meal as you can get, delivered right to your dormroom.

Tiki Bar: Marina Cafe


154 Mansion Avenue

Why have lunch or dinner inside, when you can dine in luxury with a gorgeous view of Great Kills Harbour. Their heated outdoor tiki bar is perfect for all seasons and is the perfect place for a night out on the town with someone special.


Coffee Shops and Desserts: 

Main Street Coffee 


173 Main Street 

This cafe is family owned and serves artisanal, small batch coffee as well as açaí bowls, smoothies, waffles, pastries, and a variety of toasts. In the heart of Tottenville, this unique cafe has copper countertops and walls decorated in subway tiles to give it that New York feel. 

Piece a Cake 


177 New Dorp Lane

This bakery is one of multiple locations on Staten Island, but the New Drop lane is the only one that also has a cafe that offers soups, salads, and sandwiches. They have the most incredible pastries and donuts, so be sure to visit their adjacent bakery, The Cookie Jar, for decorative cookie jars and their famous Marshmallow Milkshake.

Eggers Homemade Ice Cream


441 Clarke Ave

Situated in Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town, this summertime hangout is where all the locals go to cool off. Get a classic egg cream of ice cream float, or order a cake to celebrate any special occasions!

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All of the restaurants and eateries on this list are a short drive or bus ride away from Grymes Hill Apartments, located at 42 Arlo Road in Staten Island. It’s conveniently located within a 4-minute walk from St. John’s and a 7-minute walk away from Wagner College. Grymes Hills Apartments tries hard to be the perfect place to live while you finish your degree and transition after graduation.

Please let us know which restaurants you enjoyed in the comments below!

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