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Johnny's Reef

#51 of 1,014 Restaurants in Bronx
#54 of 1,127 Places to Eat in Bronx
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2 City Island Ave., NY 10464
718-885-2086
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating

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    Very good
  • 9
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Classic City Island Spot

This is one of the staple restaurants in City Island. You can't go wrong with the fried shrimp and French fries basket. One of my favorite places to go to in the summer.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is one of the staple restaurants in City Island. You can't go wrong with the fried shrimp and French fries basket. One of my favorite places to go to in the summer.

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Bronx, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

At the tip end of City Island, this always-crowded, rustic eatery specializes in very fresh seafood in big portions and low prices. The food is sold in separate sections against a long wall, starting with soft drinks, then fried fish and seafood, raw bar, salads, other dishes, condiments, and alcohol. It takes some strategizing to get your meal together. Recommend... More 

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Thomasville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The food is very low priced for the amount of food you receive. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor seats especially during non-crowded times. However, they only accept cash. Thankfully, my friends were able to cover my meal and I later paid them back.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

If you are looking for a no-frills, quick, tasty and filling meal, this is your place. We tried the fried shrimp, fried scallops and chicken tenders. Very good. It's very crowded, but there was no line. Lots of seating indoors and out. This is cafeteria style ordering and seating, but perfect if you are wanting some good food without the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

My wife grew up in the Bronx and when we went to NYC, she said we had to go to City Island. I had never heard of the place but I was game. She took me to Johnny's for the fried lobster and shrimp and it was awesome! Well worth the train and the bus ride to get there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It's gritty, it's simple, it's unpretentious—and it's a relic. Most of all, however, it's good. After 65 years of dishing up tasty fried grub, Johnny's Reef, continues to draw hungry seafarers as well as landlubbers to the southern tip of City Island. On my visits, I usually head straight to station 4 in the fry section. Though the shrimp are... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I've always said this place reminds me of my high school lunchroom only more delicious. You have all types of seafood as well as ribs, chicken, burgers. Colder months I go for the clam chowder, red or white. While most have their seafood fried, you also have the steamed option with seasoning. Simple food, order as you eat. Steamed is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

One of my favorite spots when I am in a rush. Sad to say the past few times I have been disappointed. The food tasted soggy like it was sitting around for awhile. Will try again when its warmer because I am NOT a seafood city fan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Do yourself a favour stay away on weekends; it's a madhouse. During the week you'll avoid the maddening crowds, traffic and the food really is more tasty.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

At the far end of City Island, a fried fish dining hall with outside seating. You get your food yourself (no table service) and eat either inside (absolutely no decor) or outside. Fried fish was good, white Clam Chowder was pretty bland. Butter/garlic shrimp were ok. The food was absolutely ok - if you don't mind the "factory canteen" look... More 

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Additional Information about Johnny's Reef

Address: 2 City Island Ave., NY 10464
Phone Number: 718-885-2086
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Bronx
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 City Island Ave., NY 10464
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Bronx
  • Phone Number: 718-885-2086

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?