Time was when City Island was a dining destination; there was Thwaites, the Lobster Box was really special, and it was worth the trip. Currently, with the exception of Arties's and the inexpensive fish (mostly fried) places at the end of the Island, which are great in their own right for what they are, the pickin's are pretty sparse.
Enter Bistro SK. What a treat! A fine little French style bistro in the middle of City Island. The food was excellent -- duck confit was served off the bone, a courtesy I've never seen; potatoes, roast and fried, were delicious (serving the fries in a paper sleeve would have been nicer than the non-descript bowl they came in); scallops were fresh, the steak in steak frites was a sirloin, and the Tarte Tatin was terrific, and came out with the other desserts (chocolate mousse was pretty adult - not too sweet) without the usual delay.
The wine list is inexpensive.
It was a warm October day, and we sat in the small, walled garden, and it was a very pleasant place to eat. The best part of the experience, however, is the owner, who takes all the orders and is proud of his specials. He's personable, knowledgeable, and engaged.
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