City Island

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City Island
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Island off the east coast of the Bronx that transforms into a seaside resort on weekends during the summer.
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P B NJ
Kinnelon, NJ29 contributions
Recently did the full Mosholu-Pelham Greenway from Van Cortland Park to City Island (22 miles R/T). I had read about City Island and always wanted to see it. Went on a weekday, so it was not crowded at all. The one main street is very interesting with lots of shops and restaurants (many at the far end). We did a few side streets down to the water and the old houses with beautiful back yards overlooking the bay and the NYC skyline were very cool to see. We had a great late lunch at the "Shrimp Box" where we ordered at an inside window and they brought the meal out to us in a nice tented patio area. It was hot on 6/1, so we were glad to have the cover, and a place to park our bikes. The Shrimp Box food was very tasty and plentiful and we would highly recommend them. We didn't see any beaches, but the bike ride through the island was great. City Island is not exactly Nantucket or the Vineyard as some reviewers have suggested, but rather a funky, fun get away place that is an interesting visit for everyone- don't miss it!
Written June 6, 2021
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Bikerchica
Bronx, NY12 contributions
Many restaurants to choose from on the strip. Friday - Sunday you hear the motorcycle pipes roaring by. Almost all of the restaurants have valet parking, you can park your own bike and take your keys. Just tip the valet for watching your motorcycle. Many restaurants have outdoor dining.
Written May 29, 2020
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Ellen C
Bronx, NY20 contributions
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City Island is a wonderful enclave off the coast of the Bronx, accessible by mass transit (#6 train to pelham bay, then #29 bus) and cars, that offers an escape from the crowded city. while it is by no means the equivalent of Cape Cod or harbor towns in Long Island, it is great for a day excursion. The skyline of Manhattan looms attractively in the distance beyond the small harbors and yacht clubs and most of the restaurants offer outdoor, waterside dining in a variety of price ranges. While visitors can enjoy the huge servings of fresh seafood at the pricier, more elegant establishments, many families from the city love the tremendous bargains at Seafood City (halfway up the island's main street, City Island Avenue) or Johnny's Reef, at the far end of the island. Both offer cafeteria style dining of fresh seafood or barbecue-type specials where patrons can take their food outside on picnic tables by the water for lots of fresh air and harbor breezes. Their is a nautical museum for visitors, craft shops, special street/art fairs on holiday weekends, and small-town type parades on special holidays. There is also a French restaurant on City Island Avenue as well and a great little old fashioned ice cream store near a lovely mini-park with a dolphin statue. I love to visit in spring, fall, or summer weekdays. Summer weekends are more crowded, though it's great for Sunday brunch at the Black Whale and mornings are fine. There is a wonderful resident theater group, City island Theater, about 2/3 up City Island Avenue that present four very professional productions each year. CAVEAT--stay away on Mother's Day, when the whole world seems to descend on that single land bridge and traffic backs up for hours. All and all, a charming treasure, cherished by Bronxites, and a unique city experience for visitors.
Written May 23, 2015
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terry crawford
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dont permit cars on the island! traffic absolute nitemare, best to take bus. dont even think of going there on a holiday unless you sleep in your car and leave at 3am to get there by dinner time

while island is beautiful and scenic restaurants are too over priced, small portions. i have yet to meet an impressive staff or at least one worker that was impressive.

they rush you in and out!
Written August 22, 2020
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Tracy F
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Couples
Not a fan of City Island. This place is way overpriced. Several restaurants all selling the same dishes. Some places have valet parking. Not a lot of places to park. I'd avoid this area if possible.
Written March 5, 2020
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ANTHONY R
Bronx, New York29 contributions
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This isolated neighborhood in the Bronx is NOT worth the trip from anywhere at anytime, but especially during the summer. Access by car is horrendous on weekends. City Island Avenue is a 1.2 mile dead end road full of overpriced, pretentious "greasy spoon" restaurants, abandoned homes with weed choked front yards and decades vacant storefronts. "Fresh seafood from adjoining waters " is a myth since surrounding waters have long since been polluted by dioxin leaching from nearby landfill which is now closed. If you like a large portion of deep fried "fresh fish" coming out of a deep fryer filled with old oil and reeking of garlic then City Island is for you. Otherwise, I strongly advise you to avoid this island at all cost. It is NOT Nantucket!
Written July 30, 2013
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Kathryn S
Syosset, NY99 contributions
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My husband and I received a Groupon for a restaurant in City Island. So we decided to leave early so we could walk around. Needless to say there was nothing to see. We ended up walking for an hour and a half up and down the streets until our dinner reservation. Except for a small park like area to walk across and a tiny bridge there was really nothing to see. The shirtless man laying on the bench was not an attractive sight, park was not clean and I didn't even want to sit on the bench. City Island is surrounded by water but all the waterfront areas are in front of private houses, so there was really nothing to see. There is no shopping, it just seems like a nieghborhood street with a few restaurants, no tourist attractions or shops to walk around. Sorry we got there so early. We will not be returning to City Island.
Written September 24, 2012
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George
Bayside, NY1,064 contributions
As a native New Yorker I've been going to City Island ever since a kid. Today's City Island is not the same. All restaurants in my opinion are a rip off. Been to every single one of them. Known for their lobster, shrimp, and fish. It is a charming town nestled in old fishing town community.
Finally, be aware of their surf and turf. It's nothing to brag about and you pay through your nose. If I had to recommend one it would be "Sea Shore". Since it attacks a certain clientele the owners think everyone's an idiot. Wayyyyyy too expensive!!!!
Written November 25, 2013
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Riddoch88
Sydney, Australia784 contributions
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Jump aboard a 6 train to the end of the line at Pelham Bay Park, then board a City Island bound BX29 bus to the last stop and visit Tony's Pier for some great fried shrimp and oysters, from there you can stroll the main street or catch the bus again and explore NYC's largest park.
Along the way you'll get a deeper perspective of NYC and its people.
Written January 27, 2017
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tvwarmup
Burbank, CA80 contributions
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City Island was once a nice place to visit. There's one main street, marinas, good people - a far cry from the type of people living in other sections of the Bronx. They are very particular who they let live there - ala Arthur Avenue section in the Bronx. Every restaurant there, I mean everyone, is way overpriced. The quality is down - prices sky high. I ate at Sammy's, Anna's Seafood and last year, Johnny's Reef (see my review). So not worth the price. Check out other reviews of City Island restaurants before making the trip.
Written February 1, 2015
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