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“Top five restaurants of NYC; best on Staten Island”
Review of Carol's Cafe

Carol's Cafe
Ranked #276 of 818 Restaurants in Staten Island
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Los Angeles, California
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140 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Top five restaurants of NYC; best on Staten Island”
Reviewed May 9, 2012

Chef Carol Frazzetta is one of the stars of USA culinary arts. Everything is home made. The spices are perfectly blended and nuanced. She easily beats out places like Per Se, Jean Georges, or Gramercy Tavern. She is right there with Daniel Boulud in the quality of her food. It just tastes delicious! She makes everything from the famed Broccolli rabe, to the wonderful cakes. What is really special about this restaurant, however, is you can tell her to make whatever you want, in whatever way you want, and she will try her best to make it. If she doesn't have the ingredients, she will tell you. She is one of the most honest, straightforward people on the planet. She is a great lady and a kind soul. The real deal! Her food and her personality make NYC, and Staten Island, a very special place indeed. Go now!

  • Visited May 2012
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English first
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A hidden food gem in the international world of fine-dining”
Reviewed May 2, 2012

Most of you will have never heard about this restaurant which is hidden on Staaten Island. The exterior and the decor also won't give you a hint that you are about to experience a menu which includes many dishes that can take up the fight with world class fine-dining meals. Any NYC visitor or resident who loves food should make sure to stop by Carol's cafe. We took the Staaten Island Ferry on our recent visit followed by a short cab ride. After mentioning that we are coming from far to experience the food, we met Carol and got a tour of her kitchen in which everything is homemade from scratch. Turns out Carol is a famous chef who used to be a regular on TV and to this day is teaching culinary classes. If you love food, this will be an experience that will blow you away. Needless to say prices are far lower than any fine-dining meal in any international city.

  • Visited May 2012
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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not Impressed”
Reviewed March 14, 2012 via mobile

Arrived at 6:30 on a Wednesday evening and were the only customers until 7:40. Service was very poor especially considering we were the only customers. The waiteess seemed to have an attitude. I asked for a refill on my soft drink and was informed they do not give refills in a tone that was somewhat snide. My dining partner and myself both ordered spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs were good but the sauce was watery. Bread was ok. We had calamari for an appetizer and it was good. We had cheesecake and coconut cake for dessert and both were good.

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Milford, NJ
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food, wonderfully romantic, excellent service.”
Reviewed February 21, 2012

They made Valentine's Day dinner a lovely evening for myself and my husband. Special menu and decor added to the experience. Drinks were generous and after lobster bisque, I had rack of lamb, my husband had stuffed pork chop - veggies were fresh and delicious, and real onion mashed potatoes. To to off the meal we shared a dessert of chocolate mouse cake. We talked and ate leisurely, no rush. One of the best meals we have had locally, fair pricing for such high quality.

  • Visited February 2012
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Staten Island, New York
1 review
“The best food on Staten Island. BAR NONE!! I am not talking pizza, pastries, ices. Go to Carols to experience the best”
Reviewed July 26, 2010

If you are into Top Chef, Iron Chef, and into celebrity chefs look no further than your own backyard. Carol Frazzetta cooked in the same circles as Julia Child, Marcela Hazan, and James Beard. She has been doing this well before the FOOD NETWORK became popular and creating wonderful dishes before Bobby Flay, Batali, Emeril, and CO. have been doing their thing. I've experienced most top Manhattan/Brooklyn spots for top diningI am a foodie and a connesuer of most food. Having eaten at most Staten Island restaurants, I can safely say that Carols Cafe is the best our great borough has to offer. Carols is the only place where food tastes the way it is supposed to. Carol is a master in the kitchen, fantastic host, and great person. Her restaurant is the most tasty experience on Staten Island.

Carol's food is cooked to order. Her food is not par cooked and the finished after you order it. It is not sitting under a heated lamp. She cooks everything that comes out of the kitchen. Any other restaurant, the sous chefs and asst cooks are making your food. Carols is the only restaurant where a highly decorated chef is cooking your food.

If you are looking for usual Staten Island fare (Chicken Parm, Eggplant Rolatini, General Tso, Sesame Chicken, etc.) do not bother coming. If you want to experience outstanding dishes that you cannot find anywhere else come to Carols.

It is also the only eclectic restaurant you can find. Carol specializes in many of the world's finest cuisines.

* Unique Appetizers
* Famous Mussels
* Fried Pizza
* Grilled Pizza
* Stuffed Pork Chops
* Spatzle
*Seafood
* Asian Specialties
* Authentic Italian Pasta
* French Cuisine
* Original soups
* Wild Game
* Duck
* Succulent Meats (Lamb, Beef)
* BEST DESSERTS ON STATEN ISLAND PREPARED ON-PREMISE from scratch

Her prices are a bit higher than most Island restaurants, but the difference is that you are not getting crap. if you believe that you get what you pay for, than this place is the ultimate bargain. She also features a Wednesday and Thursday 4-course $21.95 pre-fixe. Its all about the food at this place

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