City Island’s ‘Johnny’s Famous Reef’ Listed As One of The Country’s Best Waterfront Restaurants

(The Neny Fragments)

Yesterday the Huffington Post printed a handy list from Budget Travel on America’s Best Waterfront Restaurants and I’m happy to say that Johnny’s Famous Reef in City Island is not only reppin’ Boogie Down but the entire city!

Heading to City Island during the summer for some of the area’s best seafood is as big of a summer Bronx tradition as is opening up a firehydrant and jumping into the water to cool down.

The smell of fried fish, of butter soaked lobster, and tartar sauce just clinging to jumbo shrimps stir up cravings that Bronxites know all too well. Luckily we have the cure right in our home borough to satiate said cravings.

Robert Firpo-Carpiello of Budget Travel had this to say:

“Here, to get the beach ball boppin’, my highly subjective, by-no-means-scientific short list of fabulous American seafood joints by the water. Yeah, two of my picks are in Maine and one is in the Bronx — you got a problem with that?

Johnny’s Famous Reef Restaurant. Look, I grew up in the Bronx and there’s no way I can leave the amazing City Island (the “Nantucket of the Bronx”) off this list and still hold my head high. Johnny’s is at the tip of the island with views of Long Island Sound and knockout fried lobster tails, chowder, and even frogs’ legs (2 City Island Ave., Bronx, N.Y., fried lobster tails $27).”

What’s your favorite Johnny’s menu item or if Johnny’s isn’t your top pick on City Island then which one? We’d love to know!

Head on over to the Huffington Post and check out the other restaurants that made the list.

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.