To find food this tasty in a rather touristy neck of the woods is a welcome surprise. A setting that boasts views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Hudson River is unique enough that they could probably get away with less than this very good Italian-ish food. In warmer months, the best seats are out on the patio amid blinking harbor lights and a gorgeous vista. A tastefully subdued dining room and unpretentious service make it a pleasant place to while away an evening. This is a kitchen that cuts no corners, especially in the superb potato gnocchi coated in a silky tomato ragù with braised meatballs. Melanzane alla Sorrentina features layers of mozzarella, basil, chunky tomato sauce and thick slices of fried eggplant.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors