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At only 1.5 miles long by half a mile wide, City Island is stuffed with scrumptious seafood. Noodles and company tulsa menu Almost every diversion here is edible, so work up an appetite visiting Victorian houses on King and Minnieford Avenues and wander the residential streets looking for a weekend garage sale. Noodles 102 menu The City Island Nautical Museum is also worth a visit to learn a bit of local history and see a classroom that served as a set for Boardwalk Empire.

If you want to make a day of it, hop off the island for a round of mini golf at Turtle Cove Golf Center or visit the historic Bartlow-Pell Mansion set on sprawling gardens and gorgeous grounds from a very different kind of New York City.

JOHNNY’S REEF Locked in a consistent, albeit peaceful territorial seafood battle with its across the pier neighbor, Tony’s, Johnny’s is one of two grab-and-go spots any City Island visitor must try. Noodles and company 400 south Locals and frequenters to this part of the island will argue which spot is better, but both have their tasty fried merits. Noodles and compaby Line up for some of the cheapest seafood in the city; a basket of succulent lobster bites goes for $16 and is served on a bed of shoestring, fast food-style fries. Noodles and company raleigh A $12 plate for freshly shucked clams is available at any hour of the day, because pretty much any hour is happy hour here.

Pair with a $6 frozen cocktail and head to the DIY sauce bar where you can load up on ketchup, tartar, cocktail and hot sauces. Noodles and company iowa city The cafeteria-style interior is fine for a quick casual meal, but opt for the sunny benches on the pier, where diners are serenaded by a chorus of hungry seagulls.

SAMMY’S SHRIMP BOX Quantity and prime sidewalk seating are two good reasons to eat at Sammy’s. Noodles and company west bend The restaurant also takes weekend reservations, a major perk for groups or impatient eaters. Company and noodles Sibling restaurant Sammy’s Fishbox across the street is remarkably similar, except without those clutch roadside tables.

Upon being seated at the old school Italian seafood joint, guests are treated to a plate of antipasti, cornbread and Italian bread, and the smorgasbord merely begins there. Order noodles and company online Visit Mondays-Sundays when a lunch special runs $17.95-$29.95 (broiled seafood combo), and includes tomato juice or a slice of melon, your choice of clam chowder styles or salad, potatoes, tostones, fries or linguine on the side, coffee or tea and ice cream. Italy noodles Invite a friend.

On Sundays and after lunch, plenty of shared platters are still available, and those not advertised as shareable are still probably more than a single human can eat in a span of 24 hours. Noodles and company japanese pan noodles Enormous portions are just greasy enough to be sopped up with an extra side of garlic bread. Noodles and company janesville wi Prepare for leftovers.

THE ORIGINAL CRAB SHANTY City Island has a population of under 5,000, but this is New York City and you’ll wait in line at a great restaurant no matter how small the neighborhood. Noodles and company 120th The closer you arrive to opening, the less you’ll wait for a booth at this mirror-walled, sky-lit mansion of a seafood shack. Noodles and company stock Housed in a former turn-of-the-century silent movie theater converted into a mid-century post office, this family-owned restaurant has been doling out crustacean, bivalve and other gargantuan family feasts since 1977.

A vast menu, shaped appropriately like a crab, is packed with seafood dishes and combos ranging from pastas to the standard City Island broiled and fried fare, but the feasts and banquets are why you’re here. Food noodles The $73.99 BBQ feast, one of the restaurant’s most popular, has been on the menu for nearly 40 years, and it’s actually a bargain considering what a serious feast this is.

A communal meal here begins with garlic bread fresh out of the toaster, your choice of clam chowder or salad and a side of crudite. Noodles and company indonesian peanut saute To feast, a platter larger than many a Manhattan closet is presented onto the table overflowing with lobster, shrimp and snow crab legs layered atop fries and onion rings, half a bbq chicken, baby back ribs, and rice and corn on the cob for good measure. Noodles and company salads A pool of melted butter is available for your dipping pleasure and happiness to anyone with tastebuds is imminent. Noodles and company vernon hills After pulling off your crab-decorated plastic bib, grab a complimentary apple on the way out.

CITY ISLAND LOBSTER HOUSE A beacon of island life just off the bridge, this seaside seafood restaurant follows in the grand City Island tradition of serving massive amounts of food at prices far too low for New York City. Hours for noodles and company Naturally, lobster is the way to go here, with options ranging from broiled or steamed whole lobsters, lobster rolls, lobster bisque, lobster pasta, lobster paella, a lobster tail surf and turf option and beyond. Noodles n company Needless to say, the quality and ambiance far surpasses that chain restaurant with lobster in the name.

To make things romantic, go for the $100 ultimate feast for two [giant] people, where piles of seafoods (i.e. Noodles and company 29th street aphrodisiacs) are layered on a bed of linguine to be eaten Lady and the Tramp-style. Noodles and company jacksonville Save a small pasta pillow for the ensuing food coma.

Melissa Kravitz moved to New York City in 2009 and has been writing about food ever since. Noodles and company stapleton Her work can be seen on Thrillist, Mashable, Elite Daily, First We Feast and more. Noodles and company denver She eats mostly noodles and is working on a novel.