NYC Destinations: City Island, Bronx

City Island is the first destination of a series dedicated to highlighting locations, events, and hidden gems around New York City. NYC Destinations will feature fun and amazing places and happenings around NYC that only locals know.

City Island

City Island has been one of my go-to New York City summer day trip destinations for a long time now and I’m sure a lot of people who have been there feel the same way. I always had a sense of pride for knowing this destination – a “secret” spot tucked away in the east corner of the Bronx on the Long Island Sound. I guess it’s not much of a secret as the line of cars trying to get into the island were somewhat considerable over the weekend. Thankfully it wasn’t substantial enough to sway this impatient New Yorker.

After crossing the bridge into City Island you feel like you’ve been transported to a random fishing town in New England. Words like ‘quaint’ and ‘laid-back’ are commonly used to describe City Island, expressions not commonly said about New York City. Even though it’s only roughly 30 minutes away from the heart of Manhattan, City Island keeps its small town charm and easy-going atmosphere, a welcome vibe for those looking to get away from the city’s hustle-and-bustle without traveling too far.

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Counter-service at Johnny’s Reef Restaurant

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Pina colada… because why not

A trip to City Island, for me, typically means seafood. Numerous seafood restaurants line the main (and only) avenue of the island. There are many great options on where to eat, however, though I hate to admit it, I’ve only been going to one spot which is at the tip of the island – Johnny’s Reef Restaurant. What I like about this place is that you can take your food outdoors to the waterfront picnic tables on the patio. Don’t worry, trying the other restaurants on the island is on my to-do list.

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Calamari
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Soft-shell crab
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Oysters

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After eating, a quick visit to Lickety Split Ice Cream is in order. They serve ice cream, sorbet, gelato, coffee, and other beverages, and provide decent outdoor seating.

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Lickety Split Ice Cream

Take the time to stroll through City Island’s main road and check out the island’s numerous small businesses.

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Walking through City Island’s main avenue, lined with cute small shops and restaurants

City Island is the first destination of a series dedicated to highlighting locations, events, and hidden gems around New York City. Everyone knows New York City’s famous landmarks and tourist spots. NYC Destinations will feature fun and amazing places and happenings around NYC that only locals know.

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Enjoy!

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