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Bistro SK

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Most boaters who cruise to City Island include a meal in their visits. They gravitate towards the convenience of docking and dining establishments, but a meal at Bistro SK is worth a short walk on land.

We grabbed a mooring ball at the City Island Yacht Club and walked to the restaurant, which serves good French bistro fare. Open since 2011, the restaurant is owned and managed by the husband and wife team of Chef Stephane Kane and Maria Caruso. They are a warm and inviting couple who make you truly feel at home in their small restaurant.

bistro sk 2Starters include classic French onion soup, escargots, mesclun salad with house-made Dijon dressing, tuna tartare, and a red beet and endive salad with a blue cheese and walnut dressing. The dozen or so main courses available each night are simple, delicious, and reasonably priced. The rosemary Cornish game hen ranks amongst my favorite entrées; other offerings include braised lamb shank with a side dish of beans cooked in a casserole, grilled marinated lamb chop with ratatouille, steak au poivre, steamed mussels, and pan seared salmon with tomato fondue and basil puree. The chef happily accommodates vegetarians with made-to-order salads, grilled vegetables, beans and rice or potatoes.

The wine list has a modest selection, with the average bottle priced at $30, and there is a full bar that always has two French beers on tap. For dessert, try the homemade crème brulee, chocolate mousse, or apple tarte tatin.

Sunday brunch at Bistro SK is a mid-day treat. My favorite is the eggs benedict — the Hollandaise sauce is unequalled on the western Long Island Sound! The croque monsieur sandwich reminds me of ones I enjoyed at the best open cafes of France. The ham and cheese crepe with béchamel and the bistro burger (also served at dinner) are both excellent; omelets are always available (I recommend the Lorraine).

Bistro SK is open year-round for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays from 5:30 until 10:30 pm; brunch is served 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. When the weather’s nice, make a reservation to sit in the petite shaded garden area in the back of the restaurant.

Review and photo by Tab Hauser

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