Johnny’s Famous Reef Restaurant

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The Bronx
A mere 50 minutes from smoggy, sweating midtown awaits City Island—an old fishing village cooled by the breezes off Eastchester Bay and Long Island Sound. Check your city-slicker attitude as you cross the 100-yard bridge onto what many call the Bronx's best-kept secret, and then promenade down the main drag until you reach Johnny's, a cafeteria-style seafood shack where you can snap up seaworthy fare like littleneck clams ($10 for a dozen), a cracker-meal-coated soft-shell crab dinner and a solid batch of French fries. After you've flopped down at an outdoor-patio picnic table, take great gulps of the salty sea air as your little ones listen to the honking gulls and pelicans; you may actually fool yourself into thinking you're on vacation.
Venue name: Johnny’s Famous Reef Restaurant
Contact:
Address: 2 City Island Ave
Bronx
10464
Cross street: at Long Island Sound
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–midnight; Fri, Sat 11am–2am
Transport: Subway: Travel: 6 to Pelham Park, then take BX 29 to City Island Ave and Cross St
Price: Average main course: $9
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