Blue reigns as the most happening restaurant and lounge on Staten Island, helped along by its waterfront setting and clubby exterior—a white hacienda framed by an attractively landscaped lawn. The Mediterranean menu includes slow-roasted lamb shank with risotto, chicken tagine and whole dorada with balsamic glaze. Every Sunday there's a fun clam bake. If you're planning a visit to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, keep Blue in mind since it's right nearby. Chef and owner Julian Gaxholli's Staten Island portfolio also includes Bayou, which serves Cajun-Creole specialties, and Beso, a Spanish-Mexican hotspot near the St. George ferry terminal.