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Butler's in S.I.

Paul Lukas | Feb 19, 2004 09:40 AM

After spending an afternoon hiking at the very wonderful Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve (odd name, gorgeous place) in Staten Island, the galpal and I stopped in at Butler's, a local bar on Arthur Kill Road that I'd driven past before but never checked out. Excellent neighborhood spot -- third-generation family-owned, loads of hilarious characters, cheap suds, pool table, spectacularly old cash register, etc. Not a place for highbrow beerhounds but a fine spot for those who appreciate a good working-class tavern. It's at 2574 Arthur Kill Rd., at the corner of Zebra Place. (Oddly, a guy walked in wearing a striped referee's jersey while we were there, leading to lots of "Zebra Place" jokes.)

After that, we went to Joe & Pat's, which has become my favorite pizza place in S.I. (so much better than the overrated Denino's, and a bit better than Lee's Tavern), and maybe my favorite in all of NYC. Totally love that matzo-thin crust. And unlike so many other thin-crust pies (Lento's in Bay Ridge comes to mind), this one doesn't get cold two minutes after hitting the table -- it retains its heat. Don't miss. (1758 Victory Blvd, just off Manor Rd.)

-- Paul

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