I work at St. John's on Grimes Hill in Staten Island a couple of days a week some terms. However, I live in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and am somewhat disconnected from restaurant options. I would like to know of places to go, ideally somewhat proximate to Grimes Hill. I want good food, am not constrained to a particular price ceiling, am very open to exotic cuisines (omnivore). I found the pasta restaurant on Hylan Blvd. to be an okay distance from
Grimes Hill but find its attempt at elegance to be to be a tad more than a guy wants when dining alone. Certainly the German bar on Victory near Bradley has a better atmosphere but the food selections are constrained. Hey, I know, I'm supposed to asking about restaurants not telling. Oh, I guess you know what I'm trying to say! Oops, I also would like recommendations of places where you encounter staff who are real characters. That always make a place fun to visit. At least the nice sort of funny characters (don't tell me about the rude mean kind).