Staten Island has experienced a vast number of new restaurant openings during the last 18 months and none of them have excited me to the point where I would want to make a return visit except Vinum. This could be the first Staten Island restaurant since Aesop's Table that's worth traveling to the city's forgotten borough.
Went to Vinum about two months ago - only a week after it opened. Thought it was good - even bordering on really good. Decided to wait a bit before returning and after last night's meal that choice was affirmed. It boasts the best wine list on the Island - both in breadth and price. The food is excellent and the service friendly.
The physical aspects of the restaurant won't impress anyone, but the food that's placed on those rickety old wooden tables is worth the shakiness of the chairs.
Last night's highlights included Swordfish Carpaccio, Lamb Meatballs and Nut Coated Salmon which was fresh, tasty and perfectly cooked.
The menu is eclectic and allows the customer to choose a traditional app/main course meal or tapas-type experience.
Visit their website, it could be time for a ferry ride.
As an aside, it's a five-minute taxi ride from the ferry or a fifteen-minute bus ride.