6. Ray’s Cafe
About a quarter of City Island’s population is of Hispanic origin, and City Island houses a handful of eateries serving food reminiscent of this demographic’s population. One such eatery is Ray’s Cafe, at 205 City Island Avenue, serving Puerto Rican, Spanish, Mexican, and American dishes. The eatery is rather small, with only a handful of tables and a hot food counter with orange and yellow walls.
American dishes are reminiscent of those at a corner deli, ranging from breakfast omelettes and burritos to deli wraps to hamburgers. Ray’s Cafe offers a selection of Mexican options as well like a pernil sandwich, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, and fajitas with options like chorizo or shrimp.
Popular Puerto Rican-style dishes include mofongo, asopao soup, shrimp with garlic sauce, and fried flounder with rice. Meat entrees range from breaded chicken and steak to chicharron de pollo to pepper steak, served with sweet or fried plantains. Ray’s Cafe also offers a selection of daily lunch specials which include baked chicken, lentil soup, stewed goat, and codfish.