Another proud member of Julian Gaxholi’s new Staten Island empire. This guy is on a mission to transform Staten Island into…. Queens and already roughly .0003% there.
Beso has to be one of the better options on the island. Its fairly small and loud with many waiting for a table by the bar so not the best option for families although I’ve seen a few. Expect to wait about an hour on a Saturday night. They only take reservations for 5 or more.
You got your normal fare of delicious tapas (A fancy word for “We have a LOT of appetizers” – I’m surprised the local diners arent catching up). None were disappointing on the one night we visited. Perfectly grilled and nicely seasoned lamb chops, pleasantly citrucy fried goat cheese with honey. Crab cakes got more of mixed reaction but I was firmly on the ‘like’ side. On the main side of things, a very nicely done skirt steak and a juicy fall off the bone Pork osso buco were the standouts.
On an island packed with spanish restaurants, Beso may very well be the Best. Well done Julian!!