Stars Café is located in the heart of Shelter Island close to the North Ferry route. As I have heard from locals and visitors alike, this café is a must for homemade muffins, croissants, scones, rugelach, assorted pastries, and Mexican-inspired cuisine paired with magnificent views of Grand Avenue and North Ferry Road. This is a great location to stop at after a long bike ride or stroll across town. There is a generous amount of seating inside and there are a few tables outside.
My husband and I, along with our daughter, came here after looking around determined to find a place to eat. We were disappointed to find that no other restaurant was open for lunch that had outdoor seating available, so we were lucky to learn about Stars Café. We wanted a place where we could sit and relax for a while without feeling rushed. This country chic cafe was perfect for just that.
They are a family-run business that first opened their doors in 2006 and currently serve breakfast and lunch. Recently, they added organic vegetable juices to their juice bar menu so their customers have more healthy options available to them. The customer service was stellar. The lady working there was very helpful with guiding me with which sandwich choose. To drink, I had the chai latte, which was simply marvelous. The smoothness of the spices were leaping with joy on my taste buds.
For lunch, I ordered the Turkey, Cranberry & Swiss: cold cut turkey, melted Swiss cheese and cranberry sauce for $7.95 and my husband ordered the Simple Ham Sandwich: ham, cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayonnaise for $7.95. We were impressed with the generous size of each sandwich and thought afterward we could have split one. Mine tasted even better than it looks in the photo. It was a substantial summery sandwich with a node to the festivities of Thanksgiving with the cranberry and turkey pairing.
I was able to converse with owner, Lydia Majdisova Martinez about the lovely eatery she owns and operates with her husband, Pepe Martinez who works so hard on the premises seven days a week.
“My favorite items are definitely Chilaquiles on our breakfast menu and Fish Bite on our lunch menu,” explains Martinez. “When I feel like a light and healthy lunch, I go for our Avocado & Kale sauté with garlic and pumpkin seeds.”
Their best-selling items are a Devils Burrito with eggs, chorizo, cheese and black beans along with their Morning Burrito. “These sell like hot cakes,” adds Martinez. “Lunch wise, our best selling sandwiches are Cubans, Turkey Club, and [the] Ultimate Steak Sandwich.”
For their children’s menu, they have what is called a Kiddie Lunch for $6.99. You can “mix-it-up” and choose two items to create a hearty lunch: Chicken fingers ● Quesadillas ● Grilled cheese ● Ham & cheese sandwich ● Rice ● Beans ● French fries ● sweet potato fries.
Their newest items on the menu include gluten-free pancakes and waffles and one new egg burrito called the Power Burrito with turkey, spinach and Swiss cheese. As the season moves towards summer, the café is reopening their downstairs organic juice bar/ice cream parlor. I would love to come back over to have a look and try some ice cream!
They have a sizeable breakfast menu that includes omelets, egg burritos, egg sandwiches, granola & yoghurt, Belgian waffles, pancakes (including chocolate chip), oatmeal, bagels, and breakfast pastries.
Stars Café is open year round and they are currently open everyday from 6am-6pm (4pm in the off-season). They are open “364 days a year!”
http://www.starscafeshelterisland.com // 631-749-5345