City Island's Black Whale is said to have had a couple of lives, but the place appears to have suffered a great loss after they cut down their famous tree.
This restaurant had its hay day back in the 1960s and ’70s, but now it has evolved into a hangout for locals with OK food, high prices and mediocre service and without water views.
According to those who've been on City Island for many years, the restaurant was built on Hart Island, back in the 19th century and later transported to City Island. In the 1960's it became a hippie hangout, which City Islanders did not appreciate.
The new owner has apparently turned this around to a place where members of the local click are welcomed and congregate in the garden during the warm weather season.
The food is so so and so is their presentation. The menu prices are a bit high and the service not so much. Three of us ate dinner and the total bill was over $80.00, without any drinks.
We tried several times to obtain information on their catering services, but none of our calls were returned and while asking in person there, we ere referred to their Website
This place has shaken off a bohemian past, but it should pay more attention on the present and it's future.