Pierre Saint-Denis invites you to LeRefuge Inn to renew your spirit with superb cuisine and attentive service that is at the heart of any true French dining. He has created the quintessential French Inn and Restaurant in New York City. Experience the comfort and elegance of Old World charm and a menu of French delights in our beautifully restored 19th century sea captain's house, overlooking the 300-year-old harbor on City Island. Overnight guests are pampered and cared for meticulously in the guest rooms. Le Refuge makes any visit truly memorable with a warm fireplace and every other comfort and enjoyment. Pierre prepares each meal with individual care to the preferences of every diner. Just tell Pierre what you prefer . . . your wish is his pleasure.
Le Refuge Inn's home is the Samuel Pell House, a historic 1876 landmark which is a beautifully restored 19th century sea captain’s house, and now a romantic six-room Victorian Inn overlooking the 300-year old harbor on City Island. The elegant country French inn with fireside dining, old world charm, French cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere, offers an ideal setting for weddings, private parties, romantic dinners and weekend getaways. If you like the French countryside, Le Refuge Inn is your perfect escape. Just minutes from Manhattan, Westchester, Connecticut, Long Island and New Jersey; all roads lead to City Island. LeRefuge Inn is a refreshing change of scene compared to typical NYC Hotels.
Built around 1876 for oysterman Samuel Pell, this house is a significant reminder of the enormous wealth that the oyster trade brought to the maritime community of City Island in the nineteenth century.
Samuel Pell was a descendent of the Pell family that once owned this area of the Bronx. He and his children, who occupied this house until about 1900, were prominent members of the City Island community. In 1907, the house was sold to James Feeley, a partner in a wholesale lace curtain importing firm. In the late 1920s, the house passed to his son, Edgar J. Feeley, a prominent attorney and part owner-officer of the New York Giants baseball team, who occupied the house until his death in 1972. The Samuel Pell House is currently being used as an inn and restaurant. A five-bay wide, three-story frame building, the Pell House has the boxy form characteristic of Second Empire buildings. It is sheathed in its original clapboards and retains its original two-over-two fenestration. Its overhanging cornice with bracketed eaves is capped by an elaborately detailed mansard roof that retains its original patterned polychrome slate shingles, pedimented dormers, and decorative metal flashing.
The menu at Le Refuge inn is derived from French country traditions and the large selection of fresh seafood makes Le Refuge on City Island the most unique dining destination. Guests can enjoy candlelight dinner, appetizers such as an excellent lobster ravioli, a crab cake, gratineed oyster or go the traditional Gallic route with escargots and a spicy venison terrine with pink peppercorns.
Entrees vary from dishes like plump filet mignon with an airy bearnaise sauce, succulent duck with grapefruit and wild rice, tender grilled lamb chops in a red wine reduction, pasta garnished with scallops, pinenuts and pesto, Mediterranean shrimp couscous. The bouillabaisse is the best on the this side of the Atlantic, with lobster, assorted shellfish and other creatures of the sea happily swimming in a piquant red broth.
After playing what's the secret ingredient with the complex tastes of the main meal, the palate falls onto a pillow of creamy deserts, such as orange cheesecake, profiteroles, lemon mouse resting on sponge cake surrounded by raspberry coulis, and of course, a light creme brule with a crisp layer of caramelized sugar.
586 City Island Avenue
City Island, New York, NY 10464