City Island is a surprising little spot in The Bronx way more like Murder She Wrote than Fort Apache The Bronx. It is an easy bus ride from Pelham Bay Park subway station or a BXM8 express bus from Manhattan.
It is worth just wandering around as some of the side streets are very pretty. There is a cemetery with an amazing view and another view has the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.
There are lots of food choices but a enjoy the most basic of fish fries outdoors at Johnny’s Reef.