STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As we approach the end of 2019, so comes the annual exercises that reflect on the borough’s restaurant scene. At the moment, there are officially 993 restaurants on Staten Island. And, for better or worse, the new ones are the focus for this discussion. I will preface “the list” with some concerns about the state of the restaurant industry in general. Gone are new sit-down restaurants — literally — where patrons can dine leisurely, We saw the closure of Andella’s in Woodrow and NiNi’s of New Dorp Beach. There are no newcomers to replace the luxurious linen touches these restaurants maintained for as long as they could, and a relative few establishments continue that classic (and costly) tradition. We are seeing a slew of casual restaurant concepts: Shake Shack at The Empire Outlets in St. George; mom-and-pop Yolpaqui, a taco-centric fast food place that translates to “Be Happy;” Mac’s Public House in Grant City with pub grub, Molla Cafe in Dongan Hills with Albanian eats and rather good espresso, Jelisa’s empanadas and Dominican food, Empanada Kingdom and late-night Crown Chicken, the latter trio in Castleton Corners. The quick stuff...