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19 Solid Restaurants in Long Island City

Mexican fine dining, Indian home cooking, and killer ramen are giving this low-key dining scene the attention it deserves

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For years, Long Island City has been amassing a collection of sleeper farm-to-table spots, as well as standouts that lure diners from all five boroughs. From some of the best Kansas City-style barbecue in New York to Michelin-starred Mexican cooking to regional Indian dishes to ramen made with Iberian pig bones, these are the places that have already made Long Island City an excellent place to dine.

This map was originally published in November 2018 and has been updated.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Beebe's

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38-28 27th St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 778-0074
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This slick pizza parlor — currently led by chef Pascual Gonzalez, an alum of Speedy Romeo — nods to New York classics like Patsy’s, such as one topped with stracciatella, tomato, arugula, and coarsely ground black pepper. Beebe’s also has floor-to-ceiling windows showcase impressive views of the skyline, and there is courtyard seating for the warmer months.

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2. John Brown Smokehouse

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10-43 44th Dr
Long Island City, NY 11101
(347) 617-1120
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Pitmaster Josh Bowen has been paying homage to the barbecue culture of his hometown of Kansas City since setting up shop in 2011. Although plenty of competition has crowded into New York since then, John Brown Smokehouse remains king when it comes to burnt ends. Regulars customers know to show up early before the kitchen runs out of these hunks of brisket covered in sticky-sweet, blackened bark.

Sean Ludwig / NYC BBQ

3. LIC Market

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21-52 44th Dr
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 361-0013
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Every neighborhood needs a go-to brunch spot and LIC Market is the one to beat here. Buttermilk pancakes with pumpkin seed butter and duck hash with dried cherries, red onions, and pine nuts mean the small, sparse space fills up fast on weekend mornings. Dinner features the same mostly organic, locally sourced fare accompanied by natural wines.

4. The Inkan

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4502 23rd St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 433-4171
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Chef Ezequiel Valencia — who worked as a private chef at the Mission of Peru at the UN in New York, as well as the Peruvian embassy in Nicaragua — is behind the Inkan, known for its Peruvian rotisserie chicken and sides. In addition to chicken, rice, and beans, there’s a selection of tangy and fresh ceviches and appetizers. Notably, the flaky, gooey Peruvian-style empanada is worth ordering. There’s an additional location in Garden City Park on Long Island.

French fries, salad, and rotisserie chicken on a square white plate The Inkan [Official Photo]

5. Court Square Diner

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45-30 23rd St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 392-1222
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In operation since 1946, Court Square Diner stands out among the flashier restaurants and bars that have crowded into Long Island City in recent years. Not much has changed since brothers Steve and Nick Kanellos started running the joint in 1991 — the diner still serves oversized heroes and grilled cheese sandwiches 24/7.

A long and narrow diner is filled with red and tan booths and a counter Court Square Diner [Official Photo]

6. Petey’s Burger

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46-46 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 937-4040
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Petey’s Burger borrows from the best elements of In-N-Out and upgrades the formula with hormone-free black angus beef. With burgers available for under $5 at both the Astoria and Long Island City branches, prices here aren’t much higher than the average fast food chain. Since opening in 2012, this location has built up a reasonable following, thanks in part to sides like the cheese-smothered fries. The housemade veggie burgers won’t give Superiority Burger a run for its money, but provide a reasonable meatless alternative.

Posted by Petey's Burger on Thursday, March 1, 2012

7. Adda Indian Canteen

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31-31 Thomson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 433-3888
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Deeply flavored regional Indian cooking makes this 2018 newcomer a welcome neighborhood addition. Unlike Rahi — the West Village restaurant also owned by Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Pandya — there isn’t a floral garnish in sight here. Instead, Adda Indian Canteen serves a rich Rajasthani bone-in goat curry, a whole tandoori-roasted poussin dusted with black salt, and a compulsively snackable selection of chaat. Wallpaper made of old Indian newspapers adds a funky vibe, and all of the menu items are under $30.

8. Corner Bistro

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47-18 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 606-6500
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West Village burger classic Corner Bistro opened an LIC offshoot in 2012, quickly becoming one of the better late-night dining options in the neighborhood. There are serviceable salads and sandwiches, but more or less everyone is here for the bistro burger, a half-pound of satisfyingly greasy beef piled with bacon and melted American cheese. Over a dozen beers on tap make for an ideal accompaniment.

Posted by Corner Bistro (LIC) on Thursday, January 24, 2013

9. Bellwether

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47-25 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 392-3257
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The patty melt at Bellwether comes topped with a housemade riff on Velveeta — equally gooey, far more flavorful — and pretty much sums up the menu of new American fare. Most dishes here are not exactly revolutionary, but they are executed with care and locally sourced ingredients. The bar similarly turns out some very respectable cocktails like the wombat, with rye whiskey, ginger, lemon, and smoked maple syrup. The cozy 60-seater opened in 2018 with a wall of live moss.

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10. Chairman Sun 国色天湘

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47-30 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101
(917) 396-1252
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Jackey Sun, owner of Flushing restaurant Hunan House, opened Chairman Sun on one of the neighborhood’s busiest streets in summer 2019. Even with the many competing restaurants in the vicinity, this new dining room, which features a fake cherry tree and a water feature, easily fills up at dinner time. It’s not hard to see why: The menu offers crowd-pleasing Chinese cuisine from multiple regions, primarily Sichuan, with a special menu for the fiery, customizable dry pot. A highlight is the xiao long bao, which checks off all the boxes: flavorful soup, thin skin, and tender, melt-in-the-mouth meat.

11. Mu Ramen

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1209 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 707-0098
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When Per Se alum Joshua Smookler opened this cult favorite in 2014, he was careful not to call it a traditional ramen shop. Mu Ramen, with its intensely porky, full-bodied tonkotsu, is a distinctly American restaurant with a dry-aged burger and foie gras-stuffed chicken wings. Order the signature tonkotsu ramen made with the bones of acorn-fattened Iberian swine. Earlier this year, Smookler expanded the menu and slashed the infamous wait times by doubling the number of seats from 22 to 46. Cash only.

Ramen with tuna slices Nick Solares/Eater

12. Jora

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47-46 11th St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 392-2033
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Chef Alejandro Rojas — the son of the owner of a Peruvian restaurant in Jackson Heights — came into his own when he opened Jora in 2013. Named for a variety of Peruvian corn used to brew chicha, the restaurant serves generous portions of ceviches and pours a mean pisco sour. Order the anticucho skewers, with tender chunks of veal heart, or the bright, acidic tiradito. Sidle up to the bar at the back for $5 tapas and $8 cocktails during the daily happy hour.

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Posted by Jora Restaurant & Bar on Saturday, August 22, 2015

13. Casa Enrique

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5-48 49th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(347) 448-6040
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Casa Enrique is one of Long Island City’s true destination restaurants, reliably packed since 2012 with customers willing to wait for knockout tacos al pastor. Chef and co-owner Cosme Aguilar’s cooking stands up to its many accolades, such as its Michelin star. It’s hard to go wrong, but one standout is the mole de Piaxtla, an alchemical marvel from Puebla made of seven different chiles, plantains, raisins, chocolate, and other ingredients simmered for four hours. A tequila- and mezcal-focused cocktail list rounds out the menu.

The sleek white interior of Casa Enrique and its metallic bar lined with white stools. Photo: Daniel Krieger

14. Tuk Tuk

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49-06 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 472-5598
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Tuk Tuk has all of the standard Thai curries and noodles, as well as a signature menu offering Northern specialties. The uber-spicy sausage appetizer, served with sticky rice in banana leaf, could compete with any in Chiang Mai. The lunch special is a great deal, including items such as the $12 pan seared salmon over rice noodles in coconut turmeric curry. The sisters who own the place also recently opened Cyclo, a bahn mi spot a couple of blocks over.

A circular sign that says Tuk Tuk Tuk Tuk [Official Photo]

15. Takumen

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5-50 50th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 361-7973
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This contemporary izakaya is the sort of place where ramen rests on the same table as guacamole, and it all somehow works. Bar Goto alum chef Kiyo Shinoki opened Takumen in 2017 with more interest in having fun than adhering to any particular culinary dogma. Sachiko Shinoki, his wife, designed the interior, which incorporates rotating works by local artists. Handmade bowls and plates by a Brooklyn ceramicist are the perfect foil for the eclectic menu.

16. Domaine bar a vins

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5004 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 784-2350
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Pascal Escriout opened this unpretentious wine bar with Robert Gonçalves after his success with nearby Tournesol. An extensive selection of meats and cheeses, dim lighting, and regular live jazz make Domaine bar a vins popular both with couples on date night and other chefs looking for an after-work drink. The French expat bartenders are always happy to recommend something from the selection of 40 wines by the glass.

Domaine bar a vins Cipriane T./Yelp

17. Café Henri

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1010 50th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 729-5794
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Cafe Henri, an unfussy French brasserie run by the folks from Casa Enrique, serves up classics like escargot, coq-au-vin, mussel fries, and a salad Nicoise with grilled tuna. Open breakfast through dinner, it’s also a decadent place to stop in for dessert for the extensive dessert crepe menu and a rich, boozy hot chocolate.

A dining room with red tables Cafe Henri [Official Photo]

18. Jackson's Eatery | Bar

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10-37 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(347) 649-1721
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Owner Andrew Karistinos, who opened Jackson’s Eatery and Bar in 2016, emphasizes local ingredients wherever possible in American comfort food stapes such as bourbon-marinated ribs and bacon-studded mac and cheese. The dependable neighborhood spot has a happy hour on Tuesdays through Sundays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with discounts on craft beers and wines from around New York. With its low-key, dark-wood interior and hangover cures like buttermilk fried chicken with sweet corn waffles, it’s also a solid choice for weekend brunch.

getting out of the rain and digging into the most delish brunch at the coziest spot in LIC •• ☕️

Posted by Jackson's Eatery Bar on Sunday, February 11, 2018

19. Tournesol

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50-12 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 472-4355
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Restaurateur Pascal Escriout and his sister Patricia took a risk opening a French restaurant in Long Island City back around the turn of the millenium. It’s a gamble that paid off, thanks to Tournesol’s menu of bistro stalwarts at affordable prices. There’s nothing trendy here, but with an impressive hanger steak plated with a puddle of bearnaise and a mound of skinny frites for $24, no one seems to mind. A thoughtfully composed selection of mostly French wines rounds it all out.

Posted by Tournesol on Thursday, March 6, 2014

1. Beebe's

38-28 27th St, Long Island City, NY 11101
Beebe’s

This slick pizza parlor — currently led by chef Pascual Gonzalez, an alum of Speedy Romeo — nods to New York classics like Patsy’s, such as one topped with stracciatella, tomato, arugula, and coarsely ground black pepper. Beebe’s also has floor-to-ceiling windows showcase impressive views of the skyline, and there is courtyard seating for the warmer months.

38-28 27th St
Long Island City, NY 11101

2. John Brown Smokehouse

10-43 44th Dr, Long Island City, NY 11101
Sean Ludwig / NYC BBQ

Pitmaster Josh Bowen has been paying homage to the barbecue culture of his hometown of Kansas City since setting up shop in 2011. Although plenty of competition has crowded into New York since then, John Brown Smokehouse remains king when it comes to burnt ends. Regulars customers know to show up early before the kitchen runs out of these hunks of brisket covered in sticky-sweet, blackened bark.

10-43 44th Dr
Long Island City, NY 11101

3. LIC Market

21-52 44th Dr, Long Island City, NY 11101

Every neighborhood needs a go-to brunch spot and LIC Market is the one to beat here. Buttermilk pancakes with pumpkin seed butter and duck hash with dried cherries, red onions, and pine nuts mean the small, sparse space fills up fast on weekend mornings. Dinner features the same mostly organic, locally sourced fare accompanied by natural wines.

21-52 44th Dr
Long Island City, NY 11101

4. The Inkan

4502 23rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101
French fries, salad, and rotisserie chicken on a square white plate The Inkan [Official Photo]

Chef Ezequiel Valencia — who worked as a private chef at the Mission of Peru at the UN in New York, as well as the Peruvian embassy in Nicaragua — is behind the Inkan, known for its Peruvian rotisserie chicken and sides. In addition to chicken, rice, and beans, there’s a selection of tangy and fresh ceviches and appetizers. Notably, the flaky, gooey Peruvian-style empanada is worth ordering. There’s an additional location in Garden City Park on Long Island.

4502 23rd St
Long Island City, NY 11101

5. Court Square Diner

45-30 23rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101
A long and narrow diner is filled with red and tan booths and a counter Court Square Diner [Official Photo]

In operation since 1946, Court Square Diner stands out among the flashier restaurants and bars that have crowded into Long Island City in recent years. Not much has changed since brothers Steve and Nick Kanellos started running the joint in 1991 — the diner still serves oversized heroes and grilled cheese sandwiches 24/7.

45-30 23rd St
Long Island City, NY 11101

6. Petey’s Burger

46-46 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101

Petey’s Burger borrows from the best elements of In-N-Out and upgrades the formula with hormone-free black angus beef. With burgers available for under $5 at both the Astoria and Long Island City branches, prices here aren’t much higher than the average fast food chain. Since opening in 2012, this location has built up a reasonable following, thanks in part to sides like the cheese-smothered fries. The housemade veggie burgers won’t give Superiority Burger a run for its money, but provide a reasonable meatless alternative.

46-46 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101

7. Adda Indian Canteen

31-31 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
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Deeply flavored regional Indian cooking makes this 2018 newcomer a welcome neighborhood addition. Unlike Rahi — the West Village restaurant also owned by Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Pandya — there isn’t a floral garnish in sight here. Instead, Adda Indian Canteen serves a rich Rajasthani bone-in goat curry, a whole tandoori-roasted poussin dusted with black salt, and a compulsively snackable selection of chaat. Wallpaper made of old Indian newspapers adds a funky vibe, and all of the menu items are under $30.

31-31 Thomson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

8. Corner Bistro

47-18 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101

West Village burger classic Corner Bistro opened an LIC offshoot in 2012, quickly becoming one of the better late-night dining options in the neighborhood. There are serviceable salads and sandwiches, but more or less everyone is here for the bistro burger, a half-pound of satisfyingly greasy beef piled with bacon and melted American cheese. Over a dozen beers on tap make for an ideal accompaniment.

47-18 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101

9. Bellwether

47-25 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
Bellwether Photo via Bellwether

The patty melt at Bellwether comes topped with a housemade riff on Velveeta — equally gooey, far more flavorful — and pretty much sums up the menu of new American fare. Most dishes here are not exactly revolutionary, but they are executed with care and locally sourced ingredients. The bar similarly turns out some very respectable cocktails like the wombat, with rye whiskey, ginger, lemon, and smoked maple syrup. The cozy 60-seater opened in 2018 with a wall of live moss.

47-25 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101

10. Chairman Sun 国色天湘

47-30 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101

Jackey Sun, owner of Flushing restaurant Hunan House, opened Chairman Sun on one of the neighborhood’s busiest streets in summer 2019. Even with the many competing restaurants in the vicinity, this new dining room, which features a fake cherry tree and a water feature, easily fills up at dinner time. It’s not hard to see why: The menu offers crowd-pleasing Chinese cuisine from multiple regions, primarily Sichuan, with a special menu for the fiery, customizable dry pot. A highlight is the xiao long bao, which checks off all the boxes: flavorful soup, thin skin, and tender, melt-in-the-mouth meat.

47-30 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101

11. Mu Ramen

1209 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
Read Review |
Ramen with tuna slices Nick Solares/Eater

When Per Se alum Joshua Smookler opened this cult favorite in 2014, he was careful not to call it a traditional ramen shop. Mu Ramen, with its intensely porky, full-bodied tonkotsu, is a distinctly American restaurant with a dry-aged burger and foie gras-stuffed chicken wings. Order the signature tonkotsu ramen made with the bones of acorn-fattened Iberian swine. Earlier this year, Smookler expanded the menu and slashed the infamous wait times by doubling the number of seats from 22 to 46. Cash only.

1209 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

12. Jora

47-46 11th St, Long Island City, NY 11101

Chef Alejandro Rojas — the son of the owner of a Peruvian restaurant in Jackson Heights — came into his own when he opened Jora in 2013. Named for a variety of Peruvian corn used to brew chicha, the restaurant serves generous portions of ceviches and pours a mean pisco sour. Order the anticucho skewers, with tender chunks of veal heart, or the bright, acidic tiradito. Sidle up to the bar at the back for $5 tapas and $8 cocktails during the daily happy hour.

47-46 11th St
Long Island City, NY 11101

13. Casa Enrique

5-48 49th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
Read Review |
The sleek white interior of Casa Enrique and its metallic bar lined with white stools. Photo: Daniel Krieger

Casa Enrique is one of Long Island City’s true destination restaurants, reliably packed since 2012 with customers willing to wait for knockout tacos al pastor. Chef and co-owner Cosme Aguilar’s cooking stands up to its many accolades, such as its Michelin star. It’s hard to go wrong, but one standout is the mole de Piaxtla, an alchemical marvel from Puebla made of seven different chiles, plantains, raisins, chocolate, and other ingredients simmered for four hours. A tequila- and mezcal-focused cocktail list rounds out the menu.

5-48 49th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

14. Tuk Tuk

49-06 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
A circular sign that says Tuk Tuk Tuk Tuk [Official Photo]

Tuk Tuk has all of the standard Thai curries and noodles, as well as a signature menu offering Northern specialties. The uber-spicy sausage appetizer, served with sticky rice in banana leaf, could compete with any in Chiang Mai. The lunch special is a great deal, including items such as the $12 pan seared salmon over rice noodles in coconut turmeric curry. The sisters who own the place also recently opened Cyclo, a bahn mi spot a couple of blocks over.

49-06 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101

15. Takumen

5-50 50th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

This contemporary izakaya is the sort of place where ramen rests on the same table as guacamole, and it all somehow works. Bar Goto alum chef Kiyo Shinoki opened Takumen in 2017 with more interest in having fun than adhering to any particular culinary dogma. Sachiko Shinoki, his wife, designed the interior, which incorporates rotating works by local artists. Handmade bowls and plates by a Brooklyn ceramicist are the perfect foil for the eclectic menu.

5-50 50th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

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16. Domaine bar a vins

5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
Domaine bar a vins Cipriane T./Yelp

Pascal Escriout opened this unpretentious wine bar with Robert Gonçalves after his success with nearby Tournesol. An extensive selection of meats and cheeses, dim lighting, and regular live jazz make Domaine bar a vins popular both with couples on date night and other chefs looking for an after-work drink. The French expat bartenders are always happy to recommend something from the selection of 40 wines by the glass.

5004 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101

17. Café Henri

1010 50th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
A dining room with red tables Cafe Henri [Official Photo]

Cafe Henri, an unfussy French brasserie run by the folks from Casa Enrique, serves up classics like escargot, coq-au-vin, mussel fries, and a salad Nicoise with grilled tuna. Open breakfast through dinner, it’s also a decadent place to stop in for dessert for the extensive dessert crepe menu and a rich, boozy hot chocolate.

1010 50th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

18. Jackson's Eatery | Bar

10-37 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Owner Andrew Karistinos, who opened Jackson’s Eatery and Bar in 2016, emphasizes local ingredients wherever possible in American comfort food stapes such as bourbon-marinated ribs and bacon-studded mac and cheese. The dependable neighborhood spot has a happy hour on Tuesdays through Sundays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with discounts on craft beers and wines from around New York. With its low-key, dark-wood interior and hangover cures like buttermilk fried chicken with sweet corn waffles, it’s also a solid choice for weekend brunch.

10-37 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

19. Tournesol

50-12 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101

Restaurateur Pascal Escriout and his sister Patricia took a risk opening a French restaurant in Long Island City back around the turn of the millenium. It’s a gamble that paid off, thanks to Tournesol’s menu of bistro stalwarts at affordable prices. There’s nothing trendy here, but with an impressive hanger steak plated with a puddle of bearnaise and a mound of skinny frites for $24, no one seems to mind. A thoughtfully composed selection of mostly French wines rounds it all out.

50-12 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101

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