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Restaurants in Long Island City

Best Places to Eat in Long Island City


Long Island City restaurants, especially in Hunters Point, offer a great range of fancy and informal restaurants and a diverse set of cuisines. Here are reviews of some of the best Long Island City restaurants. The restaurants scene on Vernon Boulevard continues to develop as the area has swelled with residents in the 2000s.

Tournesol - French Bistro

Photo (c) Meg Cotner
Nestled on Long Island City's main strip on Vernon Boulevard is Tournesol, a small and welcoming French bistro, doing its part to bring a little of France to this side of the East River. Great steak and frites? Sure. Seafood beignets? Even better. Tournesol pulls off the "local spot" vibe and is high-end without getting pretentious. (Tournesol, 50-12 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101 - 718-472-4355)

Lounge 47

Lounge 47
Photo (c) John Roleke
Lounge 47 is a stylish local hangout with a creative menu of modern and international takes on comfort food (try deviled eggs with wasabi) and bar food. Decorated in vintage '70s style, it's hip but not too-cool-for-school, and not a sports bar. Lounge 47 serves one of Queens' best burgers, and the outdoor garden seating makes it the ideal summer evening hangout. (Lounge 47, 47-10 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY - 718-937-2044)

Water Taxi Beach

Water Taxi Beach
Photo (c) John Roleke
Harry's at Water Taxi Beach serves a delicious burger. It's even tastier because your toes are in the sand, and you're looking at the Manhattan skyline. The Water Taxi Beach opens each summer starting Memorial Day Weekend. The good food makes it that much easier to laze away a day at this East River beach. (Water Taxi Beach, 2 Borden Ave, Long Island City, NY)

The Creek LIC

The Creek LIC is a chill Mexican grill with a full bar, pool room, and spacious outdoor patio and lounge. Their kitchen dishes out tasty Tex-Mex, with made-to-order tacos and burritos and plenty of vegetarian options, like the delicious tofu and grilled spinach burrito. For a light snack, I recommend the flautas—grilled chicken and cheddar-jack cheese wrapped in a golden flour tortilla and served with a side of sour cream. (Creek & Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY - 718-706-8783)

Water's Edge

Can't mesmerize your date with conversation? Then you need the view at Water's Edge to keep you both company. Service is either great or chaotic, but you two won't care as long as you gawk out the window over dinner or drinks. The view of the Manhattan skyline is superb. You can even catch a free boat ride courtesy of Water's Edge, delivering you from the east side of Manhattan to the restaurant's dock. (Water's Edge, The East River at 44th Dr, Long Island City, NY - 718-482-0033)

La Vuelta

La Vuelta serves authentic pan-Latin American specialties in a cozy, romantic setting. The restaurant's exposed brick walls are covered with artwork by local Long Island City artists, and there's seating in a beautiful backyard garden. For starters, try the coconut-breaded shrimp with green tomatillo sauce, or share the picadillo platter, an assortment of tapas that include tamarind chorizo, chicken chicharron, delicious empanadas, and fried calamari. For the main course, choose from an array of fresh meat and seafood dishes, such as Argentine skirt steak or the mouthwatering plank-roasted tilapia with pepper escabeche and roasted beets. (La Vuelta 10-43 44th Dr, Long Island City, NY - 718-361-1858)

Sage American Kitchen

Sage American Kitchen
(c) Laurel Angrist
Sage is an excellent little takeout joint with just a few small tables outside under a shaded awning. The place gets very busy with the weekday lunchtime crowd, but it's well worth the wait for tasty sandwiches, fresh salads, and hot entrees.

Menu highlights include the free-range lemon-herb chicken, served with lemon orzo, kalamata olives, and feta cheese ($10); the oven-roasted salmon with spicy corn salsa ($10.50); and an assortment of homemade savory tarts ($5 each). The Texas cowboy steak sandwich ($6.50) is mouthwatering and served on flat bread with caramelized onions, watercress, and a healthy dose of tasty chipotle mayo. (Sage American Kitchen 26-21 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY, 718-361-0707)

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