It is no secret that Queens offers the city dweller a multitude of revered culinary destinations. The selection of fine eateries and bars spans the borough — with a particularly fine concentration in Long Island City. Walk out of a condo in LIC at any time of day or night and you’ll have a host of options just steps away. Here are seven of our favorites.
Mu Ramen | 1209 Jackson Avenue, LIC
Every self-respecting NYC neighborhood needs a good ramen joint, and Mu Ramen is as good as it gets. Widely known as one of the best ramen spots in the entire city, Mu is always packed, so be sure to either call for a reservation, or be prepared to wait a while. But even if you have to wait, it’s worth it. Their tonkotsu is legendary at this point, and everything on their menu is vibrant and delightfully balanced.
Beebe’s | 38-28 27th Street, LIC
Hailing from the acclaimed Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint, chef Lou Tomczak’s Beebe’s makes incredible wood-fired pizzas, as well as some flavorful pasta dishes, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Their vodka pie, arugula pie, and their campfire pie, which is made with smoked mozzarella, are all phenomenal.
Maiella | 4610 Center Boulevard, LIC
Situated right on the water, Maiella offers expansive views and delectable Italian cuisine. With its brick walls, wood armoires, and an abundance of outdoor seating, Maiella has a classic, NYC Italian eatery atmosphere, with contemporary touches throughout. The butternut squash ravioli and the gnocchi with truffle are true standouts, but the menu is full of stellar options.
Penthouse 808 | 8-08 Queens Plaza South, LIC
Keeping with the trend of great views and equally exceptional food, Penthouse 808, located on the rooftop of The Ravel Hotel right next to the Queensboro Bridge, features breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Their skilled mixologists serve up finely crafted cocktails, and their Asian-fusion menu features inventive sushi options as well as a divine Thai-roasted salmon and a refreshing Cantonese noodle dish. The views don’t overshadow the food, which is an impressive feat.
Blend on the Water | 4540 Center Boulevard, LIC
We stay on the shoreline to bring you Blend on the Water, an elegant Latin-fusion restaurant — again offering spectacular views. (A neighborhood can never have too many romantic eateries with stunning views.) Blend’s guacamole and their deviled eggs are top-notch, as are their cilantro mashed potatoes. And their jalapeño margarita is second to none.
Dutch Kills | 27-24 Jackson Avenue, LIC
Sliding over to bars for our last two selections, Dutch Kills is a premiere cocktail bar that clearly puts a ton of effort into their creative concoctions. Included on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, Dutch Kills offers inventive new twists on rare, old cocktails, and serves their creations with hand-cut ice. The care taken with each cocktail is what sets this bar apart from the rest. They make the classics with the same ingredients as everyone else, but their technique and attention to detail make every drink truly sing.
LIC Bar | 45-58 Vernon Boulevard, LIC
You won’t find a pub with more history than this one. LIC Bar has been around for over a century and comes complete with a great antique bar and worn tin ceilings. The atmosphere is always friendly and lively, and there is a certain warmth here that can only be felt in places that have marked off a fair amount of time. In addition to the history and all that comes with it, LIC Bar has a large garden in the back and features live music.
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