KEUKA KAFE: A WINE BAR
Contemporary American, Wine
Bar. NYC’s only Finger Lakesbased wine bar offers more than 50 wines by the glass. The food menu has housemade specialties like crab and avocado dip and grilled watermelon salad, as well as mussels in four housemade broths. L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 112- 04 Queens Blvd., at 75th Rd., Forest Hills, Queens, 718.880.1478.
THE QUEENS KICKSHAW
Contemporary American. The specialty—spruced-up grilled cheese sandwiches— gets the royal treatment at this Astoria-favorite hosting live music on the weekends. B, L & D (daily). $$ 40-17 Broadway, at 41st St., Astoria, Queens, 718.777.0913.
THE RIVER CAFÉ
American. This Michelinstarred DUMBO fixture offers panoramic views of the New York City skyline. Gruyère popovers, Gianduja pancakes, wagyu steak tartare and poached Nova Scotia lobster highlight the generous, rotating menu. Jackets required after 4 pm; ties preferred. B (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$$$ 1 Water St., at Old Fulton St., DUMBO, Brooklyn, 718.522.5200.