Long Is­land City, Queens—home to dis­tinc­tive mu­se­ums, cool wa­ter­ing holes and much more.

Where New York - - Contents - / BY DANIEL FRIDMAN For more things to do in Long Is­land City, go to where­trav­

LIC’s hodge­podge of buzzing restau­rants is only a sin­gle stop from Man­hat­tan on the 7 sub­way. Whether the goal is whitetable­cloth Ital­ian or saucy K.C. bar­be­cue, the theme is al­ways af­ford­abil­ity.

Casa En­rique 5- 48 49th Ave., 347.448.6040 (NYC’s only Miche­lin-starred Mex­i­can resto) John Brown

Smoke­house 10- 43 44th Dr., 347.617.1120 (no-frills Kansas City bar­be­cue known for “burnt ends”)

Maiella 4610 Cen­ter Blvd., 718.606.1770 (house­made pas­tas, wa­ter­front views)

Tour­nesol 50-12 Ver­non Blvd., 718.472.4355 (clas­sic, el­e­gant, mod­estly-priced French fare) Busi­nesses fo­cused on lo­cal art of­fer dis­tinc­tive, of­ten hand­made goods.

Just Things 47-28 Ver­non Blvd., 917.558.4869 (an­tiques, jew­elry, clothes)

LIC Klean­ers 45- 03 Broad­way, 718.606.0540 (streetwear, life­style brands)

Mat­ted LIC 46-36 Ver­non Blvd., 718.786.8600 (frame and gift shop, art gallery) Cold craft beer com­ple­ments any long day of ex­plo­ration, es­pe­cially when it’s poured straight from the tap. If your palate yearns for wine, al­low Long Is­land City's French fare con­nois­seurs walk you through their wine list. Alewife 5- 41 51st Ave., 718.937.7494 (28 craft beers on tap, house­made cock­tails, up­scale pub fare) Do­maine bar a vins 50- 04 Ver­non Blvd., 718.784.2350 (char­cu­terie, ex­ten­sive by-the- glass list)

Dutch Kills 27-24 Jack­son Ave., 718.383.2724 (rep­utable, elab­o­rate hand­crafted cock­tails) LIC Beer Project 39-28 23rd St., 917.832.6840 (brew­ery, tap­room) Twelve acres of wa­ter­front Man­hat­tan and sky­line views can keep you com­fort­ably en­chanted, but if you’re crav­ing ad­ven­ture, get out there and play.

Break 32- 04 Broad­way, 718.777.5400 (bil­liards, ping-pong) Gantry Plaza State

Park 4- 09 47th Rd., 718.786.6385 (fish­ing, pic­nic ta­bles, bas­ket­ball courts) In­door Ex­treme

Sports 47-11 Van Dam St., 718.361.9152 (paint­ball, laser tag)

From top to bot­tom: The Mu­seum of Modern Art's LIC out­post de­voted to con­tem­po­rary work; Tour­nesol; Isamu Noguchi piece in the Noguchi Mu­seum Sculp­ture Gar­den

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