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