BLACK IRIS Mediterranean.
Traditional Mediterreanean and Middle Eastern fare including gyros, kebabs, falafel, merguez (spicy lamb sausage) and a variety of “pitzaas” (pizzas made using pita bread for the crust). Cash only. L& D (daily). $
228 Dekalb Ave., at Clermont Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 718.852.9800. CAFE HENRI French.
This French bistro offers a sense of European tranquillity in Long Island City. Specialties include onglet à l’échalote (hanger steak with mashed potatoes, mesclun salad, baby carrots and red wine shallot sauce). B,L & D (daily). $$
1010 50th Ave., btw Jackson Ave. & Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, Queens, 718.383.9315. KEUKA KAFE: A WINE BAR Contemporary American.
NYC’s only Finger Lakes-based wine bar offers more than 50 wines by the glass, many of them sourced from New York state’s wine country. The food menu has housemade specialties like crab and avocado dip and grilled watermelon salad. L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$
112- 04 Queens Blvd., at 75th Rd., Forest Hills, Queens, 718.880.1478. VINTAGE Contemporary American.
A space with two wood-finished tables offers an outdoor complement to a cozy bar serving small plates and “sammies” (Croque Madame: maple bacon, grilled tomato, red leaf lettuce, citrus aioli, Pullman bread). Locally micro-roasted coffee is served with breakfast and a wine list consists of fine local, European and South American wines. B,L & D (daily). $$
23-14 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, Queens, at 23rd St., 718.606.0116.