LIC | Best Eats

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Hector Fabián
LIC | Best Eats

Top 5 On-the-Go Eats

Short on time? Here are some great places to grab and go.
Chinese - $$ - 4 min walk - Great place for quick and great tasting Dumplings in LIC. They tout themselves as re-invented dumplings to promote a healthy and flavorful lifestyle. We strive to offer quick bites that are fresh, affordable, and fit seamlessly into your active schedule.
Dumpling D'or
25-15 Queens Plaza North
Chinese - $$ - 4 min walk - Great place for quick and great tasting Dumplings in LIC. They tout themselves as re-invented dumplings to promote a healthy and flavorful lifestyle. We strive to offer quick bites that are fresh, affordable, and fit seamlessly into your active schedule.
Japanese - $$ - 2 min walk - This food cart is parked outside of the Floating Hospital building. Bored of the same old gyro?! Try Terry and Yaki by the piers with a view! My absolute favorite is the Terry Salad Bowl⁣ which consists of Teriyaki steak atop a kale salad w/ tomatoes chick peas and lemon vinegrette⁣. The Loaded Sweet Potato Fries⁣ were slamming too. It has their signature teriyaki chicken on top of a bed of ⁣crispy sweet potato fries served with chipotle mayo! ⁣
Terry And Yaki Cart
41-43 Crescent Street
Japanese - $$ - 2 min walk - This food cart is parked outside of the Floating Hospital building. Bored of the same old gyro?! Try Terry and Yaki by the piers with a view! My absolute favorite is the Terry Salad Bowl⁣ which consists of Teriyaki steak atop a kale salad w/ tomatoes chick peas and lemon vinegrette⁣. The Loaded Sweet Potato Fries⁣ were slamming too. It has their signature teriyaki chicken on top of a bed of ⁣crispy sweet potato fries served with chipotle mayo! ⁣
American - $$ - 10 min walk - Pitmaster Josh Bowen has been paying homage to the barbecue culture of his hometown of Kansas City since setting up shop in 2011. Although plenty of competition has crowded into New York since then, John Brown Smokehouse remains king when it comes to burnt ends.
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John Brown Smokehouse
10-43 44th Drive
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American - $$ - 10 min walk - Pitmaster Josh Bowen has been paying homage to the barbecue culture of his hometown of Kansas City since setting up shop in 2011. Although plenty of competition has crowded into New York since then, John Brown Smokehouse remains king when it comes to burnt ends.
Craft Ice Cream - $$- 8 min walk - Ice & Vice's creative ice cream flavors are to die for. It turns out all their concoctions are as tasty as they are whimsical and that’s why they have gain the reputation as one of the best ice parlors in Queens!
Ice & Vice iSCREAM
Craft Ice Cream - $$- 8 min walk - Ice & Vice's creative ice cream flavors are to die for. It turns out all their concoctions are as tasty as they are whimsical and that’s why they have gain the reputation as one of the best ice parlors in Queens!

LIC’s Top Restaurants

Long Island City has a lot of very good food that you should be eating. These are the best sit down restaurants LIC has to offer. Enjoy!
Thai - $ - 4 walk - Great Thai food in the area! 🥘
House of Thai
2501 40th Ave
Thai - $ - 4 walk - Great Thai food in the area! 🥘
American - $$ - 15 min walk - This place is very famous in NYC. You’ll find the freshest of fish, literally..it’s a fish market and restaurant all in one. You pick the fish that you want and they’ll cook it right away. It’s so so good. You won’t regret it!
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Astoria Seafood
3710 33rd Street
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American - $$ - 15 min walk - This place is very famous in NYC. You’ll find the freshest of fish, literally..it’s a fish market and restaurant all in one. You pick the fish that you want and they’ll cook it right away. It’s so so good. You won’t regret it!
Mexican - $$$ - 15 min walk - LIC’s first Michelin Star restaurant! The food here is incredible so be sure to call ahead of time and make a reservation. It’s worth the trip. 🌮
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Casa Enrique
5-48 49th Avenue
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Mexican - $$$ - 15 min walk - LIC’s first Michelin Star restaurant! The food here is incredible so be sure to call ahead of time and make a reservation. It’s worth the trip. 🌮
Latin - $$ - 20 mins walk - Great food, great views of the city! 💃🏻🕺
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Blend on the Water
4540 Center Boulevard
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Latin - $$ - 20 mins walk - Great food, great views of the city! 💃🏻🕺
American - $$ - 15 min walk - Best Burgers in LIC!
Bareburger
48-19 Vernon Boulevard
American - $$ - 15 min walk - Best Burgers in LIC!
American - $$ - 5 min walk - Fantastic BBQ and cornbread to die for. Come any time, and get the lamb sausage and rib tips if the burnt ends are scratched off the menu.
Mothership Meat Company
27-20 40th Ave
American - $$ - 5 min walk - Fantastic BBQ and cornbread to die for. Come any time, and get the lamb sausage and rib tips if the burnt ends are scratched off the menu.
Indian - $ - 8 min walk - Adda is a very good Indian restaurant in the eastern part of LIC. The short menu here has delicious curries, a few tandoori dishes, and bunch of smaller things like garlic naan and cauliflower covered in cheese, plus an excellent biryani that comes with a layer of dough over the top to seal in all the moisture. Also, everything on the menu is under $20.
Adda Indian Canteen
31-31 Thomson Ave
Indian - $ - 8 min walk - Adda is a very good Indian restaurant in the eastern part of LIC. The short menu here has delicious curries, a few tandoori dishes, and bunch of smaller things like garlic naan and cauliflower covered in cheese, plus an excellent biryani that comes with a layer of dough over the top to seal in all the moisture. Also, everything on the menu is under $20.
Japanese - $$$ - 8 min walk - The ramen here tends to be a little less fatty than at other spots, so you get a ton of flavor without feeling terrible. This place doesn’t take reservations and only has about 20 seats, so make yourself comfortable once you’re finally seated and try some of the very good small plates, like the okonomiyaki.
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Mu Ramen
1209 Jackson Avenue
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Japanese - $$$ - 8 min walk - The ramen here tends to be a little less fatty than at other spots, so you get a ton of flavor without feeling terrible. This place doesn’t take reservations and only has about 20 seats, so make yourself comfortable once you’re finally seated and try some of the very good small plates, like the okonomiyaki.
French - $$ - 15 min walk - This dark French bistro serves good and highly affordable dishes, like duck liver terrine and mussels with french fries. The staff is very friendly and professional, making jokes and keeping wine glasses full while informing you about ingredients and preparations. Recommend goat cheese croquettes and escargots, both of which are under $10.
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Tournesol
50-12 Vernon Boulevard
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French - $$ - 15 min walk - This dark French bistro serves good and highly affordable dishes, like duck liver terrine and mussels with french fries. The staff is very friendly and professional, making jokes and keeping wine glasses full while informing you about ingredients and preparations. Recommend goat cheese croquettes and escargots, both of which are under $10.
American - $$$$ - 10 min walk - The food at M. Wells Steakhouse is what we imagine Rockefeller and Carnegie ate when they got together for working dinners. While chit-chatting about taking over the world and secretly plotting to destroy each other, they probably ate things like bone marrow escargots and the $4.50 porterhouse for two ($150 nowadays at M Wells). The space, which is a former auto-body repair shop, is a large dark room with a few metal garage doors and an open kitchen with a wood-burning grill. The food here is expensive and decadent, so expect salads to come buried in melted cheese, and wagyu and venison drenched in butter and jus.
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M. Wells Steakhouse
43-15 Crescent St
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American - $$$$ - 10 min walk - The food at M. Wells Steakhouse is what we imagine Rockefeller and Carnegie ate when they got together for working dinners. While chit-chatting about taking over the world and secretly plotting to destroy each other, they probably ate things like bone marrow escargots and the $4.50 porterhouse for two ($150 nowadays at M Wells). The space, which is a former auto-body repair shop, is a large dark room with a few metal garage doors and an open kitchen with a wood-burning grill. The food here is expensive and decadent, so expect salads to come buried in melted cheese, and wagyu and venison drenched in butter and jus.
American - $$ - 6 min walk - The ultimate brunch spot in LIC. Great spot where you can reliably get high-quality, uncomplicated food. LIC Market serves things like hearty salads and vegetable sides, stews in the winter, and of course, a solid burger. Make sure to buy a bottle of the housemade hot sauce on your way out.
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LIC Market
21-52 44th Drive
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American - $$ - 6 min walk - The ultimate brunch spot in LIC. Great spot where you can reliably get high-quality, uncomplicated food. LIC Market serves things like hearty salads and vegetable sides, stews in the winter, and of course, a solid burger. Make sure to buy a bottle of the housemade hot sauce on your way out.
Italian - $$ - 8 min walk - Luzzo's creates their amazing hand crafted Napoli style pizza and bakes them in one of the few remaining coal ovens in New York City. The Luzzo's Family of Restaurants is focused on creating a space where diners in New York can experience a fun atmosphere, & enjoy quality Italian food. Love their Pizzas!
Luzzo's
42-60 Crescent St
Italian - $$ - 8 min walk - Luzzo's creates their amazing hand crafted Napoli style pizza and bakes them in one of the few remaining coal ovens in New York City. The Luzzo's Family of Restaurants is focused on creating a space where diners in New York can experience a fun atmosphere, & enjoy quality Italian food. Love their Pizzas!

Neighborhoods

A redeveloped industrial area along the East River in Queens, Long Island City is known for its gleaming high-rises with sweeping views of Manhattan. Innovative art galleries and performance spaces, as well as pockets of trendy bars and restaurants, appeal to local artists and young professionals. MoMA PS1 showcases cutting-edge art and hosts seasonal dance parties. Locals enjoy the quiet riverfront park.
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Long Island City
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A redeveloped industrial area along the East River in Queens, Long Island City is known for its gleaming high-rises with sweeping views of Manhattan. Innovative art galleries and performance spaces, as well as pockets of trendy bars and restaurants, appeal to local artists and young professionals. MoMA PS1 showcases cutting-edge art and hosts seasonal dance parties. Locals enjoy the quiet riverfront park.