Due to increasingly absurd rents here in Long Island City, our 3-year stint was about to end. Fortunately for us, our wonderful real estate agent, Anna Maria from Modern Spaces, found us a nice rent stabilized apartment so we don’t have to leave one of our favorite neighborhoods.
Reflecting on our last 3 years in the hood, here are some of the places we would have missed most. Note that this is in no way a comprehensive guide to Long Island City, just a summary of the places we love to patron and would have greatly missed being so close to. Warning: most of these are places to eat…
Manetta’s - We would have greatly missed the once or twice a month family dinners and the fettuccinni rosse (read more).
Bricktown Bagels - Not only are they on Seamless, they have great egg bagels (with scallion cream cheese & avocado) and iced coffee. They also house Mu Ramen (spicy miso ramen!), which is a great addition to the neighborhood a few nights a week (read more).
LIC: living - The owners, Jillian and Rebekah, offer personal recommendations, wonderful service, and a beautifully curated shop. It’s the perfect place to pick up a unique gift for someone (read more).
20 minute commute from Vernon-Jackson - Just one stop to Grand Central, nothing beats the morning commute into Manhattan.
E & I Deli on Vernon - The deli is open 24 hours, which is great on the late-night. They have a grill and some good gourmet selections.
Cranky’s - Cranky’s is our go-to breakfast/brunch spot on Vernon. We order their steak & eggs and corned beef hash with pommes frites frequently. They also have really great cappuccinos (read more).
Open Door - New favorite for “steak” (short ribs) and eggs. Add $5 and get unlimited mimosas or bloody mary for boozy brunch. Plus, the “back of the Pepsi Cola sign” replica is pretty awesome (read more).
Spice - They may be a New York chain, but the pad thai spring rolls (with creamy Sriracha sauce) and broad black noodles are my go-to take-out dishes (order on Seamless).
Blend - Our favorite Latin place in the area with yummy steak churrasco, chorizo empanadas, and avocado salad. Their pernil (roast pork) is pretty solid too. The new location by the water is gorgeous (read more).
Matted - Perfect place to get something custom-framed or to pick up a cute and unique gift.
Alobar- Wild mushroom toast with egg and ricotta. Enough said, but see more here.
Gantry plaza state park - Recently expanded into Hunters Point South Park, this is arguably one of the best spots in the 5 boroughs to catch a view of the famed NYC skyline (see more).
SHI - Vietnamese noodles and the view at SHI are both spectacular (read more).
Sweetleaf We love getting Cappuccino and iced rocket fuel at Sweetleaf’s new location on Center Blvd (website).
LIC Flea - While only open seasonally, LIC Flea has been a great addition and a wonderful reason to take trip into the neighborhood (read more).
Breadbox Cafe - Their creamy tomato soup is a must on a rainy, cold day (read more).
Malu - The homemade Strawberry Champagne Sorbet is definitely a favorite (read more).
Sage General Store - Really cute brunch spot with a brunch pizza I’m obsessed with, the Wisconsin Pizza (read more).
Burger garage - Kind of like an independent Five Guys, Burger Garage has solid burgers (you can even get a gluten free bun) and REALLY good onion strings (read more).
LIC market - We love getting lunch and brunch here. Delicious sandwiches, burgers, and a really good bread & pastry basket when you go during brunch (read more).
John Brown Smokehouse - They have delicious burnt ends and cornbread, plus the backyard area is a fun place to sit when the weather is nice (read more).
This list is also a reminder that there’s still so much to do/explore in Long Island City. Hopefully next year’s will be longer!