51st Bakery & Cafe is a popular neighborhood hang on a side street near the southern tip of Long Island City. In the morning, people sit at a communal table and seats along the walls while eating avocado toast on Balthazar bread. Lunch options, which rotate daily, include things like chickpea smash or roast chicken, available as salads or on baguettes.
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Court Square Diner is a 24-hour neighborhood spot in LIC for pancakes and chicken parm at 4pm or 4am.
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Pates Et Traditions
Pates Et Traditions feels more like a small spot you’d find in Southern France than a restaurant two blocks from the Bedford L stop in Williamsburg.
Le Pain Quotidien, you are officially on notice. Maison Kayser is better, and people can actually pronounce it. Sort of.
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John Brown Smokehouse
While we enjoyed our time with John Brown Smokehouse, we didn’t quite go crazy over the BBQ the way others have. Though if you and your crew appreciate trays full of BBQ and massive bootfuls of beer, John Brown should be on the radar.
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