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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From Kora makes incredible Filipino pastries in Long Island City, all of which must be ordered online.
Adda is a great casual Indian restaurant in Long Island City, and you should be planning a trip here for some curry and cheesy naan.
Tournesol is a French small plates restaurant in Long Island City that’s ideal for casual date night.
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La Sirène has changed a bit over the last few years, but this French cult favorite in a strange part of SoHo is still pretty damn good and pretty damn authentic.
Bobo is "Perfect For" Girls Night Out, and has an amazing outdoor area, but the food is underwhelming. Also, wait 'til you find out how they came up with the name. Come on.
Barawine is a wine bar in Harlem with a little dining room where they serve French-ish American food.
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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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