If you’re in Long Island City with a big group, get some beers at Alewife. This two-floor bar has more than 25 beers on tap, some of which they brew themselves. You can also play pool or pinball, or get some bar food and hang out at a picnic table in the backyard. There's a Happy Hour from open until close Monday-Thursday, too.
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Tournesol is a French small plates restaurant in Long Island City that’s ideal for casual date night.
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.
Gordo’s is a neighborhood Mexican restaurant near the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City with solid guacamole and house margaritas.
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DBA is a bar in the East Village that’s good for people who like whiskey and beer and drinking those things outside.
Verlaine Bar & Lounge
Verlaine is a bar and lounge on the Lower East Side whose best asset is its Happy Hour.
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