Every neighborhood needs the 24-hour diner, and Court Square Diner is the answer in Long Island City. It's been in the same location just off Jackson Avenue for over 70 years, and is typically full of people who seem to be regulars. People who probably have a favorite counter seat or booth and can just walk in and say, “I’ll have the usual.” The massive menu has all of the classics from a bowl of cereal to a turkey club to baked meatloaf. The staff is very friendly, and we get the sense that they treat everyone like regulars. Even if your “usual” is a 4am order of the pancakes or chicken parm. Or both.
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Beebe’s is a restaurant in the bottom of The Boro Hotel in LIC, and it’s a perfect for when you’re in the area and need something easy.
Casa Enrique is home to the best Mexican food in New York City, and we bet you’ve never heard of it. Time to get acquainted with Long Island City.
Tournesol is a French small plates restaurant in Long Island City that’s ideal for casual date night.
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West-Bourne is an all-day cafe in SoHo where you can eat a great mushroom reuben or a bowl of vegetables that tastes better than it should.
Quality cocktails and more than decent food on Smith Street. Brunch is a big deal here.
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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.
The Green Street LIC
The Green Street LIC does kind-of-healthy Korean with optional Korean barbecue.
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