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Long Island City Neighborhood Guide

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Restaurants, Bars and Cafés

Corner Bistro Famous for its burgers

Hibino** This Japanese restaurant should better known!
Tuk Tuk **Authentic Thai food from an expat Bangkok artist.
Cyclo * Stylish Vietnamese restaurant, with a full menu and great Vietnamese sandwiches!
Mu Ramen Authentic hipster Ramen, but always a long wait
Marasaki Wide variety of Japanese food
Sushi Daisen
Takuman ++ Japanese and right next door

Domaine** Great selection of French and New World wine with a knowledgeable staff
Dominie's Hoek * Solid local place with bar food
LIC Bar * Well worth the walk! They have an active live music program

Happy Hour:
Nearly all the restaurants and cafes along Vernon Boulevard have fun, well-priced drinks and bar food specials from approximately 5-7 pm. Stroll along to find your favorite local!

51st Bakery** Great pastries and sandwiches - the perfect place to work or just hang out!
Sweatleaf * A local hipster coffee joint with excellent coffee and pastries. Plan to hang out!
SugarCube* Artisinal handmade deserts and ice cream and jazz at night
Bricktown Bagel & Cafe Great bagels, free w-fi and flat screens
Dorian's CafeTraditional New York Greek diner

E+I Deli Two locations next to each other: good for small grocery shopping and sandwiches

Tournesol ** A Michelin-noted small and welcoming French bistro. The three course prix fixe menu Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings is the best.
Cafe Henry *A little bit of the left bank in LIC with delectable crepes and salads.

Manetta's Ristorante **Mediterranean menu with the best take out pizzas!
Bella Via * Full menu with good pizza as well.
Inizio PizzeriaPizza to eat in
Manducatis Rustica Relaxed Old World Italian
Slice Pizza to take out

South of the Border:
Casa Enrique * Regional Chiapan cuisine and the first Mexican restaurant in NYC to get a Michelin star.
BlendPeruvian-Cuban fusion
Creek and CaveA chill Tex-Mex hipster grill with a full bar, pool room, and spacious outdoor patio and lounge. Also has a comedy club!
Jora Traditional Peruvian food owned and operated by Alejandro Rojas, whose father owns one of the oldest Peruvian restaurants in New York.


Wine and Liquor:
Hunter’s Point Wines & Spirits Upscale
Vernon Wine & Liquor Local

LIC Flea ** Foods, drinks and crafts on the weekends - a total must!!
Ledo Barber ** In our building and totally hip!

** Simply the Best!
* Our Favorites

++ Not recommended


Food CellarLarger supermarket
Urban Market Closest supermarket, but overpriced

Duane Reade
Vernon Boulevard Pharmacy

Dry Cleaning/Laundry:
Laundry City - 2 minutes from the Loft, drop off and DIY

Chase Bank full banking and ATM
Kitchen Plus More hardware and housegoods
UMD Urgent Care walk in medical services
UPS store all your shipping needs


PS 1 Contemporary Art Center
The best place to see the newest contemporary art in a museum. It is connected to MoMA (one ticket gets you into both museums), and the greatest concentration of art in NYC outside of Manhattan. A must for those interested in the cutting edge.
The Noguchi Museum
A lovely museum dedicated to life and work of this extraordinary Japanese-American sculptor and architect. Originally the artist's actual studio, this is one of the best kept secret's in New York - everyone should visit!
Socrates Sculpture Park
Right across from the Noguchi Museum. Contemporary sculpture by emerging artist in a superb location on the East River. Check website for their lively dance, film and yoga programs.
Sculpture Center
Showcases emerging and well-known contemporary sculptors. It's a small, experimental space, and though not every exhibit hits the prize. It is definitely worth a visit.
Queens Museum of Art
In Flushing Meadows Park, next to the famous Unisphere. The building dates to the 1939's World's Fair; do not miss the Panorama of New York City, a fantastic model of all five boroughs and its lively exhibits of contemporary art.
Museum of the Moving Image
A jewel of a museum, with excellent interactive exhibits. This is the perfect destination for all ages! Great movie screenings on weekends.
Fisher Landau Center for Art
Fisher Landau Center for Art is devoted to the exhibition and study of the excellent contemporary art collection of Emily Fisher Landau. Beautiful galleries in a former commercial building.
Radiator Arts Gallery
A great place to see contemporary art exhibitions, performances and video programs; in terms of contemporary art in NY, this is the "real deal"!. Check opening times before visiting.

Exercise & Fitness

The Yoga Room Professional yoga and pilates classes.
Pranavah Yoga Another great option for taking yoga and pilates classes, in a relaxing, peaceful studio
Crossfit Gantry The latest exercise trend - get in shape in LIC fast!
The Cliffs at LIC 30,000 sqft of amazing climbing and fitness! It doesn't matter if you've never climbed or have summited the largest mountains.
Gantry State Park With spactacular views of the Manhattan skyline, the park is great for both jogging, walking or just relaxing. Other recreational facilities include basketball and handball courts, and a fishing pier with its own cleaning table

Beauty & Spa

KATA SpaA great place to get high quality massage therapy for Swedish and Shiatsu message .
Earth and Sky Massage Therapy
Primp and Tease Salon A neighborhood hair and make up salon, with really friendly staff!


Subway transportation is excellent in Queens. The 7 train goes directly from Grand Central in Manhattan to Queens in 5 minutes. Other nearby subway lines are the E, V, N, R and also the G train to Brooklyn.

Both the B32 or B62 buses go to Green Point and Williamsburg (10 minutes).

NYC Ferry
One stop to East 34th Street or go to Willaimsbiurg and Wall Street. There is even a new service to Rockaway, if you want the beach! The ferry stop is 5 minutes away...

Phone & SIM card service

716 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017 (3rd Ave & 45th St)
469 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017 (Lex Ave & 45th St) 212-867-0781
381 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017 (Madison Ave & 46th St) 212-687-8910
57 West 42nd St, New York, NY, 10036 (6th Ave & 42nd St) 212-730-4727
420 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017 (Lexington and 43rd St) 212-401-6975
342 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017 (Madison Ave and 43rd St) 212-856-6100

* There is very little to choose between the four companies, but we prefer T-Mobile
** Take the 7 train to Grand Central for any stores on this list; the nearest is the first Verizon store on the list

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