The 10 Best Breakfast And Brunch Spots In Long Island City, New York City

Photo of Alexis DeFillippo
9 November 2016

Is there anything better than fluffy pancakes and crispy bacon, with the perfect cup of coffee or a delicious mimosa? The correct answer is no, unless you are referring to having all of the above in the quirky art-infused neighborhood that is Long Island City. Just a short trip to both Midtown and Brooklyn, LIC is the best place to enjoy the most important meal of the day. Here are our top picks for starting the day right in Long Island City.

Bakery | © Borya/Flickr

t Bakery and Café

Bakery, Cafe, Pastries, $$$
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This café, which seats 46 people, is a must for those looking for a delicious pastry-filled breakfast. Just blocks away from the East River, you can enjoy diverse daily specials made by Faye, the talented co-owner and chef. Providing a flawless combination of a homely aura and a chic presentation, dining at 51st Bakery and Café is never a bad decision. Start your day by filling up on different baguette sandwich combinations and cream of the crop pastries.

The Creek and The Cave

Bar, American, Mexican
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The Creek and The Cave is home to the funniest brunch experience you will ever have. There are many facets to this restaurant that have contributed to its success, including that not only does it serve delicious Mexican fare, but it doubles as a comedy theater. There is upstairs and outdoor seating, and downstairs there is a bar, so you could easily find yourself spending an entire day here. From improv to stand up comedy, this place guarantees an eventful day,and the best part is the only movement required is going up and down stairs. Get lost in the hilariousness of the comedic art, while enjoying a flavorful meal at this LIC favorite.

Barista Panini House

Cafe, American
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Baked Ricotta and Potato Cake with Smoked Salmon - Relish Food Store AUD12.50
Baked Ricotta and Potato Cake with Smoked Salmon - Relish Food Store AUD12.50 | © Alpha/Flickr
Early and late mornings are meant to be spent drinking freshly squeezed orange juice and eating individualized paninis. Do not let their understated outdoor presence deter you, because once you enter and take in the modern décor, you will quickly understand why Barista Panini House is a Long Island City local’s go to spot. Quick, personal, and professional service is a constant here, which leads to many returning customers who order food to dine in or take out. The fresh food, the to die for coffee, and the unparalleled sandwiches are just three of the many reasons why nobody should miss an early meal here.

Sage General Store

Restaurant, American
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Sage General Store is a very popular brunch spot for locals and visitors of the scenic Long Island City. Much of their success is a direct reflection of owner Leslie Nilsson, chef Matt Bernero, and general manager Nicole Biscardi, who are experts in the culinary field. This fair priced restaurant is a perfect location for a romantic rendezvous and catching up with friends, as it possesses a cute and comfortable atmosphere. Bring the kids, some friends, or a date, but most importantly your appetite, as the apple wood smoked bacon and French toast are absolutely delectable.

LIC Market

Market, Restaurant, American, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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Tripling as a market, restaurant, and wine bar, LIC Market is one of the most in-demand venues. An extensive brunch menu, which includes tasty options such as ricotta and pignol, mozzarella and radicchio, and slow roasted duck hash, can be found here, all under the price of $15. As cooler weather emerges the popular patio seating will no longer be a wanted option, but not to worry; the inside of this establishment is quirky and charming. Take time to relish in everyone’s favorite brunch at the LIC Market, and while you are at it enjoy a mimosa or two.

Café Henri

Bistro, French, $$$
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This colorful French bistro is a cozy place with some of the most flavorful foods in all of the brunch scene in Long Island City. Don’t let Café Henri being owned by an American with Mexican chefs fool you; their menu is top-to-bottom filled with authentic French cuisine such as customer favorites les oeufs a sa façon and l’omelette avec choix de trios. Devote a morning or early afternoon to pleasing your taste buds with a taste of Europe in this Queens neighborhood.

Dutch Kills Centraal

Gastropub, Restaurant, Food Court, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Pub Grub, Gluten-free, $$$
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Eggs Benedict with Bacon - The Maling Room AUD13 | © Alpha/Flickr
The ever-coveted brunch at Dutch Kills Centraal begins at 11 am sharp, but get there early because this is a popular destination for locals and it fills up fast. A friendly vibe is what you will find here, from the staff to the welcoming light blue wood paneling being the first thing you observe when approaching this place, all diners will feel right at home. Devouring an order of buttermilk pancakes or a three egg omelet has tough competition with being the favorite part of your day spent here, as they have other fun components such as live music later on Saturdays. Brunch should not just be an early afternoon affair; it should be done right, by dedicating time to the occasion and enjoying it at a place, like Dutch Kills Centraal, that will provide not only a meal but also an experience.


Restaurant, American
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Green eggs and ham are not just for Dr. Seuss books, but also for brunch patrons at Masso. The décor is not the only creative and inspiring feature at this place – the presentation of each dish is just as inventive. From adorable mason jars filled with various types of flowers to the attention spent on detail to each plate, customers will find everything here aesthetically pleasing. Décor and appearance is just the beginning; the food here is equally fascinating. Popular menu items include smoke salmon eggs benedict and the frittata of the day, which will have your mouth watering in no time. Masso embodies the complete package, when searching for a place that provides good food and atmosphere.

Rio Grande Churrascaria

Bar, Restaurant, Brazilian, $$$
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Strawberry & Goat Cheese Panini
Strawberry & Goat Cheese Panini | © Ralph Daily/Flickr
This famous and authentic Brazilian steak house and sports bar is a great place to enjoy breakfast. The food specified for your early morning eats can be served either by buffet or entree. Some of the meals comprised of traditional breakfast favorites such as blueberry pancakes, Eggay Buritto, and the Rio Grande Churrascaria’s very own item The New Yorker. Reasonably priced and appetizing eats are exactly what puts this restaurant on the list.

Tost Café

Cafe, Sandwich Shop, Fast Food
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Paninis, wraps, omelets, and bagels, individualized for your personal preference, can be found here at Tost Café. Even though this place has limited seating, it does not deter customers, as this breakfast joint is an on the go spot that all locals love. Found on a modest corner in LIC, this eating establishment has the fairest of prices and the most accommodating of servers. Stop by this joint for one of their several early morning bites that will not only satisfy your cravings, but also that of your friends, family, and even co-workers.