Opened in 1975, Ariyoshi offers authentic Asian cuisine at an affordable price. In walking distance of LaGuardia Community College, this is a perfect quick bite for students who have large breaks in between class times. Ariyoshi appears small at first, but it can seat more than 80 people. With its open selection of udon, fish, sushi rolls, and sides, people can’t help but try the delicious dishes.
Ariyoshi, 41-13 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, NY, USA +1 718 937 3288
The Burger Garage
The Burger Garage was voted ‘Best Burger in Queens’ by the Queens Courier in 2012, but the co-owners, Jim and Adam Pileski, are not strangers to family business success. In 1926, their great-grandfather, Pio Bozzi, co-founded the famous Palm Restaurant in New York City, which is constantly booming with customers. So it’s no surprise that the Burger Garage has also found success. This restaurant prides itself on using high-quality ingredients in its burgers, hot dogs, and amazing desserts.
Doughnut Plant was established in 1994 in a Lower East Side basement. A man named Mark Israel used his grandfather’s doughnut recipe and converted the basement into a bakery, making doughnuts and delivering them on his bicycle. With the help of his father and brother, he moved the Doughnut Plant into a bakery on 379 Grand Street. Today, Doughnut Plant has various locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. The gourmet yeast and cake doughnuts are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and handmade jam fillings, with no trans fats, preservatives, eggs, or artificial flavors or colors.
Doughnut Plant, 31-00 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY, USA +1 212 505 3700
Manducatis, meaning ‘you all eat’ in Latin, is a family-owned, old-country Italian restaurant. This infamous restaurant offers a very elegant and comfortable atmosphere. Guests come from all over the world to taste dishes from the wonderful owner and chef, Ida Cerbone. Featuring immaculate stone walls and crisp white tables, stepping through the front doors is like stepping into Southern Italy.
Manducatis, 13-27 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY, USA +1 718 729 4602
This sleek and upscale lounge restaurant is perfect for happy hour meetings with good friends. Right by the waterside, SHI features comfy booths for big groups and small granite tables along with tall windows that allow guests to soak in the view of the East River.
SHI, 4720 Center Boulevard, Long Island City, NY, USA +1 347 242 2450
MUNDO New York
This eccentric, two-floor restaurant is inspired by homemade and international dishes but focuses mainly on Latin and Mediterranean cuisines. Featuring avant-garde designs, candlelit tables, and exposed industrial ceilings, Mundo New York fits right in with artsy Long Island City. Guests can also enjoy special performances and talent shows such as Flamenco Night and Tangoland.
Mundo New York, 37-06 36th Street, Long Island City, NY, USA +1 718 706 8636
LIC Market is another spot that uses a blend of cuisines to make phenomenal food, although it focuses more on American cuisine. The produce comes from farms in locations such as New Jersey, Vermont, and Massachusetts. A wide variety of foods naturally calls for a variety of wines at the LIC Market. Always paying special attention to what’s in season, LIC Market sources wines from countries such as France, Germany, and Portugal.
LIC Market, 21-52 44th Drive, Long Island City, NY, USA +1 718 361 0013
A surf and turf restaurant that overlooks the Manhattan skyline? What more can you ask for? Water’s Edge is an amazing place to take your significant other with its stunning chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows, and intimate atmosphere. It caters weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs. Coupled with the sophisticated decor are fresh seafood and high quality meats, which makes Water’s Edge a total gem.
Water’s Edge, 401 44th Drive, Long Island City, NY, USA +1 718 482 0033
Originally from France, chef and owner Phillipe Fallait grew up in an area where people ate buckwheat crepes and seafood constantly. Wanting to share some of his comfort foods from his birthplace, he created Café Triskell. The sweet and savory crepes, which are more of a celebratory dessert and delicacy in his birthplace, have gotten a lot of recognition from publications for their amazing flavors and fluffy texture.
Café Triskell, 33-04 36th Avenue, Astoria, NY, USA +1 718 472 0612
Crescent Grill strongly believes in the farm-to-table principle and the importance of organically grown produce, meat, and dairy. Shaun and Daniel Dougherty choose to buy their ingredients at local farms in the hope of sharing their passion for food while also being considerate of the environment.
Crescent Grill, 38-40 Crescent Street, Long Island City, NY, USA +1 718 729 4040