6 Can't Miss Places in LIC

Image by  Julius July

Image by Julius July

I'm a born and raised Queens girl and have spent the last few years living in Long Island City. The neighborhood has done a complete 180 since I was younger, with even more changes happening the last few years. I still love the industrial charm, but the new crop of restaurants and polished waterfront have really made the neighborhood pop. Here are some of my favorite places that should be on your list next time you're in my hood! 

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Image via roadtrippers.com

Gantry Plaza State Park 

Nothing beats a picnic under the iconic Pepsi sign, with views of the city and Queensboro Bridge as your backdrop. At night, the view from this park, while the city lights are shining in all their glory is a sight you'll never forget.

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Image via sweetleafcoffee.com

Sweetleaf Cocktail/Coffee Bar

The coffee shop/bar is a great space to work or relax, complete with a great menu of small bites, fresh baked goods and inventive cocktails. 

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Image via the infatuation

Casa Enrique

Reservations are a must, and they are def worth it. Casa Enrique is the only Michelin starred Mexican restaurant in NYC and Infatuation calls it the best Mexican in NY.  Go for the ceviche and margaritas, stay for the tres leche cake. 

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Dutch  Kills

My go to neighborhood bar has a speakeasy vibe with a more relaxed, locals only feel. The menu changes seasonally but I usually "roll my own" and let the bartenders whip something up.  Look for the sign above as you walk down the block, its a pretty tricky place to find! 

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Image via moma.org

Moma PS1

In addition to warm up,  one of summer's best day parties, PS1 has a unique collection of contemporary art. Spend an afternoon exploring the galleries and sneaking in exercise since there are lots of stairs!