51st Bakery & Cafe is a popular neighborhood hang on a side street near the southern tip of Long Island City. In the morning, people sit at a communal table and seats along the walls while eating avocado toast on Balthazar bread. Lunch options, which rotate daily, include things like chickpea smash or roast chicken, available as salads or on baguettes.
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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.
Studio Square is a big indoor/outdoor bar in Astoria where they play sports games on movie-theater-sized projector screens.
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Red Paper Clip
Red Paper Clip serves a very good six-course tasting menu for $95 in a bare West Village space.
Ponty Bistro is a restaurant in Harlem where you can bring a date and eat some food that’s equal parts American, French, and African.
Fada is a French restaurant with outdoor seating near McCarren Park in Williamsburg that works for a date.
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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.
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