If you want a bar on the water that’s big enough for large groups, but don’t want to wait behind half of Dartmouth’s Sig Ep chapter at the Frying Pan, check out Anable Basin, an all-outdoor drinking spot located behind some warehouses on the water in Long Island City. They play pretty loud trance music from speakers at the bar, so if that’s not your thing, just bring your drinks and food to the picnic tables at the far end of the space. Wherever you sit, you’ll get a nice view of Midtown.
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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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The Chinelos Birria Tacos truck is usually parked in Long Island City right by the water, and they make fantastic, consomme-drenched birria tacos.
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Five Boroughs Brewing Co.
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The Malt House
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