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Gordo’s Cantina

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The vast majority of quality eating and drinking in Long Island City can be found in Hunter’s Point and further south (closer to Brooklyn). Gordo’s Cantina, on the other hand, is up at the Queensboro Bridge, located next to a strip club with a broken neon sign, called Scandals. There are a few tables up front and seats at the long bar. The bartender doubles as the waiter, and makes solid margaritas. Just don’t bother asking for any substitutions - the answer will be an emphatic no.

Besides Casa Enrique, Mexican options in LIC are quite limited, so keep Gordo’s in mind as an affordable option for hearty tortas (sandwiches) and quesadillas. They serve good chunky guacamole with thick fried chips that, importantly, don’t break during scooping. The tacos all have plenty of meat - we like the pork butt, but the beef (“Gordo’s special cut”) is pretty bland. The huge burritos are worth sharing, especially the chorizo. We’d avoid most of the salads and large plates - the flank steak served with beans and rice isn’t worth $23, especially when it comes with absolutely no frills on the side.

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