Here are my Top 6 Favorite Things To Do in LIC in The Springtime:
1. Visit the LIC Flea & Food
|Tons of food options, tons of artists and craftsmen – making for a few hours of fun at the Flea|
2. Enjoy Gantry State Park
Iconic Pepsi-Cola sign? Check.
Amazing, unobstructed views of the New York City skyline? Check.
Ample room to sit, lounge, stroll and enjoy the waterfront? Check.
Dog park with (what I think is) the best view you can get? Check.
Trouble finding the park? Walk straight from Center Boulevard towards the skyline. Stop before you fall in the East River. Easy peasy.
3. Visit Rockaway Brewing Company for a Tour and Beer Tastings
The tasting room (“Growler Room”) AND brewing facilities of this local brewery have been completely revamped since I first visited (and since this old pic – new ones to come!) but they provide tours, tastings and even growlers to go. Rockaway Brewing Company is also one of three breweries participating in the brand-spanking-new beer garten (or biergarten, of course) at the Flea (refer to #1 above), where full size beers are sold for $6, but the sunshine and atmosphere come free. I’ve done a separate post reviewing the brewery, which you can check out right here (don’t worry, it will open in another window/tab).
|Rockaway Brewing Company – Tasting Flight|
For more about Rockaway Brewing Company, visit their official website here.
4. Grab a Coffee at Sweetleaf Espresso & Cocktail Bar
It’s nice to see a not-Starbucks in a developing area and I love this particular Sweetleaf location (there are 3, total) because it a) recently started offering brunch, b) has a full bar and turns into a cocktail lounge at night and c) makes delicious coffee drinks. My favorite? The Voodoo Child -a Vietnamese-style cold brew with high ratings on the delicious scale. Stroll up from the park, cross the street and enter into the coffee-scented haven for an afternoon pick-me-up.
This Sweetleaf is located at 4615 Center Blvd. Check out their details here.
5. Eat Dinner On the Patio at Casa Enrique or Indoors at Jora
There are a few great restaurants in LIC, but in warmer weather I just want some spicy Latin food. The courtyard patio at Casa Enrique is a perfect spot to finish out the daylight hours, enjoying guacamole made-to-order, three kinds of salsa, delicious enchiladas or perfect street tacos. Wash it all down with a selection from their voluminous drink list, including daily drink specials like mango mojitos, for example. They also make a mean Michelada.
More on Casa Enrique here at their official website and check out my review and photos here. Oh yeah, and it won a Michelin star in 2015. So, don’t take it from just me. This place is seriously buenisimo.
If we’re in the mood for something a bit more southern, we’ll head to Jora, the long-awaited, never-disappointing Peruvian spot with delicious ceviches, more than a couple Pisco Sours and variations thereupon, some seriously spicy Peruvian stuffed peppers and delicious, creamy ají de gallina amarillo all on the menu.
|Ceviche mixto and Pisco Sour at Jora|
Visit Jora’s (limited) website here.
6. Have A Nightcap In the Back Garden at LIC Bar
Feeling thirsty after dinner? Head down Vernon Boulevard (north – towards Astoria) and check out LIC Bar, on the corner of Vernon Boulevard and 46th Avenue. Mingle with folks from the neighborhood in this old-school, unpretentious spot and enjoy some seriously reasonably-priced pints of draft or bottled beers, friendly bartenders, live music, and life outside of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan for a night.
Find LIC Bar’s schedule of live music gigs and other information right here.
There you have it!
What are YOUR favorite things to do in Long Island City? Leave a comment and let me know!