Our trip to New York gave us the perfect opportunity to impose upon our friends who lived in Long Island City. I don’t know about you, but I love visiting cities where I can stay with friends. It takes away the pressure of deciding exactly which hotel in exactly which neighbourhood to choose, because I am not one to turn down free accommodation, and I absolutely love exploring cities like a local.

After seeing the view of Manhattan from the balcony, we quickly realised we’d made exactly the right decision. It was amazing to sit out on the balcony each night, drinking and catching up with this view to gaze upon!

Manhattan skyline by night

This was my first trip to New York and my first surprise was that it didn’t all look like Manhattan. A lot of places, LIC included, looked a lot like I’d imagined a small American town to look.

Long Island City seemed like a really cool place to be, with a laid back vibe and a good selection of bars and restaurants, as well as great transport links to the rest of the city. As there was so much to explore, we didn’t spend that much time there, but we did have a fun afternoon walking around the park by the Pepsi-Cola sign.

Pepsi Cola sign, Long Island City
Long Island City pig
Gantry Plaza State Park
Sergio Furnari
Long Island
Distant Bridge, LIC

Where to eat in Long Island City

Aside from looking round the park, we mostly ate and drank around Long Island City. Here’s a list of some of our favourites:

Court Square Diner (aka Shiny Shiny Diner): I was so excited to go to a proper American diner and thoroughly enjoyed my corned beef hash.

Café Henri: A slightly more upmarket diner in the form of a French bistro. We had a fantastic brunch complete with grand marnier hot chocolate.

Tuk Tuk: A great little Thai restaurant on Vernon Boulevard. The portions were a little large for my English appetite, so I took a doggy bag home for the next evening.

Sweetleaf Cocktail Bar: Conveniently located on Centre Boulevard, close to our friends’ building, this cocktail bar was a cool place to hang out for some drinks before dinner.

Skinny’s Cantina: Also on Centre Boulevard, this Mexican restaurant had a menu full of tempting treats.

Grafitti, Long Island City
Happy Bollard, Long Island City
On the bench, Long Island City
Grafitti, Long Island City
Shiny Shiny Diner
Fire Escape, Long Island City

What’s your favourite area to stay in New York?