Best brunch places in Long Island City: The weekend starts here

Which places in Long Island City are worth getting out of bed for? Check out the best brunch spots for a late-morning weekend meal.



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Start your perfect Saturday or Sunday in leisurely fashion at one of Long Island City’s best brunch places. Whether you’re looking for a bargain brunch at a popular neighborhood diner or something more upscale, there are plenty of options for pancakes, egg dishes and brunch cocktails.

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Bel Aire Diner

  • Price band: 1/4

Located within walking distance of Socrates Sculpture Park, the Bel Aire earns points for extras like the gratis beets and chickpeas your family can nosh on while you wait for your order. Seen-it-all staffers won’t grimace when you mention your child’s food allergies.

  1. 31-91 21st St, (at Broadway)
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LIC Market

  • Price band: 1/4

This Long Island City restaurant serves market-driven casual fare for breakfast and lunch, and sells its house-made sauces, jams and pickles in a small retail area.

  1. 1-52 44th Dr, (between 21st and 23rd Sts)
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M. Wells Dinette

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Circumstances, such as natural disasters and irascible landlords, can conspire to sink even the buzziest restaurant. And long lines outside don’t always translate to a cushion against trouble. M. Wells, among the most celebrated debuts of the past few years, brought Quebecois gluttony to New York, turning a remote corner of Queens into a hot food-destination. It lost its sweet lease, though, while still going strong in 2011, serving its last veal brains in brown butter and its

  1. 22-25 Jackson Ave, (at 46th Ave)
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Sage General Store

  • Price band: 1/4

The owners of this inviting nook located near P.S.1 are parents themselves, and are happy to create special meals for picky eaters. But with a roster of dishes like mac and cheese, tomato-basil soup and grilled cheese combos (crafted from locally farmed ingredients), you're not likely to need that safety net. A selection of house-made cupcakes and brownies make for a nice finish.

  1. 24-20 Jackson Ave, (between Pearson St and 45th Ave)
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did you actually go to LIC? These are great, but FAR from the best... you missed El Ay Si for brunch... homemade tater tots and egg sandwiches... all in all, this best of LIC guide blows.