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.

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

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.

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LIC Market

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.

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M. Wells Dinette

Critics' pick

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 final foie gras French toast at the end of that summer. And for more than a year, a comeback seemed uncertain. A few weeks ago, Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, the visionary couple behind the place, finally revived it—with a little help from their old neighbor, MoMA PS1. They’ve moved from their madhouse diner digs to more sedate museum environs. Gone are the two-hour waits for a table, the manic kitchen’s short-order quarters. The menu is smaller these days, the hours more civilized, and the food—wait for it—is far more subdued. Which isn’t to say that M. Wells, even in its scaled-back incarnation, isn’t still one of the city’s most exciting places to eat. It’s a museum canteen, certainly, but unlike any other. The restaurant, open only during PS1’s hours (until 6pm), does brisk but not frenetic business at lunch. The decor pays homage to the space’s public-school roots, with a daily-changing chalkboard menu and cubbyhole desks. But instead of juice boxes and Salisbury steak, there’s grower champagne

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Sage General Store

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.

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Comments

4 comments
Feedme S
Feedme S

Do these people ever do any research? I can think of so many places better. For one, ALOBAR has the best BRUNCH and DINNER in the area by far.... Casa Enrique is great too.

Dan D
Dan D

Sorry, I meant just "won" runner-up best brunch in all of Queens.  Dan

Dan D
Dan D

You also missed Crescent Grill which just one runner-up Best Brunch in the 2014 Queens Courier Best of the Boro Restaurants/Bars contest for all of Queens, not just LIC!!!!  Dan

paula
paula

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.