This café and lounge, located on a trendy Long Island City street, doesn’t shake up the neighborhood, but it does deliver reliable Italian food. Francine DiTomaso (Luca Lounge) and husband James Powers have created boho ambiance with antique-style metal fans and a soundtrack of sultry French pop. The menu is filled with solidly executed, generously portioned dishes. Bruschetta topped with a classic trio of tomato, garlic and basil, and the lovely grilled salmon, served with a fan of fresh asparagus and a tangy balsamic reduction, do casual Italian justice.
47-25 Vernon Blvd
|Cross street:||at 47th Rd|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 4pm–midnight; Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 11am–2am; Sun 11am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: 7 to Vernon Blvd–Jackson Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $15. AmEx, MC, V|