Tournesol

Critics' pick
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Photograph: Richard Burrowes

Tournesol

2/3
Photograph: Richard Burrowes

Tournesol

3/3
Photograph: Richard Burrowes

Tournesol

Long Island City
While Tournesol has fast become a local favorite for some steak frites and magret de canard, even Manhattanites are making the trip for beautifully executed southwestern French cuisine at prices you’d be hard pressed to find across the East River. Squeeze into one of the red banquettes in the intimate one-room dining space outfitted with white tin ceilings and local artwork, and order a plate of perfectly seared scallops. If you’re feeling especially self-indulgent, split an appetizer of the obscenely good tartiflette au reblochon, a rich gratin of bacon and sliced potatoes in a melted pool of the nutty French cheese. The homemade foie gras terrine seems downright light in comparison.
Venue name: Tournesol
Contact:
Address: 50-12 Vernon Blvd
Queens
11101-57
Cross street: between 50th and 51st Aves
Opening hours: Mon 5:30–11pm; Tue–Thu 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–11pm; Fri 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–11:30pm; Sat 11am–3:30pm, 5:30–11:30pm; Sun 11am–3:30pm, 5–10pm
Transport: Subway: 7 to Vernon Blvd–Jackson Ave
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx
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