Falchi Building, 31-00 47th Ave., Long Island City
For many years Mark Israel’s plain glazed doughnut recipe was enough to draw crowds to this Lower East Side foodie destination, but more recent additions, like Mexican churros, house-made jelly filled doughnuts, and cake doughnuts have made Doughnut Plant legitimately legendary. While you can find Doughnut Plant on the menus of many hotels and restaurants throughout NYC, there's also a location in the Chelsea Hotel, Brooklyn, and now Long Island City.
M. Wells Steakhouse
43-15 Crescent St., Long Island City
Here you'll find this thing called the Solomon Gundy, which is a potato waffle covered in trout roe and crème fraiche—and then you'll freak out. They use herring for their Caesar instead of anchovies (delicate and surprising), and even do a “Bone-in Burger”—though we prefer the steak.
M. Wells Dinette
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
Situated in a new space in PS1, and named after the popular M.Wells outpost nearby, this "cafeteria" serves great food, like fresh takes on steak tartar and bibimbap in a really cool schoolhouse-themed dining room.
13-27 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
This is an old-school Italian restaurant with heavy décor, and simple, light plates of fresh pasta served family-style. Owned and carefully managed by husband and wife team Vincenzo and Ida Cerbone, this is the definition of a family-run establishment. The food is delicious and there's always a fun mix of people.
Di Fara Pizza
1424 Ave. J, Midwood
People make daily pilgrimages to this old-school pizza join deep in Brooklyn, and with good reason. The legendary Dom DeMarco makes every single one of his famous rectangular pizzas himself, which can make the lines long—yes, even out on Avenue J—but worth the wait. He uses top quality ingredients and then tops each and every pie with herbs, freshly grated parmesan, and a healthy pour of olive oil.
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