Cafes in Long Island City

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4702 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City,
NY
US

Bugatti Cafe fully embraces the warm, charming connotations of an Italian eatery with its earthy cuisine and rich mahogany hues. Originally from Parma, Italy, chef Camillo recreates familiar Old World flavors by importing cheeses and cured meats and relying on time-honored techniques for boiling water on a stovetop. His menu includes slow-cooked lamb shanks, veal- and spinach-stuffed ravioli, and grilled Portuguese octopus in red-wine-vinegar emulsion.

Although the eclectically decorated dining room draws eyes to yellow walls and a pair of turquoise doors, poplar floorboards, custom-designed wooden tables, and exposed brickwork keep the space rooted in rustic tones. A mural fuses the two disparate color schemes with a soft depiction of an urban scene, which includes towering skyscrapers, vintage automobiles, and New York's iconic aqueducts.

3105 34th St
Astoria,
NY
US

The Breadbox Café welcomes the community into a modern space with exposed brick, fresh-baked bagels, healthy salads, and friendly people. The menu emphasizes freshness, using locally grown and organic produce when possible, grinding their own meat, and baking bagels fresh from scratch each morning. Smother a dough ring in your choice of cream cheese ($1.95+), or pile on the lox, cream cheese, tomato, and onion ($7.95). Sandwiches, including the vegan veggie with avocado, shitake mushrooms, sprouts, and pepper relish on ciabata ($8.95), and the steak house with chopped short rib on a brioche roll ($11.95), fill the empty hollows in hands and bellies. For a refreshing mouthful, forkdive into a salad, such as the tuna nicoise ($11.95) and farmer's country, a plate piled high with lettuce and organic veggies, spiced walnuts, blue cheese, and apples ($9.50). Breakfast is served all day.

4711 11th St
Long Island City,
NY
US

Sometimes a menu is best described as a fusion, but at Flo Cafe it's more accurate to call it a collection. The chef collects delicious dishes from all over the world to create a menu that features southwestern eggs benedict alongside sushi rolls and italian pastas. The staff also curates an extensive wine list with varietals from Argentina, France, New Zealand, and California to complement their diverse menu.

Inside, pale wood paneling coats pillars and surrounds enormous, wall-dominating portraits of colorfully made-up models. Couches and chairs fit snugly into a decor scheme of entirely warm colors, echoed in the dried grass and red-tinged leaves of the plants, giving the whole establishment a golden-hued glow like Donald Trump's gold-plated night light.

3720 30th Ave
Astoria,
NY
US

There's never a bad time to visit Michael's Cafe—it serves its bistro-style cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There's also free WiFi, making the place popular for business professionals on the go and anyone who needs to check their fantasy jai-alai team's stats. For breakfast, there is classic American breakfast fare, such as eggs, bacon, and toast. As the day moves along, you can order chicken wings slathered in a honey-habanero sauce and coconut shrimp served with house tartar sauce. Entrees, such as the filet mignon, come with a choice of potato, rice, or mixed vegetables. Feel free to kick back with a frosted mojito on the patio, which has cozy orange couches and chairs nestled near a tiki bar.

27-05 39th Ave
Long Island City,
NY
US

Though the bakers at Starry Bakery & Café can expertly make cakes and pastries fit for any celebration, sweets aren't their specialty. Instead, they focus on both sweet and savory baked goods. Inspiration comes from French and Japanese cuisines, as you can see from their varied menu, which includes red velvet cupcakes, Portuguese egg tart, and savory pork buns.

They craft these culinary works of art for both in-store consumption and catered events. Among their confections are kid-friendly treats such as buns with panda-bear faces made out of chocolate frosting and cakes sculpted to look like beloved cartoon characters. These themed confections help ensure smiles during birthday parties or afternoons when kids need a pick-me-up after a long day of chasing their shadows.

8309 Broadway
Flushing,
NY
US