Mon-Thu, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight; Sun, 11am-10:30pm
7 at Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Ave.; G at 21st St.
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Long Island City
For a glimpse into the future of the Queens waterfront, Long Island City's Riverview makes an apt crystal ball. Nestled on the ground floor of one of the borough’s newest and tallest high-rises, decked out in chi-chi modernist décor, and with virtual dibs on the bucolic Gantry Plaza State Park and pristine Midtown Manhattan skyline, it's a far cry from the dingy delis and rundown coffee shops tucked among the industrial blight lining—for the time being—of Hunters Point's East River shoreline. But you may find reasons to like it anyway. For one thing, Riverview offers an uncharacteristically peaceful NYC outdoor dining experience; for another, the food is commendable. For starters, the mesclun salad's truffle dressing has a pleasant, lasting earthiness. And entrees like the seafood fettuccini, with its potent lemony broth and basil notes are flavorful. All in all, the Riverview's meals are distinctive, ample, and reasonably priced, not unlike Queens. Well, back in the old days, at least.Recommended Dishes
Seafood fettuccini, $27