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80 Good

A thoroughly charming and affordable French bistro in a neighborhood not known for them.

50–12 Vernon Blvd., Queens, NY, 11101


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The lowdown

Convivial and convincingly French, with charming waiters and a multilingual crowd, this Long Island City bistro is snappily run and perpetually packed. The food’s good, too, and just offbeat enough to keep things interesting. There’s steak-frites and onion soup, of course, but also cheesy tartiflette (an occasional special), and a mysterious affinity for un-Gallic garnishes like pineapple. Unlike many of its Manhattan brethren, Tournesol has managed to avoid the dreaded price creep — a boon for the neighborhood and romantic skinflints everywhere.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

Recommended DishesSautéed snails with tarragon butter.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized