Must-See Long Island City
by Michael Hsu, 09/23/2014
Dutch Kills. Photo: Marley White
Libations in the City are not hard to come by. But Long Island City serves it all up with character. At the craft-beer bar Alewife Queens, you'll discover a range of hard-to-find beers on draught. Offerings include Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and Bear Republic Triples Alley. Alewife also serves bar snacks, dinner (featuring burgers and locally harvested oysters) and a weekend brunch at which you can get Southern-inspired dishes like pork and grits or biscuits and gravy. Oenophiles visiting the neighborhood will want to stop by Domaine Bar a Vins, a chic and cozy wine bar that serves more than 40 wines by the glass. Pull up a stool to the zinc bar and hope that there's live jazz going on that night. If you're more in the mood for handcrafted cocktails, head over to Dutch Kills. This speakeasy takes you back to the Prohibition era with hand-cut ice cubes, a ragtime-piano room strewn with sawdust and mixologists wearing old-timey vests. The cocktails are embellished with all manner of fresh ingredients, such as grated cinnamon and house-made grenadine.