Must-See Long Island City
by Michael Hsu, 09/23/2014
Burger Garage. Photo: Eli Reuven
The neighborhood is also an excellent place to get a proper—but still casual—sit-down meal. Tournesol, a classic French bistro located just steps from the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue subway station, serves quintessential bistro fare (steak frites, moules marinières) as well as terrines and pâtés that are made in house. Northeast along Jackson Avenue, Sage General Store dishes up locally sourced comfort food like spit-roasted chicken, artisanal mac and cheese (sold by the scoop) and, on weekends (and soon, if not already by the time you’re reading this, for weekday dinners), organic-dough pizza that's fired in the restaurant's wood-burning oven. Save room for the gourmet takes on Hostess cupcakes (complete with the squiggly line of icing) and other classic desserts. Two blocks away, the Burger Garage puts a refined spin on the classic American burger joint. The fries are twice cooked, caramelized onions are sautéed for four hours and the slaw is made fresh each day. It also serves a crisp iceberg-wedge salad with crumbled bacon and blue cheese dressing—a steak-house staple at a fraction of the steak house price ($5.35).