This Coffee & Cocktail Bar on the LIC Waterfront Is All About Upping the Ante on Your Favorite Form of Caffeine
Step into Cuba at Long Island City’s Madera, a Cuban-inspired restaurant created in homage to traditional Cuban cooking. In a quaint space accented with quirky décor—wine bottles lining the walls, eclectic artwork, and Cuban tourism posters—you have no choice but to enjoy yourself. Start out with the tropical salad, featuring papaya, mango, and mandarins tossed in a mint vinaigrette, then enjoy an authentic Cubano or a skirt steak sandwich with chimichurri—or any of over a dozen seafood and meat options infused heavily with Cuban spices.
Follow your meal with a strong brew at Sweetleaf Coffee and Cocktail Bar. Located on the Long Island City waterfront, Sweetleaf brings the cool. Its industrial vibe is warmed with reclaimed wood furniture and a collection of French antiques. And lucky for you and your date, the Center Boulevard location has more than just the typical café fare. Try one of their signature coffee drinks, perhaps the Rocket Fuel (featuring cold brew, chicory, and maple syrup) or a Voodoo Child (made with condensed milk and sweet cream).
47-29 Vernon Boulevard, Queens
Sweetleaf Coffee & Cocktail Bar
4615 Center Boulevard, Queens