Get Cozy in Long Island City with Modern Italian Fare and Drinks at a Beautiful French Cafe
Be classic. Be bold. That's the motto for tonight's date night in Long Island City. Start with dinner at Oro—a locale from father-son team Walter and Mike Celic that's serving up seasonal Italian flavors with a modern twist. The lobster ravioli comes highly recommended. With sprawling floor-to-ceiling windows and Edison bulb sputniks that lend a romanticly warm light to the space, Oro is a chic spot you'll want to be eating at (and frequenting) with your love.
Afterward, head over to The Beast Next Door, a French cafe and bar that is just a short walk away. Housed in a space that formerly played host to a well-known Latin dance studio and auto repair shop, you'll be enjoying your drinks in a hand-crafted interior. Think tables reconstructed from 1940s metal-framed pallets and church pews refurbished to fit along an original brick wall—there's even a beautiful sculpted wood-block mural featuring an elegant Ottoman flower design. You can't go wrong with any of their cocktails, so rest assured you'll be getting a great drink, no matter what you choose. Cuddle up and settle down under the moon/starlight, courtesy of the skylight, while you drink in the vibe, the cocktails, and of course, each other.
41-17 Crescent Street, Queens
The Beast Next Door
42-51 27th Street, Queens