The ‘Hood Guide: Long Island City with The Bellwether’s Matt McCormick

Long Island City is right across the river from Manhattan and what was once mostly warehouses and factories is now a buzzing neighborhood primed for hospitality. So we reached out to longtime LIC resident, Matt McCormick, for some recommendations for an ideal day of drinking in the ‘hood.

McCormick just opened the Bellwether in the area with Chef Preston Madson and we highly suggest the new thirsty approved restaurant and bar for pretty much any occasion; it is bright and airy and reflects the natural and sustainable concept of the space. And the food is BOMB diggity! Clearly, he knows his Long Island City hospitality stuff, so here are some of Matt’s picks as his ‘hood guide.

Matt McCormick - photo by Ethan Covey

Kick-Start Your Day

Takumen for matcha latte and pastries.


Lunching & Brunching

Neighborhood standby Casa Enrique for brunch and what I think are the best margaritas in the city. The team has been incredibly supportive of Bellwether since we opened, and we’re thrilled to have them as our neighbors.

Happy Hour / Sunset Drinks

The NYC Ferry! They have wine and beer on tap and it’s $2.75 a ride. It’s an amazing way to see the city – and, best of all, each boat is named by grade school children.

NYC Ferry: Credit Daniel Arnold for The New York Times

NYC Ferry: Credit Daniel Arnold for The New York Times

Essential Eats & Dinner Drinks

There are some really wonderful restaurants in the neighborhood, but I’d still say Bellwether. Chef/partner Preston Madson is cooking some of the city’s best New American cuisine.

Crafty Cocktail Strolling

Dutch Kills, of course!

Dutch Kills

Late Night

My house! I have young kids at home, so midnight snacks are my definition of late night.

Bellwether details

47-25 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, 718.392.3257, @bellwethernyc

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