Another get together with Dad Vivant’s family brought us back to Queens, but this time it was easier to meet at a middle point for all and we decided on Long Island City. We were lucky enough that the G was working fine and got to our destination after a 30 min ride from Brooklyn.
We haven’t been there in a long while and were amazed at how much this place has grown with futuristic looking blocks of apartments everywhere. We could also see that this place is no longer where some pioneers opened their restaurants hoping that their talent (and a couple of good reviews) would be enough to drive people to this industrial part of Queens. Now there are a lot of different options for food and drinks. As you can see it has been a looooooong while since we have been dining there.
As we were with two hungry kids in tow and not with the PS1 visiting crowd, we headed our way to Vernon Blvd. looking for a establishment that would offer food for the kids and an iced cold beer for the adults. And that it wouldn’t be crazy expensive, if possible.
We ended up accidentally bumping into Corner Bistro, whose West Village burgers Dad Vivant has been praising for the longest time. Given that they had made it to some of the Best Burgers in NY lists, this place was perfect for our needs.
We got in on a late morning/early afternoon and our party of six was quickly seated. The long bar to the right had a number of patrons enjoying a Saturday pint and there were some people enjoying their brunch and their burgers on the booths and tables to the left. The place is ample with an old pub vibe. There is some space in the front and an ample back room past the bar. They also have outdoor seating.
We obviously ordered a burger and were debating between the regular cheese burger or the famous Bistro Burger (the cheese burger with bacon) along with an iced cold beer. Dad Vivant’s family was healthier than we were and went for the grilled chicken sandwich. They do have a kids menu with a kid friendly sized version of their burger; grilled cheese sandwich; chicken tenders or scrambled egg sandwich. All of the kids menu options come with a side of French fries and a soft drink.
Of course the girls ordered a burger. The burgers were perfectly cooked, medium rare in our case, juicy and tasty, with lettuce, onion and tomato and pickles on the side. No wonder they make it to the list of the best burgers in NY. The only problem I could find is that they tend to be a mess by the end, but then I guess that is part of the allure of eating a burger.
The bathrooms are downstairs, behind a door past the booths. The ladies room has four stalls and no changing table but the vanity is long enough that it could probably be used to change a little one. The place is decently clean, but it could most definitely use a face lift. There is also one big unisex handicap-friendly restroom in the back room. It is ample but it doesn’t have any space to change a baby.
We really enjoyed this place, the food is outstanding, good pricing (difficult to come along these days in New York), it has outdoor seating and a happy hour. Plus it’s relatively close to public transportation and the Gantry Plaza State Park, that has a fun playground where the girls burnt the calories of those burgers. And one can always visit PS1 after a good meal (or go there for a pint in case the lines are too long).
Corner Bistro – Long Island City
47-18 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11101
Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 12:00am
Friday – Sunday: 11:30am – 2:00am