Four Restaurants in LIC with Manhattan Skyline Views

Summer is in full swing, which means LIC's restaurant scene is buzzing with delicious food, great cocktails and even better views. Check out some of my favorite water front restaurants and make those date night reservations!

 1. Maiella

An elegantly decorated restaurant with a jaw-dropping city view;  Maiella is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine.  The restaurant goes out of its way to create a warm a friendly vibe.   Waiters pride themselves on asking questions about personal preferences and then offering recommendations on what to order (usually from their extensive Special menu which changes daily)! Situated behind the seminal Pepsi-Cola sign of the Gantry State Plaza Park, Maiella is a special evening you won't forget.

2. Blend on the Water

10 foot glass windows showcase the panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline while diners enjoy Latin fusion cuisine.  DJ Camillos second Blend Restaurant (the original is located a few blocks away on Vernon Blvd and 47th Avenue) frequently has lines out the door, especially on weekends.   Not only does the restaurant offer dinner, but on weekends they feature a “blunch” from 11 am to 3.30 pm which is too delicious to be missed.

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3. SHI

A gorgeous Pan-Asian restaurant with beautiful and trendy décor; Shi offers a full view of the LIC skyline from indoor or outdoor seating.  You can try specialty dishes from a multitude of Asian cuisines including; Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese.  Shi not only is a restaurant but boasts a full bar and cute lounge area by the entry.  They have excellent drinks, including their very popular Lychee Martini.  


4. Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill

This simple cash only waterfront restaurant is situated right on the edge of the East River.  They specialize in a broad range of grilled foods from Brazil, Balkan, Germany and Poland and offer a small selection of craft beers, specialty cocktails and wines to enjoy while you dine.