Long Island City seems to be the next Williamsburg with numerous hotels and hip eateries opening up. Crescent Grill appears to be the “go to” restaurant in the neighborhood thanks to the rave reviews both in the press and via word of mouth. It’s a farm to table kind of place with co-own Shaun Dougherty overseeing the picking of the produce, some of which is picked up at the Jackson Heights Farmer’s Market. Brother and co-owner Dan Dougherty operates the Crescent Grill on a day-to-day basis, visiting at each table and asking if everything’s going well. He is an affable, hands-on owner and a friendlier and more concerned restaurateur you will not meet. It is only a four or five block walk from the N train at 39th Avenue in Long Island City but the restaurant will send a complimentary car anywhere in the neighboring area including the nearby subways if you do not want to walk—and you can even call the restaurant last minute when you get off the train! The Dougherty boys are knowledgeable on art and support local artists by selling and exhibiting their art at their gallery near the maître d’s podium in front; they even host events for local artists.
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The Crescent Grill is well worth venturing out of Manhattan for, and it took me 35 minutes door to door from my apartment in the East 70s (the walk from the N train 39th Avenue station took only six minutes)! I strongly suggest that you check out their $25 weekend brunch special (Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 4), if you want to test out this acclaimed eatery on the cheap. People are lining up for that every weekend! I will be going back here shortly to check it out myself!
38-40 Crescent Street
Queens, NY 11101