PLAN DATE: TUES / JULY 9
Blend not only blends different types of Latin cuisine, but it also blends the atmosphere of a classy lounge with a fun and relaxed cafe. Colorful art adorns the brick walls, and a mixture of booth and chair seating around white marble tables, complete with ambient lighting, gives this place a versatile feel so you’re at home whether you’re celebrating with dinner or simply killing a few rounds of cocktails. Among their cocktails, the frozen margarita, sangria, or a mixture of the two comes highly recommended. On the menu is everything from Ropa Vieja to empanadas of every kind to burgers and burritos. No one, not even vegetarians, will go hungry here.
Feed your mind next by bringing your date to the LIC Reading Series. This event is free thanks to support from the Queens Art Council and brings top authors from Queens and beyond to read their works live, as well as engage in a panel discussion. The talks are lively yet intellectually stimulating, bringing a wide-ranging crowd. The books themselves will be on sale at the event, so you can grab a copy if you get inspired. If you don’t, you can always get inspired by grabbing a drink—the event is held at the LIC Bar, a 100-year-old historic watering hole.
Long Island City
47-04 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City
idk tip: Portions are large, so plan to share!
LIC Reading Series
45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
idk tip: If you know you love the author, you can order a signed book ahead of time on their site.