PLAN DATE: MON / FEB. 18
It’s like a second Sunday (for those of you lucky ones with President’s Day off), so spend some time in Long Island City for a chill date with some serious flavor. For dinner, hit up the year-old Ecuadorian spot Rincon Melania. Bright, airy and modern, this New York Times Critic’s Pick is serving a wide range of a traditional dishes from the land and sea, including Ecuador’s national dish, encebollado (a hearty stew with fresh tuna, yucca, and topped with pickled red onions). You can order a main for yourself, but we recommend getting a few items to sharing. Don’t miss the Pulpo a la Parilla (grilled octopus), or go big with the house special, Bandeja de Melania (grilled steak, chicharrón, served with white rice, sweet plantain, one fried egg, red kidney beans).
After dinner, digest over some coffee and dessert at Caffé Bene—a short walk from Rincon Melania. This South Korean chain is a cozy book-lined place, where you’ll find folks working on computers amongst friends catching up. From macarons and waffles to pastries and ice cream, you can take your pick to fill your sweet tooth craving. These treats are just as eye-catching as they are decadent. You and your ‘gram will love the banana walnut honey bread topped with vanilla gelato, green tea tower ice parfait, and the mango-berry mojito.
Long Island City
Dinner, Dessert, Coffee
35-19 Queens Boulevard, Queens
idktip: Go for something different and order a frothy fruit shake, with unique flavors like tree tomato and soursop, along with blackberry, passionfruit, and strawberry.
41-31 Queens Boulevard, Queens
idk tip: Customize your own honey bread or waffle with sauce, toppings, and ice cream of your choice.