47-18 Vernon Blvd
City: Queens, NY
Phone: (718) 606-6500
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: Sandwiches
Area: Long Island City
Burger fans, rejoice – Corner Bistro has come to Long Island City with a bigger menu and shorter lines!
The new restaurant is similar to the original, but not exactly the same. The place has the same, relaxed, pub feel but is much more of an actual restaurant, with booths, real plates and silverware, and an expanded menu. That means brunch, a credit card machine, and the knowledge that you can come get a burger without waiting until your next birthday. But do the burgers measure up to the original?
The burger here is just as huge, as juicy, and as backyard-grill good. After all, this branch uses the same grill that they do in the West Village – they just use one that is twice as large so the burgers come out fast and furious. It’s the kind of burger that you dream in the winter, the one that reminds you of summer cook outs. Order it blanketed in velvety American cheese, and enjoy it with the requisite onions, tomatoes, lettuce and pickles.
Be sure to order some wings off of the expanded menu. Big, meaty drumsticks and wings that are so juicy and substantial that they really serve as a meal. They are crispy on the outside, dunked in a thick, smoky sauce that is sweet and spicy without being too fiery or too cloying.
Sure, you can get the standard crispy shoestring fries here, but why not go for the sweeter side of things. These are fresh-cut and it tastes that way – they lack the dull, almost musty taste of frozen sweet potato fries. If you like sweet potato fries, these might be your new gold standard.
Corner Bistro, LIC branch, itself is pretty gold standard. The service is excellent, the prices are just as cheap as the Manhattan ones, and the food is phenomenal. There is just no better place to relax and watch a sports game with a beer and a burger.
Review By: Sarah Spigelman