Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill in Long Island City




Living in the south, summer was all about the three B’s: buddies, beer, and (the best) BBQ’s.  While I am neither a beer drinker or meat eater, I always looked forward to months spent outside grilling with family and friends on the back porch.

New Yorkers know this is pretty hard to come by in the city…outdoor space is limited, and even if you’re lucky enough to have a fire escape or terrace, there’s some pretty strict laws against grilling.  Something about fire codes, I think it was?

Enter Anable Basin.  This laid back, open air, prime real estate market somehow got lucky enough to be sprinkled with picnic tables and an outdoor grill.  How a high-rise building hasn’t taken the place over, I’ll never know, but for now, it’s the closest thing we New Yorkers have to our own summer BBQ, and I’m thankful for that.

The menu is simple, simple, simple.  We’re talking burgers, hotdogs, a house salad and corn-on-the-cob for the vegetarians…and of course, beer.  There’s no table service, so be prepared to stand in line when the place is crowded.  The music is great, the venue spacious, and can we just talk about that view?  The south may be home to a lot of things New York is not, but it’s pretty special to see that skyline first hand whenever you want…and now you can do it with a burger in hand.

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Do you have any summertime food traditions?  Share below!

WHERE: Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill
4-40 44 Drive
Long Island City, New York





Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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