Yay! A lounge has finally opened up in the Long Island City area (on Vernon Blvd at 47th). Have been a couple of times, to check out the vibe, the drinks, and of course the food.
Vibe is nice.. laid back, kitsch-free 70s feel, with couches and booths. There's also a back patio, which, although too dark on opening night, will definitely prove to be a place I'll be spending some nights on this summer.
Drink prices are reasonable, if not especially cheap (a pint of Brooklyner Weisse is $4.50 ... some pints are $4, others $5). House wines I believe are $4.50. First time I visited, they hadn't obtained a license to sell hard liquor, but that's been taken care of now.
The food at Lounge 47 has been the really nice surprise. Menu isn't too ambitious, but everything we've tried has been good to excellent. Standout appetizer thus far has been the wasabi devilled eggs ($3). As for mains, the lamb sandwich with grilled peppers ($8.50) was quite good.I had a bit of trouble tasting the lamb through the smokiness of the grilled meat and peppers, but my dining buddy disagreed. I ordered a good ol' burger n' fries ($7) with chipotle mayo, ordering the fries well-done and the burger rare. Happy to say it was one of the few times I've actually gotten a burger rare after ordering it that way. Fries are cut in a thin french-style, and were way better than I would've expected.
Obviously, the place isn't breaking any new ground, but for us folks who live in the area, it's a nice new place to grab a drink at, or hop out for a quick bite when we dont' feel like cooking.