Party Your Ass Off at MoMA PS1 Every Saturday This Summer: Here’s Where to Get Your Eat on Afterwards

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MoMA PS1 kicked off its annual Warm Up summer concert series on Saturday, a weekly showcase of DJs, bands, and producers that’s been bringing partiers from all five boroughs to the Long Island City museum’s courtyard for the past 18 years. Anyone who lives in New York should hit the outdoor shindig, taking place every Saturday from 3 to 9 PM until September 5, at least once a summer. No matter what time you show up and how much you drink, you’ll need some post-Warm Up eats. Here are restaurants near MoMA PS1, offering everything from brownie sundaes to steamy bowls of ramen, to soak up the day’s sun and alcohol. Plus, check out the Warm Up full line-up here.

Court Square DinerIf you’ve ever been to MoMA PS1, you’ve seen Court Square Diner. It’s the neon-lit, retro diner across the street from the museum that is the epitome of a classic American diner. Open 24/7, it has everything you could possible crave after six hours at an outdoor concert: perfectly golden-brown french fries, brownie sundaes, stacked burgers with onion rings. Come to think of it, the only reason you wouldn’t go here after Warm Up is because the wait is too damn long. (45-30 23rd St., Long Island City)
Distance from MoMA PS1: One-minute walk

Mu RamenDon’t let summer humidity shy you away from a big bowl of hot ramen — it’s cross-culturally acknowledged to be one of the best drunk foods out there. Plus, you should absolutely take advantage of being in LIC to hit one of the hottest slurp shops in this ramen-crazed city: Mu Ramen. Pete Wells designated the spot his favorite ramen shop in New York, and if the crowds that line up for the first-come, first-served seating are any indication, this place rocks. Sit at the counter and get a Japanese craft beer, start with some scallion-like pancakes, then slurp through a creamy bowl of tonkotsu. (12-09 Jackson Ave, Long Island City)
Distance from MoMA PS1: Four-minute walk 

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Photo: Mu Ramen

Corner BistroSometimes all you need is a burger. One that you can trust will taste as good as it did the last time you had it, and not in a dependable, fast-food-always-does-the-trick kind of way. Enter Corner Bistro’s Long Island City outpost. The iconic Greenwich Village burger spot has been bringing its mouthwatering bacon and cheese Bistro Burger to the outer boroughs for the past three years. With a side of fries and a cold glass of McSorley’s Ale, you’ve got yourself a second wind. (47-18 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City)
Distance from MoMA PS 1: 8-minute walk

Casa EnriquePeople who know the Long Island City restaurant scene know Casa Enrique. Some New Yorkers say it’s the best Mexican food in the city, and they’ll point to its Michelin star as proof. It’s casual enough for a mature post-Warm Up dinner, but know it’s less bottomless chips and margs and more $10 guacamole. You go to Casa Enrique if you want quality over quantity. (5-48 49th Ave., Long Island City)
Distance from MoMA PS1: 10-minute walk

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Photo: Casa Enrique

Tuk TukYou know when you’re looking for a place to eat, and one of your friends announces that they could “do Asian”? This is where you go. Tuk Tuk has a standard menu of Thai dishes, and a few adventurous specialities for those who venture beyond pad thai. Spicy coconut curries, noodle soups, and stir fries come in family-style portions. The relaxed atmosphere, quick service, and modest bill have a tendency to draw the Warm Up crowd. (49-06 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City)
Distance from MoMA PS 1: 9-minute walk 

The Creek and The CaveIf you’re looking to transition the dartying to night, the Creek and the Cave is a good place to start. The California-style Mexican restaurant hosts nightly comedy shows on its small stage, which has seen total first-timers take on an open mic to professional stand-up comedians. But don’t think its function as an entertainment venue means its food is sub-par. Au contraire. Its menu is full of hearty burritos, pub-style burgers, nachos, and vegan enchiladas. Come for the quesadillas, stay for the laughs. (10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City)
Distance from MoMA PS1: 6-minute walk

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