Category Archives: Eats

E&I DELI RE-OPENS WITH A NU LOOK

The 21st century prototypical bodega

The 21st century prototypical bodega

'Lemme get a chopped cheese and onion rings'

‘Lemme get a chopped cheese, onion rings, and extra ketchup’

EVERY morning I awake at the crack of noon to the worry of whether I will find something truly newsworthy to share with the well read citizens of LIC.  Frequently, like many renowned writers, I am forced to conjure something out of an idea: Melville had his whale, Hemingway a marlin, and Benchley a shark.  For The Editor it is a butterfly.

Because today the news gods are smiling on me, as I am happy to announce that E&I Deli on Vernon Boulevard has cast off its chrysalis and metamorphosed Continue reading

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MASSO RESTAURANT ON VERNON HAS CLOSED & IS FOR SALE

Big changes off Vernon too - look, we have a Technion!

Big changes off Vernon too – look, we have a Technion!

Thank goodness for retail store turnover, otherwise there would be zero local news of significance1.  Anyway, Masso Restaurant which has occupied a prime corner location on Vernon Blvd and 47th Rd. since 2005, seemed to have closed when I passed it recently.

After some considerable sleuthing I discovered that the restaurant is also Continue reading

  1. is a store closing significant?  No, but the promise of what’s coming next is []
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MORE CHANGES COMING TO VERNON BLVD & MORE TACOS

After being vacant for six years, a not-so-new tenant comes along

After being vacant for six years, a not-so-new tenant comes along

HUNTERS Point Dental will be moving to new and bigger offices at the base of One Vernon Jackson.  This prime new location, on Vernon Boulevard just south of Cafe Henri, has been vacant since the building’s construction in 2010.  Moreover, HP Dental’s previous home three storefronts north of Dorian’s Diner (49-13 Vernon Boulevard), will now be open to a new tenant for the first time in 32 years! Continue reading

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LEVANTE ON JACKSON AVE IS GETTING CLOSER AND TOBY’S ARRIVES

Dark Gray Sweater has dibs on that spot for the next decade

Dark gray sweater guy has dibs on that spot @ Toby’s Coffee for the next decade

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Backyard at Levante – envision it come Spring

The pizza oven has been installed, the bar has been constructed, the brick walls fully exposed, and the upper two stories gutted of floors and stripped to the beams to reveal striking 30′ plus ceilings.  Though there’s still a lot of work to be done, Levante at 26-21 Jackson Avenue hopes to open sometime in April.  We met with one of the partners, Tony D’Aiuto, and toured the bustling construction site this morning.

The first thing to note is that despite the prominently displayed pizza oven, Continue reading

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JANUARY ROOSTERS AND FEBRUARY DELIVERS

Who needs democracy when you have Bierocracy?

Who needs democracy when you have Bierocracy?

OH my, even with no snow there’s been a flurry of local news that’s come to pass in the last week.  To start, as always, is more residential real estate development.  There are five short articles on local slightly-off-the-radar projects – which basically means they’re under 30-stories:

6 flrs/94 units in Dutch Kills

A pair of 7-story buildings totaling 80 units in Dutch Kills

9 flrs/30 units in Queensboro Plaza

23 flrs/117 units in Queens Plaza South

15 flrs/99 units in Queensboro Plaza

While the total # of units of these five projects are fewer than say a single Rockrose tower, and while most of these projects are already accounted for in previous tallies of all the residences being added in LIC, these “infill” developments will hasten the lowering of rents in the neighborhood.  This is not solely because of the additional supply, which we’ve noted is not much in aggregate, but because of the diversity of offerings and the competitive market they’ll create – versus say the three-player oligopoly on Center Boulevard.  But who am I, the owner of a lean-to, to question the rationale of those with the ability to borrow 7-9 figure sums of OPM with zero recourse?

//UNLIKE the majority of Americans, or at least an electoral majority of them, I’m not a big fan of Mac & Cheese.  Despite attempts by many a renowned chef to doctor it up and pass it off as haute cuisine in the 21st century, my continental upbringing (aka semester abroad) inculcated me with DNA that has an aversion to pasta not served al dente, and dairy products whose Continue reading

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GREEK RESTAURANT COMING INTO SAN REMO PIZZA LOCATION

Where have all the condos gone?

Where have all the condos gone?

WE have received a tip from a reader that a Greek restaurant is coming into the San Remo Pizza location on Vernon Boulevard.  The source said she popped into the space out of curiosity because the door was opened during construction, and happened into the owner, a “lovely Greek man,” who shared this information.  Continue reading

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LONG ISLAND CITY 2017 RESTAURANT ROUND-UP

Waiting for the Mothership to land

Waiting for the Mothership to land

Opening a restaurant in NYC is a tough business, and the road to profitably is even tougher these days.  Maybe that’s why there was a paucity of notable restaurant openings and announcements in LIC in 2016.  In addition, there are a number of prominent restaurant spaces that remain vacant, most notably the city-facing corner location in the Hunters Point Commons building on Center Boulevard, the “Prime Retail Space” at the corner of 1 Vernon Jackson , and The Bread Box on 11th Street.  Thus this year we have decided to include any establishment that allows imbibing on premises in our round-up, because who needs food?

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JESSICA LANG STUDIO A NO-GO, CRABHOUSE TIP

Less bull, more buffalo in 2017

Less bull, more buffalo in 2017

THIS news is about two months old for any parent who signed up for a class, as for the rest of us it’s brand new: the Jessica Lang Dance Center that was supposed to open in LIC earlier this year, has been scrapped for it’s original location.  Per a note sent to parents on November 4:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have withdrawn our plans to locate at 5-39 46 th Avenue. We remain committed to our mission of opening the Jessica Lang Dance Center in Long Island City and hope to announce plans for an alternative site in the future”

Looks like all the hopeful ballerina’s, fly-girls, and other hoofers will have to find a new avocation …or location in 2017.

//CORRECTION and Update – we received a number of inbound missives Continue reading

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VERNON BOULEVARD: THE NEW LOOKS FOR 2017

 

Side-by-side deli's - what's better?

Side-by-side deli’s – what’s better?

San Remo No mo'

San Remo No mo’

8-year itch!

8-year itch!

 

Roadhouse for the LIC Bar?

Roadhouse for the LIC Bar?

Commerce never sleeps, and despite it being the holiday season there is no respite from change along Vernon Boulevard.  Four addresses along the heavily trafficked southern portion have seen new activity during the latter half of December.

First of all, the Butcher Deli installed a new facade, indicating that the Continue reading

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WELCOME TO THE PLAYBORHOOD – POKELICIOUS

All work and no play make Jack a...

All work and no play makes Jack a…

Playborhooda version of American kid life featured in shows like “The Little Rascals” and “Leave It to Beaver,” in which kids build forts and ride bikes outside, unsupervised

THUS describes the nirvana a very focused father in Silicon Valley tried to create for his kids and those of his neighbors, according to a lengthy profile on him in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.  It’s not unlike my description and desires that I have written about and advocated for in LIC since starting this website in 2012.  Whether it be requesting foresight in the planning of Hunters Point Park to visualize it all of half a decade ahead, describing LIC as a giant cul-de-sac, or cultivating free-range kids and selbstständigkeit (self-sufficiency).

Unlike the NYT article, which the father uses to proselytize about what should be, the purpose of this missive is to point out what already is: for all the reasons I mentioned in the previous paragraph’s links, Hunters Point is a playborhood. Now, all that’s needed is for it to be advertised, publicized, and written about as such.  Whether it be real estate brokers, residents, organizations (hello LIC Partnership), landlords, or politicians, it’s time for a major marketing initiative.  This is because playborhoods are nearly impossible to find in 2016 in the U.S., and it takes a herculean effort to actually create one in today’s screen-obsessed world. Thus, one more  reason to live in LIC.

//POKE: a raw fish salad, similar to a tartare or even ceviche, though typically less acidic

Ramen is sooo 2014.  Though it’s still delicious, I only have it delivered and wouldn’t be caught seen in a ramen joint or mention it in conversation.  Nor would anyone who wants to be like the Kardashians.

Nope, today’s hot culinary fad is poke, and Long Island City is about to get it’s first poke restaurant with the opening of PokeLICious. Continue reading

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