Category Archives: Eats

MU RAMEN OWNER TO TAKE ALOBAR & RENAME RAVENSWOOD TAVERN

The Smooklers are expanding their culinary empire by taking over the former Alobar space and renaming it Ravenswood Tavern according to Eater.  The menu will have more in common with the prior occupant than Mu Ramen, with chef Joshua Smookler creating Continue reading

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ODE TO WATER’S EDGE AND WHAT LIES AHEAD?

Oompa-Loompa's invade LIC

Oompa-Loompa’s invade LIC

SO, The New York Times released a hatchet job on Mayor de Blasio and his supposed tinkering on behalf of the Water’s Edge restaurant.  While I’m not overly interested in the he said/she said of it all, I did enjoy the follow-up article that delved into greater detail about the restaurant’s history, dating back to 1980. Equally intriguing from a historical culinary standpoint was the link to the NYT restaurant review by Bryan Miller in 1992, which like all the paper’s restaurant reviews back then were categorized under ‘Arts.’

As most readers already know, what does interest me in regards to the Water’s Edge, is the future of it.  Today’s NYT ode to the Water’s Edge reiterates in equally vague terms as I did last month that the “agency [EDC] will soon select the developer.”  Hopefully there will be no meddling from above and the one they select will be based on the objective criteria that best suits Long Island City.

//RESTAURANT news is aplenty, or maybe not as seen in the stories below.  Pulling one nugget, Continue reading

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‘JACKSON PARK’S 1800 RENTALS AVAILABLE THIS FALL – YOWZA!

Piatto - Wood Fired Pizza, in case of a blackout go here

Piatto – Wood Fired Pizza, looks like it’s coming soon to the waterfront

WELCOME to Stream-of-Consciousness Friday. The Wall Street Journal revealed that Tishman Speyer’s 3-tower project at the top of Jackson Avenue will be called ‘Jackson Park’ and begin leasing this fall, with initial occupancy before year-end.  Will the amenities galore including an outdoor pool and 1.6 acre private park be enough to fill the 1,800 units on glut-laden J.Ave? ->40 years ago this week was a big NYC blackout that I’m guessing fewer than 1/4 of our readers were around for, but those that were are probably familiar with the music of Talking Heads, whose members spent the down time Continue reading

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WAITING FOR J.LO

J.Lo's playground with Marcus' restaurant in back

J.Lo’s playground with Marcus’ restaurant in way back

 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness – Oscar Wilde

ALL of LIC is eagerly awaiting the arrival of J.Lo tonight.  Not only does it re-confirm our town as the center of the universe, but it’s also the start of the biggest weekend of the year here – not to mention the weekend in general.  In that manner, might “J.Lo” be a metaphor for life?

While Jennifer Lopez is a huge star and a consummate professional, that can’t necessarily be said for a select few in the Continue reading

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TOP CHEF’S ED COTTON OPENING RESTAURANT ON VERNON BOULEVARD

Poke is out, haircuts at Ledo are in

Poke is out, haircuts at Ledo are in

WE have heard from a pretty good source that Top Chef Season 7 runner-up Ed Cotton will be opening a restaurant in the former Masso space on Vernon Boulevard.  Cotton has worked under numerous famous chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Laurent Tourondel, and David Burke.  More importantly, Continue reading

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BLACK STAR BAKERY COMING TO HUNTERS POINT IN LIC

What happens in Wmsbg does not necessarily stay in Wmsbg

What happens in Wmsbg does not necessarily stay in Wmsbg

“Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?”  Homer S.

Black Star Bakery of Williamsburg will be opening a second location in the former space occupied by ‘Beans, Grapes, & Leaves’ on 50th Avenue between 5th and 2nd Streets (near Urban Market).  A quick call to the current location elicited Continue reading

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ARGENTINIAN RESTAURANT ‘R40′ COMING TO VERNON BLVD IN LIC

Ir a los bifes Che

Ir a los bifes, che

The build-out of Vernon Boulevard continues as an Argentinian restaurant called ‘R40′ is coming into the old Cassino space at #47-16 next to The Corner Bistro.  Needless to say I don’t expect this to be a spot for vegetarians or even pescaterians as Argentinian food is heavily skewed to grilled meats.  In fact even porkatarians might be disappointed as beef is the overwhelming staple of the people of the Pampas.

As for the name of the restaurant, Continue reading

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STARBUCKS IS COMING TO JACKSON AVENUE

Hey that looks crowded, why don't we put one there?

Hey things are burgeoning over there, why don’t we plop one down in the middle of it?

A Starbucks is coming to 26-14 Jackson Avenue, about one block north of the Citi Tower.  It will be the first free-standing Starbucks in Long Island City and nearby residents and workers will now have two baristas to choose from on the block, as it’s Continue reading

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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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