Category Archives: Eats

CRABHOUSE LIC MOLTS & IS NOW ‘THE LOFT’ W/ A LATIN MENU

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Sin cangrejo

There’s a new restaurant in Hunters Point that suddenly appeared out of nowhere.  Sort of.  Like many a start-up, the Crabhouse LIC on Borden Avenue has pivoted and is now called The Loft LIC.  The transformation occurred New Years Eve according to an employee who answered the phone today at the restaurant, he also shared that the ownership remains the  same: Skinny of Skinny’s Cantina etc.  For those unfamiliar with the history, the Crabhouse was only revamped and re-opened in July 2016 after closing down in early 2015 after 3+ decades when the original owner passed away.

Though there is no new website, a reader described the cuisine/menu Continue reading

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DesiBowl TO BRING INDIAN-MEXICAN CUISINE TO LONG ISLAND CITY

It looks like nothing now, but soon a cornucopia of culinary delights

It looks like nothing now, but soon a cornucopia of culinary delights

A new restaurant serving Indian-Mexican fusion cuisine expects to open on Vernon Boulevard by the end of January.  Named DesiBowl, it will be located in the space formerly occupied by the Paris Health Cafe next to St. Mary’s Church.  The owner is Sabiha, who is currently a manager at OptimEyes Vision in LIC, and she told us to envision an Indian-style Chipotle, with burritos, tacos, rice bowls, paratha rolls, and Indian sandwiches, whereby the consumer chooses the rice, meat, toppings, etc.  The restaurant will be spice-friendly as well as have a kid-friendly menu.  This will be Sabiha’s first time opening her own restaurant, though her family owns ten pizzerias in the city.

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BELLWETHER RESTAURANT COMING TO LONG ISLAND CITY

The LES comes to LIC

The LES comes to LIC

According to a Facebook from Jessica Little McCormick who seems to be the owner, a new restaurant called Bellwether is coming to Long Island City. Jessica mentions that she and her husband have lived in LIC since 2009, have a 1.5 year old daughter and a son in the oven (I had to).  They have teamed up with Continue reading

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THE TURKEY COMETH, BUT FIRST A LITTLE BBQ FOR LIC

I'm flying, i'm flying

Yes, turkeys can fly

NOT one but two regional articles from BBQ meccas came out this past weekend lauding our local pit-masters.  The first from Kansas City’s daily paper, highlights John Brown’s Smokehouse and how it’s become a home away from home for Chiefs fans on Sundays.  It mentions how local LIC resident Tony Richardson, who spent about a decade of his NFL career in KC, is regularly behind the bar or in front of it on game days, and even convinced Dante Hall to stop by.  The second Continue reading

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FOOD NEWS, REAL ESTATE PORN, & NO 7-TRAIN

Oh Autumn, we miss you dearly

Oh Autumn, we miss you dearly

Flash – THERE WILL BE NO 7-TRAIN SERVICE FROM LIC TO MANHATTAN THIS WEEKEND OR NEXT - per tipster & MTA website

We’re going to squeeze the lemon and try to get a post’s worth of LIC information for you during a slow news week where all the local stories were broken or created by the citywide press.  Though I promise not to do a wholesale regurgitation of one of those stories, I will start with food.  The New York Times gives a big smooch to the Court Square Diner in its Neighborhood Joint column.  In summary, it dwells on the camaraderie not the cuisine.  Oh wait, The Court Square Blog, one of LIC’s finest publications (there are two in that category), did announce that a Sweetleaf is coming to Tishman Speyer’s massive residential project in Queens Plaza. Oh wait, here’s another local food tidbit as broken by moi, thanks to a tipster: The Howard Stern show had a staff outing at Maiella late last month, and raved about the Continue reading

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SHAKE SHACK COMING TO HUNTERS POINT SOUTH?

Future home of Shake Shack ...oh and 2,000 new residents

Future home of Shake Shack …oh and 2,000 new residents

Well maybe, but that’s not the real story.  Instead, the LIC Post is reporting that a complete redesign of Hunters Point South’s Parcel C was unveiled last night at a Community Board 2 Land Use meeting.  Most significantly, the towers will now rise to 55 and 44 stories from a previous 41 and 35 stories in the original plan shared in 2013.  The other significant design change from that plan, is that the structure will no longer run uninterrupted along Center Boulevard, which effectively made it one mammoth building with two peaks.  Instead it will be broken up with a Center Boulevard (and Oval and Manhattan) facing open area filled with greenery, art installations, and a food pavilion.  It’s in that pavilion that one of the presenters last night threw out the name Shake Shack Continue reading

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PIATTO WOOD FIRE PIZZA TO OPEN OCTOBER 23 IN LIC

Wood + Fire + Pizza = Piatto LIC

Wood + Fire + Pizza = Piatto LIC

MAN has been cooking with wood for over a million years.  Beginning next week the people of Long Island City will be able to get pizza cooked on wood for the very first time when Piatto LIC opens on October 23.  That’s right, pizza cooked on wood!  In LIC!!  Alla-buon’ora!  In addition the dinner menu includes items such as charred octopus, fire-roasted prawns, Continue reading

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VERNON GRILLE TO OPEN OCTOBER 11

A whole lotta kabobing going on this Fall, or is it kebabing?

Astoria comes to LIC!

EPHARISTO, epharisto, epharisto, Vernon Grille in Hunters Point will open on October 11 according to its owner.  A look Continue reading

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FALL RESTAURANT UPDATES IN LONG ISLAND CITY

You say kabab, I say kabob, some say kebab, but none say kebob

You say kabab, I say kabob, some say kebab, but none say kebob

Upon reading in The Court Square Blog that yet another artisanal pizza restaurant named Luzzo’s will be opening in Court Square not too far away from the newly opened Levante’s – whose owners were at one time in partnership with those of Luzzo’s, I pondered ‘What non-pizza restaurants are on the horizon locally?’ Continue reading

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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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