Category Archives: Eats

NYTIMES DOES BIG PROFILE OF ‘LIC CORNER CAFE’ ON MURRAY PARK

Bypass the brown and orange down the street for a local experience

Bypass the brown and orange down the street for a local experience

WELL it’s not really a profile per se, but The New York Times did dig deep into the zeitgeist of the LIC Corner Cafe in it’s lengthy story ‘Keeping it Local’ about neighborhood-y joints.  In addition there are numerous pics of the cafe and engaging tidbits uncovered about it such as: Continue reading

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BREAD BOX CLOSES, THE GREEN STREET BECOMING KOREAN BBQ?

 

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Somethin’ shakin’ on The Green Street

 

“If you look at where the good food is in New York, it’s really in Manhattan and Queens, I’m sorry, other boroughs, I’m sorry.”

-Pete Wells, the restaurant critic for The New York Times, from a profile in the New Yorker last week

The Bread Box on 11th Street has closed.  According to a pic sent to us by LICtalk reader Jeremy Swillinger of Level Group, a sign in the window reads:

“Dear customers due to renovations the Bread Box will be closed.  Sorry for the inconvenience we will update you shortly”

Not sure what exactly to make of that, but as we reported a little over a year ago, the lot that it rests upon, as well as the adjacent service station, were put up for sale as a development site.

In other restaurant news, Continue reading

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SEPTEMBER BRINGS FISH N MEAT TO LIC

Oh look what came out of its shell

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster …in Long Island City

It was a quiet Labor Day weekend in town, though given the heavy police presence in the waterfront parks – probably in light of a recent incident -  one may have thought there was a J’Ouvert “celebration” occurring. That and construction noise/crews pouring concrete for the new pre-K center were the only stirrings.

September is now here, and we have a new fish market, a new deli/cafe coming to Court Square, the closing of the Beer Closet (again), a new bbq joint, and Continue reading

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21 NEW CONDOS GO ON SALE IN HUNTERS POINT

Working OT for the kids ...and for OT

Working OT for the kids …and for OT

The new condo building on 5th Street across from Cannelle Patisserie has just made it’s units available for purchase through Modern Spaces, according to the real estate website Curbed.  Called ‘The Monarch,’ it contains 1-3 bedroom apartments starting at $700,000.  A look at the building’s website indicates a 1,027 square foot 2-br unit for sale at $1.1 million.  From street level, the building appears sort of bland, but it does have three very important attributes: location, location, location.

//The Daily News has uncovered three heretofore unheralded eating establishments on/near Queens Plaza. Continue reading

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DREAM HOTEL IN LIC TO HAVE ‘SIGNATURE CHEF’

Dream On at The Baroness

Dreamin’ On at The Baroness

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

The New York Post has revealed some of the details of the Dream Hotel in LIC that we were the first to report on back in July of last year:

“The four-story, 254-room hotel will boast Continue reading

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FIRE! RAPE? & NEW RESTAURANTS

Surf n Turf

The new look of the Crabhouse Long Island City

Ali is gone, and so is the boxing memorabilia

Ali is gone, and so is the boxing memorabilia

Surf n Turf

Surf n Turf

In case you were wondering what all the smoke was coming from the northeast last night, it was a 5-alarm fire at a workshop on Queens Boulevard near the Sunnyside border which began around 7:30pm and quickly ravaged the building.  Over two hundred fire fighters were called to the conflagration, and two were seriously injured.

In case you were wondering about the police cars on the wooden promenade in Gantry Park yesterday, and the police tape cordoning off the platforms where the red chairs are, according to a post on a local Facebook site, a rape/attack allegedly occurred there Monday night around 10pm.  So far there has only been one witness who was the Facebook poster, and the victim has yet to come forward.  We tweeted out the actual post and the news of the police investigation on Tuesday, but unlike the fire above, there is nothing very tangible.  One LICtalk reader has suggested that it would be very helpful if a police sketch based on the witness’ description were circulated.

//NEW RESTAURANTS NOW AND COMING SOON DEPT: Continue reading

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CRABHOUSE RESTAURANT IN LONG ISLAND CITY READY TO RE-OPEN

Gotta get some crabs!

Keep on crabbing!

According to a commenter on LICtalk, the Crabhouse on Borden Avenue will hold a soft opening this Saturday.  Through back channels, we didn’t get a denial of the rumor, which is enough for our less-than-esteemed publication to run with.  From the look of the picture above, snapped today, it appears they’ve dropped the ‘Waterfront’ from the title and will call it the Crabhouse Restaurant.  While they’re also maintaining the ‘Established’ date as 1976, the interior has undergone a complete renovation, and my guess is the menu has as well under its new management by Skinny of Skinny’s Cantina.  Thus the only question that remains is, can you get soft-shell crabs at the soft opening?

//Bagels & Ice Cream – while we’re on the subject of local eateries, Continue reading

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JULY 4TH WEEKEND HAS ARRIVED IN LIC

Let the wild rumpus start!

Let the wild rumpus start!

As everyone in Long Island City knows, July 4th weekend officially begins with the delivery of Porta Potties to Gantry Park – because how can you have fireworks without Porta Potties?   They have arrived, so everyone but The Editor is now free to leave work.

Not that it’s really kept many from already departing, as LIC began getting quiet yesterday.  A trend that will continue throughout the weekend until it becomes downright eerie and Scooby-Doo-ville by Monday morning as all the cars are removed from the streets.

Then a crescendo begins to build in the afternoon, reaching its climax at 9pm July 4th evening.  If you want an idea of exactly what to expect on that day, here is last years coverage and pics.

//New Ice Cream Shop on Vernon is called ‘Something Sweet’ and will open Continue reading

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NEW ICE CREAM SHOP TO OPEN ON VERNON BOULEVARD

Leased!

Leased!

Or is it ‘shoppe?’  Either way, an ice cream themed venue is coming to the space previously occupied by Delta Force Army & Navy according to one of the workers onsite today.  Just this week construction began and the windows were Continue reading

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SPRING BRINGS FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD TO LIC

Double-fisting it at the Butcher Paper Dinners

Double-fisting it at the Butcher Paper Dinners

A handful of exciting eating options are now available in LIC this Spring.  Most pressing is the announcement of the Butcher Paper Dinners on the rooftop of Brooklyn Grange (LIC).  There are six of them spread out over various Sundays thru October, and they are as much an experience as a meal, though the food is excellent as well.

For those not looking to eat cooked food al fresco, a new Continue reading

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