A new restaurant called Madame Jade is coming into the former Crabhouse site at 2-03 Borden Avenue in Long Island City. Or maybe it’s a new theme as the owners behind its two previous recent iterations – the Skinny’s Cantina crew – give something they term “Modern Asian” a go. According to the website and invitation (see below) this will be “a unique twist of delicious American fun fare with classic Asian fusion flavors” which will include General Tso’s Chicken and Waffles, Red Curry Skirt Steak Tacos, Korean Hot Chicken Sandwiches, Beef Bulgogi Bao Buns, and Tuna & Toro Rolls. Though the website refers to the cuisine as “contemporary Southeast Asian with a new age vibe” those latter three items seem more of a Far East nature – but who am I to say having received a C- in 6th grade geography. The culinary shift north and east might be a desire to differentiate itself from its counterpart at the other end of Center Boulevard – Shi.
A peek inside this week seems to indicate that there won’t be many alterations to the interior from the space’s previous stint as The Loft and the Crabhouse. The open, white, sleek feel continues in contrast to the whimsically cluttered look of the old Crabhouse. Also the chef, Lee Knoeppel, has worked in restaurants in NYC and the Hamptons including a stint with Tom Colicchio according to his profile. So like most restaurants it sounds like it will be a work-in-progress right up until opening day. Which is something you’ll be able to check out next Wednesday, August 1, when they hold a Grand Opening party offering a free drink! Check out the link below to sign up for the offer.
Madame Jade in LIC – check out the menu and other details
Chef Lee Knoeppel Profile – and pic
Grand Opening Invite for Madame Jade – August 1, register and get a free drink