Category Archives: Eats

Mina’s Restaurant is Moving Into MoMA PS1 in LIC

Mina’s and MoMA’s and Mu’s – still plenty of M”s

Spring training started this week, yet the gloom of winter still casts its pall on Long Island City with nary a bulb peeping and local news in deep hibernation.  Sure, I could do a post-mortem on HQ2, but why?  It’s time to move on and with that we’re happy (sad) to share that M. Wells Dinette will be leaving MoMA PS1 at month’s end and Continue reading

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LONG ISLAND CITY 2019 RESTAURANT ROUND-UP

Going down the ruta and feelin’ bad

Goin’ where the chilly winds don’t blow
Goin’ where the chilly winds don’t blow
Goin’ where those chilly winds don’t blow
I don’t want to be treated this away

IF ever I give consideration to opening a restaurant in LIC/NYC, I need but utter three words to myself and the inspiration will instantly dissipate: Mothership Meat Company.  The lengthy timetable for getting this restaurant open in Dutch Kills is enough to crush any prospect of a decent IRR, not to mention a BBQ-lover’s soul.

Thus, I have decided to list all three returnees from last year in the Coming Soon category as opposed to the “Not-So-Soon” category in the hopes that their dreams, and ours, will be realized.

Despite Amazon’s not-so-imminent arrival and the bounty of retail space being created at the ground level of the many towers going up, there have been surprisingly Continue reading

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NY TIMES GIVES TWO STARS TO NEW LONG ISLAND CITY RESTAURANT

Home for the holidays

Home for the holidays – LIC-style

PETE Wells, the restaurant critic for The New York Times, has anointed Continue reading

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH RETAIL IN LONG ISLAND CITY?

Of course then there's...

Of course then there’s…

And if you say to me tomorrow,
Oh what fun it all would be
Then what’s to stop us, pretty baby,
But what is and what should never be

Given all the empty storefronts, anyone walking along Vernon Boulevard might wonder how Long Island City is the fastest growing city in the nation.  Of course excessive retail vacancies abound through many stretches of Manhattan as well, and “retailing” as a concept is under siege nationwide due to Amazon.

One of the problems lies with the entrepreneurs who start these businesses. Continue reading

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WHAT’S UP WITH ‘THE SANDWICH KING’ IN LONG ISLAND CITY?

"I could really use a sandwich, woof"

“I could really use a sandwich, woof”

Excellent question sir and one that’s been eating at me all summer.  Originally scheduled to open by early May according to owner Nick Giovanniello, the storefront has sat undisturbed since.  Recently though, Continue reading

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CORNER BISTRO 2.0

All this and the Stones in the background

All this and the Stones in the background

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

Unlike directly across the East River, nothing really newsworthy occurred in Long Island City this week and I was pretty much resigned to publishing a single post with a photo and links to others tepid news.  Then I passed the Corner Bistro, and like Wimpy I couldn’t resist popping my head in for a burger, as it’s always been a magnet for me time immemorial.  Lo and behold what did I find – the classic joint had undergone a renovation.

Furthermore signs announcing “Corner Bistro Reboot” indicated a revamped menu would commence on October 1.  So I spoke with Elizabeth McGrath, daughter of the owners of the original Corner Bistro on West 4th Street, Bill & Lorraine O’Donnell.  She told me that in addition to the traditional and current hamburger-centric offering, the LIC location would Continue reading

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FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD IN LONG ISLAND CITY

mm-meow

mm-mmeow

What timing, it’s Yom Kippur!

Food, glorious food!
We’re anxious to try it
Three banquets a day —
Our favourite diet!

In our last post we shared the news about the opening of Adda, an Indian restaurant, near LaGuardia College. Today NY Magazine conjectures that Adda could be the most exciting new Indian restaurant in NYC.

The 2018 Vendy Awards is next week, and the WSJ profiles one of the finalists Burmese Bites which serves their fare at Continue reading

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NEW INDIAN RESTAURANT ‘ADDA’ COMES TO LONG ISLAND CITY

fka The Dream Hotel, nka ?

fka The Dream Hotel, nka ?

A new Indian restaurant named Adda has opened in Long Island City according to Eater.  Located at 31-31 Thomson Ave across from LaGuardia College, it is owned and operated by some of the same people who ran the previous restaurant, Unicos Tacos, at the same site.  Despite that establishment’s brief tenure, this less-eclectic concept looks promising Continue reading

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THE SHANNON POT BAR N GRILL MOVING TO 11TH ST.

Future home of The Shannon Pot

Future home of The Shannon Pot

THE Shannon Pot will be relocating once again, this time going into a former coffee shop located on the southwest corner of Continue reading

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