Local news has taken a backseat worldwide during the pandemic, as the mundanity of everyday life seems trivial.. Being locked down doesn’t help on that front. Restaurant news has been even more scarce: few new restaurants are opening, buildouts have halted, and reviews are basically on lockdown too. So I understand the need for food writers (and sports and travel writers too) to stretch to create content.
But it pains me to read one of my favorite food sleuths refer to the mushrooming food truck invasion on Center Boulevard as “a bewildering array of culinary treasures.” Sure Robert Sietsema of Eater gets it right by honing in on Chinelos Birria Tacos, but he probably should have left it at that. After a lengthy mostly favorable review, he tacks on an approving nod to Abuela’s Empanada’s and declares another cart’s rice bowl “a layered meal with diverse international elements” and reasonably priced to boot.
Sandwiched between Chinelo’s and Abuela’s, the stretch begins as he takes the bait of not-so-newfangled hot dogs, and then concludes the article with a laundry list of items for next time, none of which comes across as overly exciting to even the least jaded NY’er. Which regrettably is a better way to summarize the culinary scene down by the water in LIC.
Touring Long Island City’s Expanding Food Truck Frontier – expanding yes, frontier?
LIC Gets A New Rooftop Restaurant – Greek comes to the Ravel Hotel
Guests At LIC Hotel And Pool Lounge Must Take Mandatory $35 Covid-19 Test Before Entering – at least it’ll keep the hordes away
Popular LA Sandwich Shop Slides Into LIC Cocktail Bar Dutch Kills – enjoy every sandwich, now more than ever
$2 Billion Mixed Use Development Bloc Along LIC Border Reveals Its Plans – a massive site we highlighted 18 months ago could bring 2700 apartments to a no-mans land currently
LaGuardia Community College Names New President – just call me Prez