Last month LICtalk published our annual Long Island City Restaurant Round-Up. Today we are going to feature a derivative of that concept and add a twist by asking you our readers to participate.
What we’d like to know is which singular menu items in LIC restaurants and food establishments are outstanding? Despite the title of this post, which was scripted using AI solely to attract eyeballs, this is actually not a ‘Best of’ compilation. Raving about the burger at say, Corner Bistro, is no revelation to anyone. Similarly touting the dumplings at Yumpling. Nor is it a broad shout-out to specific establishments, such as 51st Bakery, where one might love everything that emanates from Faye Hess’ kitchen. I’m looking for both under-the-radar and unorthodox menu selections. Maybe the whole place is kinda mediocre, but one thing in particular is great. Or maybe an eatery that specializes in one cuisine but unexpectedly has a hidden gem, like the Kale and Quinoa Bowl at McDonald’s.1
To get the ball rolling I’ll mention two that I think are worthy of highlighting: the Turkey Chili at Bricktown Bagel and the Portobello Mushroom Burger at Communitea. Now it’s up to you LIC to share the insider knowledge and spread the word. Please leave your local menu recommendations in the comments below, the quirkier the better.
//WHILE we’re on the topic of food, I’ll stretch my purview beyond LIC by referencing our newly opened hot pot restaurant mentioned in the lengthy ode below, to act as restaurant critic. Or maybe it’s restaurant observer. Anyway I once ate hot pot in Flushing (come for the boil, stay for the show), and given the recent proliferation of new hot pot establishments I’m curious to see if this new Asian culinary blossoming has the staying power of ramen or the ephemeralty of poke. Judge for yourself foodies by reading the 8,000 word dissertation below, after which you will be granted an honorary PhD in hot pot.
Ex-Basketball Convicted For One-Punch Slaying in LIC – but could get as little as a year
Macy’s Moving Corporate Headquarters To LIC From Manhattan – the JACX tower in Queens Plaza
NYC’s Hot Pot Boom Is Here – read about the riveting battle between Chongqing and Chengdu
R40 Brings Argentinian ‘Parrilla’ to LIC – from the owners of Madera across the street
Rockrose Buys Former Taxi Lot in Court Square – will put up 220-unit rental building, woo-hoo!
- just an example of contrast, fictional at that, not an endorsement [↩]
Anonymous saysFebruary 7, 2020 at 10:43 pm
Lamb burger with truffle fries – Woodbine’s
Chicken in Mole – casa Enrique
Spicy Goma Miso – Takumem
Anonymous saysFebruary 8, 2020 at 6:02 pm
Meatballs in chipotle tomato sauce – Casa Enrique
MB saysFebruary 10, 2020 at 1:10 pm
Philly Cheese Steak and Fries….E & I.
Jojo saysFebruary 10, 2020 at 1:25 pm
The Banh mi at Cyclo.
The chicken rice at Tuk Tuk.
Anonymous saysFebruary 11, 2020 at 12:54 pm
Sopecitos at Casa Enrique
Ripley saysFebruary 11, 2020 at 1:05 pm
Believe it or not, the chicken noodle soup at Pops Deli
JayyyLIC saysFebruary 12, 2020 at 12:18 pm
Chicken Wings – Takumen
Duck breast with celery puree and honey sauce – Tournesol
Anonymous saysFebruary 12, 2020 at 12:59 pm
Takumen potato salad
Cyclo Bahn Mi
Mu Ramen Okonomiyaki
Anon saysFebruary 12, 2020 at 2:29 pm
Eggplant Mezzemanighe at Bella Via
BSD saysFebruary 13, 2020 at 12:34 pm
Steamed Chicken with Chili Sauce @ Chairman Sun
Tortellini Gorgonzola @ Manducatis Rustica
Kara Miso Ramen @ Tamashii
Erik saysFebruary 13, 2020 at 11:08 pm
Yellowtail collar at Sapps
Goat Brains at Adda
Chicken Liver pate at LIC Market
Anonymous saysFebruary 14, 2020 at 1:49 am
Pile of coal – Amazon site
Anonymous saysFebruary 15, 2020 at 12:06 pm
Spicy Goma Miso Ramen @ Takumen
Champon Ramen @ Tamashii Blue
Irish Breakfast @ Woodbines
Haemul Chulpan @ Nulook Deli
Anonymous saysFebruary 16, 2020 at 4:34 pm
Patty Melt from Bellwether
Fried Chicken Bucket from Sweet Chick
Green Curry from Tuk Tuk
Prime Rib from Blvd Wine Bar (Tuesdays only)
Heather saysFebruary 19, 2020 at 12:14 pm
quatro formagi w/ red sauce pizza at Bella Via
massaman curry from tuk tuk
fajitas from skinnys
ANYTHING from communitea
fettuccini maiella from maiella
Anonymous saysFebruary 22, 2020 at 12:16 pm
Favorite under-the-radar dishes:
1. Kamo Salad (roasted duck slices) at Hibino
2. Tiradito (peruvian spiced grouper sashimi) at Jora
3. New York Strip at Jora
4. Boat Noodles at Tuk Tuk
5. Chicken Pho at Cyclo
6. Happy Hour wings (good, insanely cheap) at Dominie’s Hoek
7. Grilled Cheese Tartine at Domaine bar a vins
8. Gnocchi Della Casa at Manetta’s
In general, the happy hours at Jora, Dominie’s and Domaine are all insanely good values.
Anonymous saysFebruary 22, 2020 at 12:31 pm
I forgot to list the Dan Dan noodles at Hupo and the “Everybody’s Favorite – Bantam Bagel” 2-pack at Starbucks.