I was pretty bummed when Danielle announced she and Seth would be moving and no longer living (LITERALLY) five feet from my front door. Bummed is an understatement, actually. So just a few weeks after moving into their new Long Island City home, Albert and I decided to pay them a visit. I had never been to LIC and kinda turned my nose up at it. I haven’t heard anything about restaurants in the neighborhood and only knew it as a place to pass through on my way to the airport. So, basically, when we went to visit, I discovered a whole new world, Aladdin style.
First of all, LIC is soooo close. It was exactly 1 subway stop from our apartment. And why is no one talking about all the adorable bars and restaurants there?! I saw one after another after another. What I didn’t see were boutiques, which means there is a major business opportunity there, but I digress…
Danielle and Seth had been wanting to try one of those adorable restaurants so we headed to LIC Market for some brunch. I was hooked when I got there and realized they had grapefruit mimosas. Pshh regular mimosas are so boring. I sipped on my better, $6 mimosa in a cute garden area – perfect for a spring or fall day. Most entrees have some sort of tex mex or latin ingredient: black beans, pulled pork, chorizo, rice in the frittata – it’s not overkill, though. I ordered stirred eggs, which had been baked in a skillet with lentils and zucchini. It was sort of a lentil version of shakshuka – very filling. Across the the table there was also a brisket sandwich, pulled pork and eggs, and a dirty rice frittata. Everyone seemed to find their meals enjoyable and served at a much better price point than in Manhattan.
And so begins my crush on LIC.