L. E. Travel Tips: LIC Market in Long Island City

Those that live in Long Island City (LIC) and those that visit it regularly know all about LIC Market. This small spot which serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a neighborhood favorite. If you've never been to LIC Market, it is well worth the unexpectedly easy trip from Manhattan.

I visited LIC Market for lunch this week for the first time and I couldn't have been more impressed. I ended up sitting at the bar near the front entrance. There also is a small room in the back which opens to a small outdoor patio. The bar area at the front of the house seats about a dozen.

Seating pposite the bar

Daily specials listed on the black board, desserts tempt below.

In the hour plus I was there, it seemed a new customer came in the restaurant every minute or two. Every single person that walked through the door received a welcoming hello from at least one of the staff members. Many of the customers were getting lunch to-go. Amazingly, the bar manager knew at least half of those who entered by first name. This is a place that is loved by those in the neighborhood and for good reason. A sizable majority of those who ordered food to-go knew what they wanted without looking at the menu or the specials on the blackboard. It seemed all of these repeat customers had their favorite dishes.

I got the Garganelli with roasted duck and bitter greens which was surprisingly light for a pasta dish. All the ingredients were fresh and perfect for spring. Seasonality and ingredients are obviously a point of focus here. The bartender paired the dish perfectly with a nice rosé. 

Garganelli with roasted duck and bitter greens

A chocolate chip cookie for dessert

If you find yourself in LIC, please give LIC Market a try. Or better yet, simply make the trip just to experience the New American cuisine produced by chef-owner Alex Schindler's kitchen. You won't be disappointed. It is also very close to MoMA PS1, so a perfect pairing for a nice weekend afternoon.