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.
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.
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.