We recently went to LIC Market, a seasonal restaurant located in Long Island City. It was right after the first day of open studio event in Jodi's building where she showed some amazing work. I really like this place, not only because of the delicious food, but also because it has this neighborhood feel: yes, the kind of place you would want near you. With its rustic decor and a covered patio in the back, LIC Market prints its menu on a daily basis, offering a large number of dishes that are perfect for sharing. In fact, this is what we did when we were there with Jodi and my nephew Valentin: we shared a bunch of dishes that were great. Here is what we had:
As it was before the end of their happy hour, I went for one of their beers, a Jack's Abby Hoponious Union Hoppy that was crisp and fruity.
Then, we got their homemade chicken liver pate, served with mustard, charred onions and relish, as well as some rustic bread that was fantastic and served also with other dishes.
The olivade is also a nice dish, different from a tapenade as it is made with olives, ricotta and parsley.
We then got the eggplant, that sat on a lemon aioli. I loved the eggplant that was fried, perfectly cooked and delicious with or without the aioli that had a nice acidity.
A surprising side was the garlic fried potatoes, where they added melted raclette cheese on top for a small supplement: raclette is also a Swiss dish based on heating the cheese and scraping off the melted part on either bread, potatoes or meat.
Last was the mushrooms, made with maitake, royal trumpet, shimenji and fava beans, topped with grana padano cheese. This is definitely a dish for mushroom lovers: I loved it and thought that the fave beans gave a great bite to it.
We finished the meal with dessert and picked the brown butter pecan cake, that was superb, sitting on a delicious chocolate sauce.
We had a great time and great food at LIC Market: this is a place I recommend and I will certainly go back there; hopefully, when I go back, they will have their burger with foie gras as it sounds quite decadent and appetizing! And if you are vegetarian, they have quite few nice dishes for you.
Enjoy (I did)!
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LIC Market - 21-52 44th Drive, Hunters Point, New York City, NY 11101