Friday, July 13, 2012

LIC Market


Call it cheating, but I am expanding the borders of this blog beyond Astoria to write about LIC Market, a seasonal-and-local restaurant near the Court Square subway stop.

I know, I know: this ain't Vegetarian Long Island City. Sue me. Now, on to the review.

Dr. Science and I had a rare Friday morning together, so we decided to go for breakfast at the restaurant, whose chef/owner graces the cover of the latest issue of Edible Queens. LIC Market occupies an attractive space on the ground floor of a townhouse. At the entrance is an actual market, selling jars of house-made pickles, salsa, and the like. Original art hangs on the white brick walls, and the whitewashed wood tables give the place a pleasantly rustic feel. The main dining room was surprisingly hopping for a weekday morning, with a small crowd of 30- and 40-something professionals. 

We shared two dishes: the Bullseye eggs, which featured two slices of whole-grain bread with eggs fried in the middle of them, and the gruyere and scallion sandwich.






Bullseye!


The bread in the Bullseye was quite oily and blackened at the edges, but a fork-stab to the eggs yielded a satisfying rush of yolk. (I'll say it again: I like my eggs runny.) The excellent home fries combined perfectly cooked diced potatoes with caramelized onions and red peppers.



Gruyere and scallion sandwich, with egg




The sandwich, with its soft-boiled egg and generous amount of cheese, was tasty, though the baguette was a bit too white. It came with a side of lettuce, which could have used a nice vinaigrette.




The staff was friendly and efficient, and the tab for two breakfasts with coffee came to $22, with tax and a generous tip.

So, will we ever again take the N to the 7 just for breakfast? Probably not; there are too many appealing options within walking distance of our apartment, and if I'm not fed within 30 minutes of waking I get crabby. But we'll certainly return to LIC Market for lunch and/or dinner. As long as it's in Queens, it's all good.


LIC Market
21-52 44th Drive

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