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LIC Market

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21-52 44th Dr., Queens, NY 11101 40.747665 -73.94538
nr. 23rd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-361-0013 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Traditional
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

licmarket.com

Hours

Mon-Tue, 7am-3:30pm; Wed-Fri, 7am-3:30pm and 6pm-10pm; Sat, 10am-3pm and 6pm-10pm; Sun, 10am-3pm

Nearby Subway Stops

E, M at Court Sq.-23rd St.; 7, G at Court Sq.

Prices

$11-$18

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • BYOB
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

50th Ave. to Bridge Plaza North, East River to Jackson Ave.

Profile

The Citibank building casts a long shadow on this section of Long Island City—a barren tundra littered with delis and diners, good for little else but greasy tuna melts. But Queens native Alex Schindler banishes lunch and dinnertime doldrums with this neighborhood restaurant of high quality and low pretense. He works with local farms and vendors to supply an American seasonal menu that gets regular reworking and specials that reflect all the fanciful micro-harvest seasons (kale, asparagus, ramps, and Japanese turnips are a few). Salads sometimes arrive overdressed, but that’s one of very few missteps. Burgers are glossy with jus and grilled cheeses emerge delectably gooey. At dinner, fresh flavors shine out in risottos with vegetables and from pan-roasted fish with braised lentils. The space is weather-worn—tabletops are impeccably distressed, walls are expertly yellowed, and recycled materials make significant contributions, like the antique gates out front and former bedroom doors decorating the face of the bar. You'll want to sit in the back room, perhaps at the workbench-style communal table amid the Mason jar terrariums.

The General Store

Up front you’ll find a mini-stockpile of jars and cans of homemade treats—pickled asparagus, strawberry and black pepper jam, roasted cashew butter, and a jalapeño salsa that’s created a run on tortilla chips in local bodegas.

Recommended Dishes

Ricotta and pignoli salad, $9; grilled cheese, $8

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