One thing that I’ve always appreciated about the LIC Flea, is how it has been a launching pad for so many small food businesses just staring out. That seems especially true in this the Flea’s third year where a wonderful new class of food vendors are waiting to introduce you to some amazing eats.
Think of this post as a part one, because I could only fit so many snacks into one afternoon!
Making their debut at the LIC Flea this summer is Curry Station serving, among other things, a signature dish of spicy curry fish balls ($4). Served alongside refreshing chunks of cucumber and Barley Water to balance out the heat, this perfect street food dish is a new obsession of mine. (Find them @currystation on Twitter).
Another new favorite is LIC Flea newcomer Lumpia Merienda, putting some wonderful twists on the classic Filipino egg roll. The Shanghai, filled with marinated pork and topped with a mildly spicy chili sauce was delightful, and the sweet Turon stuffed with plantain and jackfruit, rolled in a caramelized glaze and topped with dulce du leche sauce ($5) was a must try.
The LIC Flea has always had a great Asian cuisine game, but this year is next level with the vendors above and another newcomer, Dhruv’s Kati Shack. Dhruv’s has a brick and mortar in Fresh Meadows, just blocks from St. John’s University, but this is their first time ever setting up at an outdoor market. Their insanely good Achar Paneer Roll ($6) made me glad they did. With an equal number of meat filled and vegetarian rolls, Dhruv’s has something for everyone.
I normally forgo sweet for savory, but the cookies at first-time Astoria based vendor Stuffed (Sundays only at the LIC Flea) looked too good to pass up. Their Chocolate Chip cookie with French grey sea salt ($2) was a revelation, and I doubt I will ever be able to wander past their table without buying one.
Post cookie I was pretty damn full, but I already started my list for my next visit to the LIC Flea. Another Astoria favorite The Bao Shoppe has set up a table this year and were vending some great looking scallion pancake rolls, one with the classic beef and a vegetarian version with with portobello mushroom, kimchi, cilantro, onions and spicy vegan mayo.
Another first time food vendor, Osaka Grub, will set up for the first time ever at the LIC Flea on April 25th. Their Japanese street food menu has already piqued my interest, so I’ll definitely be stopping by.
There’s also a Queens beer only Beer Garden this year, where I will absolutely be spending some time. It was about 11am when I was there, so I didn’t drink beer this time around. Those of you who know me will marvel at my restraint.
The LIC Flea is an outdoor market with vendors selling antiques, collectibles & food every spring/summer weekend at 5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY on Saturdays & Sundays from 10-6.