How did we miss this?! A few days ago LIC Talk reported that M. Wells Steakhouse planned to open on Tuesday, November 12th. (Last we heard the restaurant aimed to open around Christmastime, pushed back from a summer opening.) The so-called “meat temple” will seat 80 people, serve both meat and poultry, and feature a concrete trough holding live trout. The M. Wells dinette at MoMA PS1 will remain open. As LIC Talk says: “With its arrival, I expect all the new hotels built in LIC, to fill up with international foodies making a pilgrimage to this temple of meat. Hopefully a few of the locals will also be able to squeeze in.”
According to both Wyckoff Heights and Grub Street a brick oven pizza restaurant named Houdini just opened at 1563 Decatur Street. The owners were also behind the Miss Williamsburg diner, which closed years ago. They designed a space with exposed brick walls and an open kitchen, as well as a menu with six pizzas, two salads and three desserts. (Check it out here.) There are plans to expand the menu in the near future and eventually open a bar in restaurant’s basement.
A gay bar will open the weekend of October 26th at 70-15 Austin Street, between 70th Avenue and 70th Road in Forest Hills. Edge of the City reports that the space formerly belonged to the lounge Common Space. The new bar will be called PRIDE Forest Hills’ Gay Bar and Lounge. According to EOTC, the bar owner also runs Corfu Grill nearby.
Popular LIC coffee shop Coffeed, at 37-18 Northern Boulevard, has exciting expansion plans in the works. DNAinfo reports that the company will open a new pizza shop in Jamaica Market this week. It’ll be called Fetta and will serve at least three types of pizza every day, including a margherita, meat and veggie pie. The pizzas will feature tomatoes and other vegetables from Brooklyn Grange, who also supplies the LIC location of Coffeed. Slices will cost less than $3. The owners also plan to open a coffee shop and large-scale roasting facility somewhere around Jamaica, although those plans are not finalized.
But wait, there’s more! According to the Coffeed Facebook page, the owners will open an open-air restaurant in Hunters Point South Park. A call to the cafe revealed that it should open next spring. There will be an espresso machine, table service, kitchen and bar. The new spot will be called LIC Landing. Exciting stuff!
The New York Dog House opened recently in Astoria, at 37-06 30th Avenue. The place serves casual eats like hot dogs (with fun toppings), hand cut fries, bangers and mash and a lamb burger. The bar serves up beer, wine, signature and classic cocktails. Here’s a peek at the signature cocktail list, with all the drinks named after dog breeds. Tastoria checked the place out and filed a rave review: “I was happy to encounter great food and a warm, friendly staff. I’d encourage folks to check this new place out for themselves, and to stop in and say welcome to the neighborhood!” Anybody else been?
Jamestown Properties, the developers of the Chelsea Market, are bringing artisanal food vendors to Long Island City’s Falchi Building, at 31-00 47th Avenue. The Daily News reports that Artisanal Premium Cheese already signed a lease on the ground-floor for a shop and restaurant. Amy’s Bread, who bakes in a plant based in Long Island City, is also eyeing a kiosk space. Apparently Jamestown is looking for unique start-ups to occupy the relatively inexpensive kiosks and stands, which will be set up inside and outside of the building. According to the CEO of Artisanal Premium Cheese, “We’re going to bring a whole new dimension to the neighborhood.” Think this could be a game-changer for the LIC food scene?
SizzleMe Steakhouse, a Filipino-style steak restaurant, opens tomorrow at 6916 Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside. DNAinfo profiled the new spot, which features a menu of traditional Filipino dishes with modern twists. Jun Fernandez, the owner of the eye-glass shop across the street, teamed up with Joshua Smookler, a restaurant consultant and chef, to open the place. They plan to host special seatings at the counter on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays where they offer unique menu items and guests eat with their hands. The first seating is planned for tomorrow at 5pm and there’s already a good review up on Yelp.
Edge of the City reports that a burger joint is moving into 72-06 Austin Street, the space previously occupied by the clothing store Diva. It’ll be called Twist & Smash’d and you can find them on Facebook and Twitter. Over the weekend the business set up shop in front of the future storefront for the Forest Hills Fall Festival. An Edge of the City commenter who attended said it looked like a “lower-key and less expensive alternative to Bareburger.” Here’s the menu. It should open within the year.
The Queens Gazette just profiled Food Craze, a restaurant that opened a few weeks ago in Astoria. The joint is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves items like sweet and savory crepes, salads, steak, salmon, chicken and burgers. Check out the extensive menu here. There’s indoor and outdoor seating as well as takeout service. The Queens Gazette gives the restaurant, at 36-19 Broadway, a shining review. Have any Astoria residents checked it out yet?
The Real Deal has an article on how Rockrose Development, who leased M. Wells its current under-construction space at 43-15 Crescent Street, is banking on the popular restaurant boosting real estate interest for the non-waterfront section of Long Island City. The Real Deal calls Court Square a “sleepy commercial district, with some rough edges,” but the folks at Rockrose think M. Wells can be as transformative to the area as Dumont was to Williamsburg. The owners of M. Wells downplay the potential lure of the restaurant. As co-owner Sarah Obraitis says about the new location: “There’s grit. It’s an interesting sort of nexus of the new and the old… I don’t care if there are thousands of people moving into the building across the street.” The neighborhood’s grit may not last long. Rockrose is leasing its 42-story tower at 43-10 Crescent Street nearby, and there are a number of other developments in the works. Construction’s starting soon at the 50-story rental 43-25 Hunter Street, and a 700-unit conversion project is beginning at the Eagle Lofts at 43-22 Queens Street. As for M. Wells, the steakhouse/”meat temple” will open late next month.