07/22/14 12:30pm

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Welcome to the Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! Once a week we check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. If you know of a dish you’d like to see featured here, please email emily@brownstoner.com.

The Spot: Alobar, 46-42 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.

The Deal: When your restaurant’s philosophy revolves around farm-fresh produce and seasonal dishes, it’s imperative that the menu reflects the changing seasons. So although patrons may miss a favorite hearty dish – such as late winter’s Signature Dish of the Loaded Baked Potato Gnocchi – summer is just an opportunity to find a new favorite.


03/04/14 12:30pm

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Welcome to the Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! Once a week we check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. If you know of a dish you’d like to see featured here, please email emily@brownstoner.com.

The Spot: Alobar, 46-42 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.

The Deal: A staple on bustling Vernon Boulevard, Alobar has been serving American cuisine to Long Island City residents since 2011. The dishes on the menu are prepared with local and seasonal produce when possible, and pair perfectly with one of the many cocktails on the menu. Owner Jeff Blath stocks Alobar with one of the largest whiskey selections in the neighborhood.

“Lots of restaurants do elevated comfort food. This is elevated food that happens to be comfortable,” says Jeff Blath, the restaurant’s owner.


The Dish: As an example of elevating and twisting comfort food, the (current) Signature Dish at Alobar is the Loaded Potato Gnocchi, with sour cream, chive, and bacon.

“This is a whimsical take on a loaded baked potato,” Blath says. “It’s all about technique, the gnocchi are cooked perfectly — nice and light.”

Suggested by Chef Greg Profeta, this twist on an old classic has made its way onto the regular menu as customer demand has kept it flying out of the kitchen.

In classic whiskey bar fashion, Blath recommends the Alobach cocktail to accompany this dish. The drink combines Four Roses Bourbon, Cointreau, Angostura & Peychaud’s bitters, and dry Champagne with an orange peel garnish.

04/13/13 10:30am

Alobar (GMAP) is petitioning CB2 to get outdoor seating. if you are a fan and want to support their effort, you can add your signature to their petition. (Note: there were 239 signature  as of 1030am on 4/13).

Since it began Alobar Restaurant has worked hard to become a service to the community. We have proven ourselves to be quiet, respectful  and good neighbors. We have been told that what we give to Long Island City is a world class experience integral to LIC itself. To be allowed to use our beautiful walled outdoor cafe is extremely important for us to continue to be such a major part of this wonderful community of Hunters Point, Long Island City. Without it we will not be able to compete in the summer months, with so many other restaurants that already have outdoor seating.

Previous coverage of Alobar [QNYC]

10/07/12 2:00pm


Starting on Friday October 12 and ending on the 21st is the Second Annual Cider Week. During this week, “more than 180 restaurants, bars, shops, and markets in New York City and the Hudson Valley will feature regional, orchard-based hard ciders through special tastings, flights, events, pairings, and classes in order to build awareness and appreciation for this reemerging traditional American beverage.” A few places in Queens are participating, located in Jackson Heights, LIC, and Astoria. (more…)

09/19/12 11:00am

Welcome to our three-part series called “LIC for Brooklynites,” the QueensNYC guide to LIC for Brooklyn folks. We’ll be featuring where to eat, what to do, and where to live. This first part is about where to eat in Long Island City, Queens.

Brooklyn is right to be proud about its diverse food scene, but it’s no secret that Queens also has a lot to offer when it comes to food, too. The borough is known especially for its authentic immigrant food – Greek, Mexican, Colombian, Uzbeki – but Long Island City in particular has become a home to European-influenced and New American dishes, as well as myriad artisanal foods. LIC continues to gain a reputation for excellent eats.

We love you, Brooklyn – hey, you’re just over the bridge from LIC. So come visit – bike (the Pulaski has a safe bike lane), walk (it’s a short walk, we promise), drive (we have parking), take the ferry (from DUMBO or Williamsburg), or take the subway (7/E/F/M/N/Q/R, and the G). We’ll feed you well.

Here are some places we think you’d like to check out when you’re hungry. We’ve grouped them by street, and most are accessible by subway, at the least.




If tasty pub grub and an seemingly endless beer list appeal to you, Alewife has your number. It’s only a couple of blocks from the Vernon-Jackson 7 stop, and shows off with a beautiful, warm dining room and terrific group of bartenders and servers to help you out. We’re partial to their fries, which come with parmesan and truffle oil. The burger is also terrific.

Alewife, 5-14 51st Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101; (718) 937-7494, alewifequeens.com (GMAP) (more…)

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On Saturday, Long Island City will host the inaugural LIC block party. This is a joint project by the Purves Street Block Association and SculptureCenter, and the party will feature live music, interactive performances, face-painting for the kids, and arts and activity projects for everyone. (more…)

08/19/12 9:00am

Last night was the Yelp Queens Summer Stunner event at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It was a great time, full of friendly folks, delicious food and drink, and awesome music (by Notorious R.U.G.). We got there on the early side of things, which was a good call since it was already pretty crowded even by 7:10pm. We entered through the main entrance of the museum, checked in, then got a chance to view some of the art, which was fabulous. After that, it was time to visit the Panorama of the City of New York.

It’s a pretty amazing thing – the entire city of New York is depicted in miniature, including the buildings. It is the “jewel in the crown of the collection of the Queens Museum of Art.” And it’s extremely cool.