Where to Eat Ice Cream in New York Right Now

“Visit the new Flushing outpost of the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
Since 1978, the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has been cranking out ice cream in flavors like durian, litchi, Thai iced tea, and pandan to critical acclaim. This year, the family-owned business expanded its footprint with a second location in the city’s second-largest Chinatown: Flushing, Queens. With the new location come exclusive new flavors, including gochujang chocolate as well as misugaru (a Korean grain powder) and cookies that’ll taste great after a self-guided Flushing food tour.”

See more spots for ice cream here.


The New York City Restaurant That Prohibits Cell Phone Use

Il Triangolo

“(…) Gigliotti, who is 52-years-old, opened Il Triangolo in April 2011, which specializes in Southern Italian food. He created many of the recipes including homemade fettuccini ala Triangolo, chicken frangelico and shrimp limoncello.  It seats around 60 people.

He owns a cellphone bought for him by his daughter and thinks they’re a useful gadget for ordering items.

But back in 2014, when cellphone use started proliferating and most of his customers starting taking out their smartphones during their meals, Gigliotti became irritated. He noticed that “people weren’t paying attention to their food, their surroundings or their own family members.” No longer were his customers conversing; they sat there and ate and checked their cell phones as if they were dining alone. In fact, their behavior slowed everything down in the restaurant. Instead of eating and leaving quickly, they’d spend more time dining because they weren’t concentrating on eating their food and instead zeroed in on checking their emails or the web.  Meals that once took two hours were taking two and a half hours, and guests waiting longer for a table.

Gigliotti put up a small sign that said no cellphones placed on the table. When he encountered new customers, he’d tell them in person about the policy. If customers receive a phone call during the meal, they’re asked to step outside of the restaurant so as not to disturb any guests. Almost everyone complies.”

Read more here.

Request for Snack Bar/Cafeteria Operators in Corona Park, Queens

The parks department has put out a request for proposals for the operation of a snack bar/cafeteria at Parks’ Olmsted Center, and a kiosk at David Dinkins’ Circle, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. See below for the full RFP:

In accordance with Section 1-13 of the Concession Rules of the City of New York, the Department of Parks and Recreation (“Parks”) is issuing, as of the date of this notice, a RFP for the operation and maintenance of a Snack Bar/Cafeteria at Parks’ Olmsted Center and a Food Kiosk located at David Dinkins’ Circle, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens.

All proposals submitted in response to this RFP must be submitted by no later than Friday, May 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.to Parks’ Revenue Division.  There will be a recommended on-site proposer meeting and site tour Friday, April 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.  We will meet at the proposed concession site at Olmsted Center which is located at 117-02 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, New York 11368. If you are considering responding to this RFP, please make every effort to attend this meeting and site tour.  To obtain directions to the proposed concession site, please call (718) 760-6600.

Hard copies of the RFP can be obtained, at no cost, commencing Monday, April 4, 2016 through Friday, May 6, 2016, during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays, at the Revenue division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which is located at The Arsenal, 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY  10065.

The RFP is also available for download commencing Monday, April 4, 2016 through Friday, May 6, 2016 on Parks’ website. To download the RFP, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities, click on the link for “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” and, after logging in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFP’s description.

For more information, contact Revenue Project Manager Glenn Kaalund at (212) 360-1397.  You can also email him at Glenn.Kaalund@parks.nyc.gov.   Thank you.


5/3: Queens Taste 2016

Mark your calendars! Early bird tickets are on sale through March 31st only for Queens Taste 2016, taking place on May 3rd. Queens Taste is a showcase of the restaurants, food makers, drink purveyors, and other Queens-based businesses that make the borough so vibrant. This year, the cost of a ticket gets you all-you-can-eat-and-drink samples from over 60 local vendors, as well as free admission to the New York Hall of Science.

Vendors include Bareburger, The Astor Room, Bayside Brewery, Coffeed, and many more. Proceeds benefit the Queens Economic Development Corporation.

To read more or purchase tickets, click here.



Mu Ramen Opened in LIC

Owners Joshua and Heidy Smookler opened their new permanent brick and mortar ramen restaurant yesterday in Long Island City. There was a long delay in opening as they waited for Con Ed to connect their gas, but opening day is finally here! Joshua previously worked at Per Se, and Heidy at Buddakan before they decided to open up a pop-up ramen shop that gathered a rather large and loyal following. In the Spring of last year, New York Times food critic Pete Wells wrote that when he, “made a list of my favorite bowls of ramen in the city, I put it in first place.”

The new Mu Ramen can be found at 1209 Jackson Avenue (48th Avenue) in Long Island City, Queens. The new space features an open kitchen, dark-wood finishes and brick walls. The counter can seat up to 22 people and the cooks also double as waiters because as Joshua says, “I like the personal interaction you get at sushi bars.” Enough about decor and service, the menu is what makes people crave Mu Ramen! Up to 120 lbs of pork bones are boiled in a 24inch diameter pot at the highest heat for over 20 hours. Each bowl of Mu ramen is extracted from about 24oz of the pork marrow bone. According to Joshua and Heidy, “Time, no MSG and great effort are the key ingredients to Mu Ramen.” The menu also offers fried chicken wings stuffed with brioche and foie gras, and plenty of truffles.

To read more about the opening of Mu Ramen in Long Island City, click here

Queens Restaurant Week

This year’s Queens Restaurant Week will take place October 13th through to October 30th. Over 100 restaurants in 30 neighborhoods will be participating in Restaurant Week offering great prix fixe menus. The most common price points are $14 lunch menus and $28 three course dinners; tax and gratuity not included. Here are a few of the participating restaurants in the borough:

  • Penthouse 808 at the Raven Hotel is a great spot to enjoy rooftop dining with great views of Midtown Manhattan and the East River
  • Dutch Kills Centraal offers a $28 three-course dinner with a brand new chef. This gastro pub concept is local, organic and has a modern flare.
  • The Astor Room in Astoria offers a truly continental menu with great cocktail options as well. Enjoy live music with your dinner at this location.
  • Il Falco in Long Island City is a participating Italian restaurant offering a great Italian dishes

To view a list of the participating restaurants for Restaurant Week and to find out more about their deals running through to the end of October, click here

New York’s First Customizable Sushi Enterprise

“Customizable” and “made-to-order” food are two of the biggest consumer trends for 2014. 22-year-old entrepreneur Jesse Tang saw potential to apply these trends to a major untapped market— sushi. “Pink Nori,” Tang’s sushi venture in Astoria, will be the first sushi concept to truly grant customers limitless freedom to customize their rolls. “The millennial generation likes to try new stuff,” Tang reasons. The menu will feature atypical sushi condiments such as guacamole, jalapeños and potato chips. Tang recently graduated from Stony Brook University and will use his $10,000 prize he earned from the Long Island Young Entrepreneur Challenge to market Pink Nori. Jesse’s father, restaurateur Danny Tang, will offer a hand in business operations. Astoria’s burgeoning dining scene and proliferation of young professionals with disposable incomes inspired Tang’s enterprise location decision.

2014 Food Trend Predictions

We’re just one day away from 2014, and that means it’s time to start thinking about changes in the dining industry. The Daily Meal compiled a list of their top food trend predictions for the new year. Amongst them are healthier in-flight options, “new” cuts of meat, Queens is the new Brooklyn and high-end counter dining. A few predictions seem like a bit of a stretch, like restaurants charging for bread, but others sound very plausible.

“Food Box” Specialty Market Opens in Long Island City

Jamestown Properties, owners of Chelsea Market, recently opened “Food Box,” Long Island City, Queens’ newest specialty food market, inside the Falchi Building. So far four vendors have claimed their territory, selling Jamaican, Peruvian, Thai and Texan specialties, and an artisinal cheese shop is in the works. Food Box could just be be the “Chelsea Market” Long Island City has been longing for.

M. Wells Steakhouse Opens Tomorrow

Eater announces husband and wife chef-owners Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, of the original M. Wells and the current M. Wells Dinette, will welcome their third M. Wells sensation tomorrow. Dufour hopes to serve delicacies such as lion meat and rattlesnake at M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City, Queens. A wood-fired grill, dessert cart, live lobsters and sea urchins are not out of the question either.

M. Wells Steakhouse will be open nightly for dinner except for Tuesdays, not including tomorrow’s opening day.