dine(r) no more

WE just report the news here, we don’t create it. And sometimes we just riff on news that others initiated, and sometimes others do likewise on our scoops. Thus the reason for the somewhat incongruous headline above. Yet these days everything is intertwined with Covid to some degree.

Like opening a new restaurant or food hall. You won’t be fending off packs of new foodies checking out the latest, or trying to bring them in with Grand Openings and press nights to create buzz. Instead you need to be extremely flexible and schedule staff and inventories on the fly while keeping a close eye on the weather.

Anyway, a few new places have taken the plunge and opened recently in LIC, and thanks to Eater NY both JACX Food Hall in Queens Plaza and Yumpling’s stand alone location in Hunters Point are fully profiled this week. Hopefully their words and mouth-watering pictures will convince you to to brave the crowds pandemic and take the plunge. All of the spots mentioned offer contactless pickup as well as delivery.

//WHILE new restaurants open, others in LIC close. Yesterday came the news that Jackson Avenue stalwart The Creek and The Cave has closed for good due to the effects of the pandemic. Opened 14 years ago when LIC was a backwater, it served tex-mex food upstairs and comedy downstairs.

We came for the laughs and stayed for the burritos, RIP

//AS the virus rages through a large swath in the center of the country, it’s starting to touch down closer to home. And not just in New Jersey, I mean really closer like northern Astoria, per a heatmap included in the article below. So keep on sporting that mask.

Inside Yumpling, The Breakout Restaurant From The Cult Favorite Taiwanese Food Truck“five years after serving their first dumplings in Long Island City, Howie Jeon, Jeff Fann, and Chris Yu have returned to the neighborhood”

A Flashy New Food Hall Brings Some Of NYC’s Top Talent To Long Island City9 restaurants in total

The Creek And The Cave Permanently Closes After 14 Years In LIC

Several Western Queens Neighborhoods See Spike In Positive Covid-19 Caseskeep on wearing that mask

Gianaris Issues Edict To Biden To Cancel Rent – the Donald Trump of progressive headlines

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