Taste of Long Island City offers Diverse and Delicious Bites

Staff Writer
Worldwide flavors were abundant at this Queens food festival
Taste of LIC 2014
Melissa Kravitz

Scallop, shrimp, ands salmon sushi from Hibino was a big hit.

Tuesday, June 3rd brought the 9th Annual Taste of Long Island City to Gantry State Plaza.  Though the spectacular views of Manhattan were somewhat dampened by the evening's rain shower, spirits and appetites loomed large inside the tented area, where almost 50 Queens (and Brooklyn) vendors provided unlimited bites of their best dishes.

Cajun, Mexican, Greek, Italian, Australian, Japanese, New American, and various other cuisines were served from booths throughout the tent, making this taste of Long Island City more of a taste of the world, which makes sense, considering Queens is the most diverse borough!  

On the humid summer day, the oyster shucking cart by M. Wells stole the show for many (including a seafood-obsessed Girl Scout troop, happily slurping half shells in their green vests), and the adult crowd could enjoy rosés and chardonnays provided from local wine shops.  

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For those who don't get to the borough often (what's your excuse?!), Taste of LIC offered a great way to try a variety of the neighborhood's offerings, mark down reservations to make, and continue to take advantage of all that New York, including the outer boroughs, has to offer.