Journey to the Center of LIC


September 3, 2012 by Emily Pergament

Continuing our epic weekend adventure after hitting Brooklyn on Saturday and a good portion of the west side yesterday, Claire and I had built up the necessary bravado to think we could walk down to Long Island City.  For those unaware, it’s roughly a 33-avenue walk but even that is misleading as various streets intersect and discontinue along the way; it equates to about 6 ½ miles round trip in a straight line, which is definitely not the route we ended up taking.  Suffice to say we are laid up with extreme foot soreness and even I’m considering a pedicure tonight to remedy the problem.

All this to get to barely two solid blocks of independent restaurants and coffee shops with serious character nestled firmly between a Petey’s Burgers and Dunkin’ Donuts.

After the standard few minutes of indecision, we decided on Cranky’s, a quaint French creole corner restaurant at 48-19 Vernon Blvd. boasting various brunch specials, which we later discovered to mean they sell mimosas for $6.  The décor was hip and artsy without going too far, as you can see.

After a longer than comfortable wait, all the while eyeing three quite available tables, we were finally seated but quickly waited upon.  Fortunately we had already honed in on our fare – Homemade mac and cheese for myself and an omelet for Claire.  Imagine mac and cheese baked with bacon and mushrooms in a fancy French sauce and you’ll understand why a walk along Gantry Plaza State Park before the trek back home was necessary.

Claire kept it simple with just swiss cheese and mushrooms in the omelet, which was extremely well-seasoned, but the cheese was by no means evenly distributed.

Our bill was just $20 since we stuck with water and accompanied by multiple “merci”s, but we were happy with the cost, and we’re excited to head back for the pancakes and meatball sandwich.

Thanks to Rob’s fastidious research earlier that morning, the day was not yet over as we caught a 10-street fair on 30th Ave. with him and Emily along the way back and even talked them into their first-ever bubble tea at Tapioca, the former of which you can already check out and the latter which I expect will show up here very shortly.  A great series to cap off a fantastic debut weekend for Fat in Manhattan.

Ever taken a longer walk to get to less action? Have a favorite LIC haunt? Would you pay $6 for a mimosa?

-Mark and Claire


7 thoughts on “Journey to the Center of LIC

  1. Emily says:

    I cannot justify eating that mac and cheese mere days before the wedding, but God help me if I won’t eat that the minute I return from the honeymoon.

  2. Emily says:

    And no, I would not pay $6 for a breakfast drink when so many restaurants give you a complimentary brunch cocktail.

  3. Rob says:

    One time Emily and I took an hour train ride to walk on the Old Croton Aqueduct, which was a path through some people’s backyards

  4. Claire says:

    I’m guessing there was no bacon-infused mac and cheese at the end of the Old Croton Aqueduct?


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