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  • 1. for sweet (and free) restaurant deals.
  • 2. When you dig a spot, grab a free passcode.
  • 3. Tell the restaurant your passcode.
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BBE EXCLUSIVE EVENT

Eat your way through LIC Flea & Food

By Hannah Howard

Queens is the most culturally diverse place in the world, and at LIC Flea & Food, this legendary diversity is expressed in a dizzying bounty of deliciousness. It’s a Disneyland for adventurous eaters, carnival food taken way seriously, and complemented by fun shopping for funky dresses, gorgeous paintings, and much more. The vendors are Queens locals, and sure, a few have a shop or two, but most are hustling exclusively at small markets like this one. If you’ve ever wanted to check it out, now’s the time—with this exclusive one-weekend experience, you can feast on an entrée, a dessert, a beverage, and draft beer, all from any vendor, and all just for $19.

The challenge, of course, is making a decision. Though it’s not quite officially summertime yet, don’t tell Mother Nature, just keep your thirst quenched with something from one of the six Queens beers on tap, or one of the many wines to choose from. There’s also the customizable and happily refreshing Lizzmonade, allowing you to make your own creation; think watermelon-basil, or cucumber-mint. Tea & Milk whips up some mean bubble tea, like the Fuji apple green tea, just sweet enough and full of chia seeds and bubbles of chewy tapioca.

Then there’s the food. Jessy's Pastries makes empanadas so light and fluffy they could fly away if it wasn’t for the rich beef or mac and cheese (!!) stuffed inside. Veggie pancakes from Oconomi are a million times more decadent than they sound, fried up with savory soy, with or without juicy pork folded up inside, and beside a pile of cold yakisoba noodle joy. Chuta Madre! Brings epic Ecuadorian sandwiches, and When Pigz Fly make “pig wings” from pork shank that will have you wondering why everyone isn’t making (and devouring) these things everywhere.

For something sweet, cool down with macaron ice cream sandwiches from Woops!, or drift off to sugar and dairy–induced euphoria from Cake Box’s light yet no-joke tres leches; a little condensed milk bath never hurt any dessert. The best news of all is the fact that this is just a small sampling of the 80 vendors you can choose from at LIC Flea & Food. See you in Queens!
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