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LIC Restaurants to host a food-tasting crawl

Starting point for tasting

Starting point for tasting

Nov. 18, 2013 By Christian Murray

The Long Island City Restaurant Association, which formed just weeks ago, is already organizing its first event.

The group is hosting a food tasting, called “Leftovers for Leftovers,” which will take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The event is partly inspired by the enormously successful Taste of LIC, which draws more than 50 restaurants and about 1,000 people each summer.

With “Leftovers for Leftovers,” eight restaurants will be preparing food and drink samplers.  Each restaurant is expected to offer a signature dish.

The timing of the event is a win-win for restaurant owners and customers. “It’s a time when there is not a lot going on…and when nobody wants to cook,” said Rebecca Trent, the owner of the Creek and the Cave, who is organizing the event.

The aim is for attendees to spend an hour at each restaurant. Trent said the tasting will start at 4 pm and go from place to place in the following order: Masso, Sage, Manducatis Rustica, Alobar, Woodbines, Creek and the Cave, Wine Bar and Alewife.

The cost is $8 per venue. There is no all-day pass at this point.

While each venue serves alcohol, Trent does not want the event to turn into a pub crawl. “This is about quality food…not a frat-boy bar crawl.”

“I’m really excited about the concept,” Trent said. She said she didn’t know what the turnout would be. “I guess it will be trial by fire.”


Event: Left overs for Leftovers

Date: Nov 30

Time: 4 pm

Starts at Masso, located at 47-25 Vernon Blvd.

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Dorothy Morehead

@LIC Dude
I don’t think you have to have a drink at each place. The way I understand it, the $8 per venue is for a food sampler. What you drink is up to you.

I agree with you re Taste of LIC. I love having so many restaurants represented, though I have yet to get to all of them. But it is a lot of work for the restauranteurs with no income. This type of event at least puts some money in their pockets. If I weren’t having lunch with my neice in Astoria I would participate. Maybe I’ll catch one or two of them later in the evening.

Good luck to all!


I am not sure how successful this will be! First, there are less people in LIC during the thanksgiving weekend , 2nd, people like Taste of LIC because it is one stop shopping at a fixed price, 3rd, from Masson to Sage then back yo Vernon again sound fun! Wish all the luck but hard to see it will be a good strategy .


As an event coordinator, social media guru, small business owner, local- wine/beer and foodie this sounds fantastic!!!!!! My husband and I would love to do something like this. I hope some of the places offer gluten free options (veggies, cheese/meats humus, spreads, olives, etc. So many GF food options (free people bread/Everybody Eats- crackers ect) gf beer, ciders, available these days!). I hope we are able to attend! I will add the event to my Astoria, LIC, Queens Pinterest board.
Thank You!

LIC local resident

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