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ALOBAR ~ Long Island City
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Full Description: Alobar is that great neighborhood restaurant, the one where you can go back again and again and find something creative and new every time.
Where you know there are quality ingredients because every ingredient came from less than two hundred miles away, and you can ask which farm it came from. Alobar delivers on creative food including home-made salumi, charcuterie, and preserves in addition to beautifully composed small and large plates. And keeping with the neighborhood vibe Alobar gives you such warm and welcoming service and atmosphere that makes you feel like you have a home away from home.
Owner Jeff Blath has been working in restaurants his entire life. He describes his menu as "very much an American menu with a modern touch, some traditional European influences, and a definite emphasis on keeping our ingredients seasonal and local."
The Welcoming Doors are Open at ALOBAR on Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City
ANNOUNCEMENT: ALOBAR has now opened for Lunch on Weekdays, and Brunch on Weekends! A Special Offer is Available.
â??We are so happy to be a part of the neighborhood, that we wanted to offer a deal for everyone that is joining us for lunch. For every customer that comes in for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 3:30, we will give a voucher for a free appetizer at dinner, usable any time!â??
The new ALOBAR restaurant on Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City is casual, inviting, warm, lively, and imaginative. It has a very nice vibe.
This restaurant will have great appeal to young professionals and foodies of all ages who will appreciate the skillfully prepared menu items; the well trained, polite and respectful staff; and the carefully planned decor that creates a soft atmosphere.
The restaurant has a very busy open kitchen where you can watch your food being prepared.
The noise level in ALOBAR, even when loud enough to let you know you are in a room filled with people in vibrant conversation, is low enough that you can easily hear your companions. There is a comfortable and energetic din.
The tables are wooden, with casual settings. There are no tablecloths, but you notice the heavier, better quality cutlery and table candles normally associated with an upscale restaurant. You reach for your napkin, and it has a familiar feel that you recognize. It might remind you of home. It is a "dish towel". The combination of the fine dining cutlery and the contrast of the dish towel is one of the small details that sends a signal that the owner of ALOBAR has carefully thought about what he wants the restaurant to be, and that he wants you to feel at home when you are there. Soon after we sat down, our waiter offered filtered house water that was especially good; and, brought a wonderful 'basket' of bread to the table...soft and dense inside, crusty outside. Delicious!
You'll start to notice the sepia photos on the wall from earlier American periods, the late 1800's through about the 1920's or 30's. One of the prominent large photos shows a bicycle built for three. Everything about ALOBAR suggests a sense of traditional values.
The food is outstanding. The menu items are creative and meant to offer customers something deliciously special based on very familiar foods like organic roasted chicken, smoked salmon filets, braised short ribs, and striped bass. There is even a Hunters Point burger. Others are new foods, like braised octopus & oxtail, roasted bone marrow, and wild boar & hazelnut pate.
We ordered three dishes. We started with a Country Ham & Bean Soup. It was rich and flavorful. The smoked flavor was there, but not overpowering.
For entrees we ordered Organic Roasted Chicken with roasted root vegetables and apple succotash. The description does not come close to describing this lovely dish. We also ordered the Braised Short Ribs served with roasted garlic brussel sprouts, bone marrow poppers, homemade worchestire sauce and mashed potatoes. Wonderful! The chicken was served bedded on a blend of pulled chicken, apples, and the veggies made into a stuffing. The Short Ribs were served with that great bread toasted over an open flame. It was all cooked perfectly, and mouthwatering.
Whatever the menu item, the preparation and presentation are coming from a very talented chef, Ian Kapitan. The menu is innovative and creative, and the full, rich flavors you expect are delivered!
Owner Jeff Blath has been working in restaurants his entire life. In April, he described his forthcoming menu as "very much an American menu with a modern touch, some traditional European influences, and a definite emphasis on keeping our ingredients seasonal and local."
Entree price points range from $15 to $25. There is also a thoughtful "Small Plates" list that range in price from $6 to $15. The menu also offers Charcuterie and an excellent selection of Cheeses. We will post the menu shortly.
We should mention that ALOBAR has a good wine list, and serves a nice drink. We see ALOBAR gaining a favored position in LIC as an after-work gathering spot. The mix of food and drink, along with the ambience and atmosphere, work well together. We think that ALOBAR will attract people from the tower condos as well as the core community.
The photos appearing with this article were taken during the pre-opening weekend. There is also an OurLIC "Pre-opening Profile" that shows some photos of the ALOBAR interior taken in April 2011.
Most new restaurants have some start up pains. It is a nautural part of getting a restaurant ready. In this case, the "pre-opening" weekend was almost flawless. Management has things under control.
ALOBAR will begin operation by opening for dinner only durng the first week to ten days. It will then phase in lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends. Call the restaurant before going for lunch or brunch just to make sure.
For Long Island City, it is "Bon Apetite" from ALOBAR...a terrific addition to our growing landscape of destination restaurants for the community and visitors from everywhere to enjoy.
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Address: 46-42 Vernon Blvd
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