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Five stories and one happy ending

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com



One of the most promising new developments in Long Island City is the revitalization of the five-story space known as the Falchi Building, located at 31-00 47th Ave. in Long Island City. Occupying over 600,000 square feet formerly used as a warehouse by the late great Gimbels department store, and named after the famous Brazilian handbag designer, the Falchi Building is not far from the heart of LIC or the nearby student population of LaGuardia Community College. The hope of Jamestown, the developers of the Falchi Building — as well as 1250 Broadway and Chelsea Market in Manhattan — is that the food-focused ground level concourse will serve as a drawing point for the building’s employees, as well as visitors and neighbors from all over the city.

Recently, we stopped by with an empty stomach to sample some of the savory morsels they are currently offering.

Presently, a pop-up food counter called the Food Box is home to a handful of vendors who are serving unique, handmade, gourmet goods on weekdays. Offerings range from a Paraguayan empanada and pastry stand serving pastry pockets filled with seasoned meats and vegetables, alongside guava jam-stuffed cake rolls. A Jamaican barbecue counter serves up piquant plates of jerk chicken and rice, while down the row is a DJ who makes pies in glass jars (called Made from Scratch) and serves chocolate-coated strips of bacon. Creamy cups of cheesecake can be blended with any of an assortment of toppings.

There is even a stand for the Vendy Award-winning Khao Man Gai NY, serving some sweet variations of Thai iced tea, as well as traditional rice and chicken, and now a special brothless version of Tom Yum Noodles.

The rice noodles are generously tossed in a spicy Thai chili mixture, and loaded with slices of fish cake, like little seafood meatballs. The khao man gai itself sounds deceitfully simple, but each tray packs one of the most savory punches around. The jasmine rice soaks up the chicken fat from the poaching liquid, and the dish sings of cilantro and pandan leaves, creating a fascinating umami bouquet.

While the United Nations uses the upper floors for administrative purposes, and the Juice Press readies its space for an opening in the near future down below, Artisanal Premium Cheese is in the process of making the Falchi building its own slice of heaven.

Much of the building is still available for potential occupants, and sun-drenched rooms and hallways fill the loft-like spaces with promising offices and studios ripe for new entrepreneurs. It is an exciting time for Long Island City, and the Falchi Building is a lovely marriage of the old with the new, offering a space for both.

And knowing that we can now enjoy our favorite Thai street foods during the weekdays as well as at the flea, well that’s reason enough alone to pay the Falchi a visit.

For more information on the Falchi and all of its opportunities, visit falchibuilding.com.

Food Box
Falchi Building
37-00 47th Ave., Long Island City
Open weekdays for lunch



Food Box opens in LIC building

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Rendering Courtesy of Jamestown

Long Island City residents can now think “outside the box” when it comes to dining.

Inside the Falchi Building is a brand new 2,000-square-foot pop-up artisanal food fair, known as The Food Box.

It is located on the ground floor of the five-story, 657,660-square-foot, multi-tenant, mixed-use building, located at 31-00 47th Avenue.

“The Food Box at Falchi features a curated collection of artisanal foods that caters to the needs of tenants who want a highly amenitized ground floor and creates a place that serves the surrounding community of Long Island City,” said Michael Phillips, COO of real estate investment and management company Jamestown Properties.

There are currently four vendors participating in The Food Box and Jamestown is looking for a fifth. A rotating trial will also be offered to vendors who would like to see what The Food Box has to offer.

One of the vendors includes the 2013 Vendy Awards’ Best Market Vendor, Khao Man Gai NY. This vendor specializes in a Thai chicken and rice dish, with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients.

The other three vendors include ReCaFo, Real Caribbean Food, offering traditional Jamaican cuisine; Jessy’s Pastries selling Peruvian empanadas and sweets, and The Kolache Co., who will offer a modern take on a Czech pastry.

ReCaFo, Jessy’s Pastries and Khao Man Gai participated in the outdoor LIC Flea & Food market this past summer.

Khao Man Gai NY and Jessy’s Pastries can also be found this month on the weekends at the LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market,located in a warehouse next to the former outdoor LIC Flea market at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue.

In October, Jamestown announced the multi-million dollar repositioning and capital improvement program at the Falchi Building, built in 1920 as a warehouse and distribution facility. This program includes façade and lobby renovations, furniture upgrades, art installations and the introduction of food purveyors, L’Arte Del Gelato and Artisanal Cheese.

Other Falchi Building tenants include jewelry manufacturers, government and medical offices, and media, technology and engineering companies.



Almost a ‘Flea’ sweep at the Vendy Awards

| hchin@homereporternews.com

Photos by Helen Klein, Denise Romano and Heather J. Chin

Thousands ate their way through Industry City on Saturday, September 7 for the 9th Annual NYC Vendy Awards—the Oscars of the food vendor world—which was held this year in Brooklyn for the very first time.

The big winner of the day was Brooklyn/Red Hook’s El Olomega and owners Janet and Marcos Lainez, whose traditional, homemade pupusas took home the Vendy Cup—keeping it in the Red Hook Food Vendor family after Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food won it last year.

Luke’s Lobster’s classic Maine-style lobster rolls and lobster-and-cheese sandwiches won over the crowd, garnering them the People’s Taste Award.

Best Dessert went to Elmhurst-based Itizy Ice Cream Truck and their delicious homemade concoctions in refreshingly creative, yet simple flavors such as Blueberry Mojito, Mint Stracciatella and Coffee Brownie—all of which goes to promote founders Kenneth Chen and Ann Yu’s social mission of feeding those in need through supporting Scoop For Meals.

Best Market Vendor went to Queens-based Khao Man Gai NY for their exhaustively researched and carefully prepared authentic Thai chicken-and-rice dish that owners Eric and Emorn Henshaw said is their way of sharing their favorite dish with New Yorkers.

Best of New Jersey went to local/organic-focused Home By The Range, which also won the Messy But Tasty Award.

Rookie of the Year went to Midtown-based Nuchas, whose Argentinian-style savory and sweet empanadas and homemade sauces impressed eaters and judges alike.

Judges included Clarkson Potter editor-at-large Francis Lam, Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, Food Network Star ( Season 8 ) Justin Warner , meat guru Pat LaFrieda and Every Day with Rachael Ray editor-in-chief Lauren Purcell.

If you haven’t already hit up the kitchens of these Vendy Award winners, don’t worry: several winners—as well as many of the finalists—can be found on weekends through October at the LIC Flea & Food. Luke’s Lobster, Itizy Ice Cream and Khao Man Gai are all popular vendors, as are other Queens stalwarts Cholita Cuencana, Pop It Baby and King Souvlaki.

“LIC Flea has been an amazing experience and we are lucky enough to be a part of it,” enthused Khao Man Gai’s Eric Henshaw.

PopItBaby’s Jackie Walsh agreed, noting that the market has enabled her to “get our brand out to sweet people [every weekend].”

At the 9th Annual NYC Vendy Awards, Luke’s Lobster’s classic Maine-style lobster rolls and lobster-and-cheese sandwiches won the People’s Taste Award.

Best Market Vendor went to Khao Man Gai NY  for their exhaustively researched and carefully prepared authentic Thai chicken-and-rice dish.

Pop It Baby was also at the event.



LIC Flea vendors up for Vendy Awards

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Itizy, Luke’s Lobster, Popitbaby and Khao Man Gai NY

Four LIC Flea & Food vendors are not only shining at the market.

Luke’s Lobster, Itizy, Popitbaby and Khao Man Gai NY are each finalists at the 9th Annual Vendy Awards taking place this Saturday, September 7 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at 116 39th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Each year finalists come with their food trucks or carts to serve their treats for judges and attendees. The event, emceed by Negin Farsad, also includes beer, wine, non-alcoholic drink, tables and chairs, live music, performances and a raffle. The day will end with a ceremony awarding the winners.

Luke’s Lobster, which could be found at the Flea almost every Saturday and Sunday, is nominated for this year’s Vendy Cup.

“We’re super excited and we’ve been preparing,” said Lauren Gibson, director of catering and events for Luke’s Lobster. “I’m also looking forward to trying all the other food and I’m really excited to see what other people are bringing to the plate.”

Itizy, found at the Flea on Sundays, is going up for the Dessert Award for its handcrafted ice cream and sorbet.

“People love our ice cream and it’s really great to see that in the nomination,” said Itizy co-owner Ann Yu. “This will be for us to really show people not just our ice cream, but what we are really all about.”

Within only four months of starting the business, Khao Man Gai NY was nominated in the Market category.

“We were super excited,” said Khao Man Gai NY co-owner Eric Henshaw. “It’s going to be a great day, everyone that is there is excited to try your food. I think it’s going to be a really good energy, it should be a good day.”

Popitbaby, which started only one month ago, has also been nominated for the Dessert Award.

On the official website for the event, the Vendy Awards are described as “a festival of respect and gratitude for all vendors an everything they provide us.”

The awards also serve as a fundraiser for The Street Vendor Project, a membership-based non-profit organization started to serve and stand up for the rights of New York City vendors.