Astoria Flea & Food


Astoria Flea & Food just wrapped its third Sunday at Kaufman Astoria Studios. Chelsey, my roommate, and I ventured to the backlot market on its first Sunday. We were thrilled to finally have a flea market in the neighborhood – and in walking distance. We had so much fun browsing the goods. So it’s no surprise that when our dear friend Grace visited, we decided to head over for a bit of local flavor. Where else can you find BBQ sandwiches, plants growing out of tiny corks, dainty vintage plates and gourmet marshmallows under one roof (err, lot)!?

It was definitely a wonderful way to give Grace a taste of Astoria. All of the vendors are fantastic. Here are some of our picks:

We See Stars: This modern jewelry line features geometric shapes with hints of neon and pastels. Grace and I snagged handmade necklaces whereas Chelsey chose a simple gold ring.

Vint-YorkVint & York: The stylish spec shop recently expanded to sunglasses. I couldn’t resist an oversized pair of aviators. The vendor also included a $25 gift card with the purchase. I’m not sure if they’ll be offering a gift card every Sunday, but it’s worth a try.

CorkBudsCork Buds: I’ve already mentioned these baby succulent plants at the LIC Flea. I.just.can’t.resist.the.cuteness.


Taproot Organics: Taproot’s rows of sweet-smelling soaps transport you to a sea of lavender or freshly-cut lemongrass. All are handmade and organic.

Zito’s Bites: Gourmet bagel bites? Yes, please. Don’t miss the jalapeño bite – the combination of cream cheese, jalapeño slices, green onions and cheddar is seriously amazing.

Southern-Astorian-Flea-MarketFrittering Away: Seasonal lemonade! Here’s Grace enjoying a refreshing jar of their strawberry basil.

Astoria Flea & Food will be open every Sunday until the end of June.
Location: The backlot at Kaufman Astoria Studios, on 36th Street via entry on 34th or 35th Ave.
Hours: 10am-6pm

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Outdoor Fest: LIC Flea & Food


Smorgasburg, watch your back! This past weekend, LIC Flea returned for its second year with a stellar roster of flea and food finds. Baalok and I arrived late Sunday morning to find the place wafting with an amalgam of aromas from the Falafel King’s fresh falafels and lavender handmade soap to Sweetleaf’s robust coffee and sweet kettal corn. The waterfront spot provided the perfect backdrop for a day sampling various treats. Here are just a few of my highlights:

Chicken Prego Sandwich and Lychee Ginger Ale from Woza
Savory chicken pounded with garlic and marinated with a hint of piri-piri on a Portuguese roll = yum. I also can’t wait to come back for another ginger ale during the dripping hot of months of summer.

Upstate Meatball Sandwich from Bill’s Balls
These aren’t your average meatballs. We shared the Upstate – a chicken meatball slathered with buffalo sauce and blue cheese and topped with celery chimichurri.

Cork Buds
Just launched, this vendor carved out wine and champagne corks to house baby succulent plants. What a simple, sweet way to spread a bit of green around the city.

Kosofresh Kimchi
If you don’t have room to try Kosofresh’s bibimap, you can take home their kimchi. This pickled Korean specialty adds a kick to a side of rice or a salad.

LIC Flea & Food will be open every Saturday and Sunday until fall.
Location: 46th Ave (at 5th St), Long Island City, NY 11101
Hours: 10am-6pm

Side note: Stay tuned for Astoria Flea! LIC Flea opens an outpost at Kaufman Astoria Studios on May 4th. Bill’s Balls will be there serving a special lamb meatball. I can’t wait to see what else is in store.

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