This is LIC Spot’s first installment of “LIC Confidential”: @skimsuekim investigates LIC’s local secrets:
One of the best perks of being an LIC resident is free admission to PS1 MoMA. And unequivocally, one of the best parts of PS1 is the M. Wells Dinette. (You might remember the collective sigh of foodies when their diner location closed last year or the horsemeat kerfuffle earlier this fall.)
So surely with all this commotion, they must have a secret menu item or two up their sleeves?
Well, no. Not really.
But, their menu changes often so while not so secret, it continues to evolve and be a surprise. Here’s what we ordered off this weekend’s menu and a description of the flavors that pleasantly piqued our interest.
Spotted: French Onion Soup
This was nuclear hot when it arrived in its miniature black cauldron. We shamelessly burnt our mouth on this but it was totally worth it – bacon was its secret ingredient. And when it actually cooled down, the depth of flavor was even richer.
Spotted: Tomato Pot
A thick tomato sauce moat surrounded a poached egg with melted Parmesan and pesto on top. A baguette was served on the side as a vehicle for all the yumminess.
Spotted: Bi Bim Wells
This was the star of the show… an exquisite exhibition of the inventiveness we’ve come to expect from the artisans here. A gochujang sauce brought the heat while the avocado, shaved foie gras, and a poached egg delivered the opulence against the crispness of the vegetables (carrots, cucumbers and scallion). Seafood was the heart of the dish – a Rhode Island oyster, perfectly seasoned tuna with seaweed and smoked scallop katsuobushi floored this patron with its complexity… (oh mommy, umami!)
Spotted: Banana Custard Pie
A layer of bananas underneath a crème brulee inside of a vanilla wafer crust on top of a homemade whipped cream cloud. Every bit as good as it sounds.
Spotted: Iced Espresso (Not on the menu!! Yeah, doesn’t really count, does it?)
M. Wells Dinette
Located inside MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY
Weekends 10am to 6pm
Weekdays 12noon to 6pm
Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays