Sep 20, 2011

Coming Soon to LIC – Bear

We were recently contacted by the people at the new (opening soon) LIC restaurant Bear (no, this is not their bear, or even a representative of the restaurant, but he is a (…)

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We were recently contacted by the people at the new (opening soon) LIC restaurant Bear (no, this is not their bear, or even a representative of the restaurant, but he is a handsome bear devil, isn’t he?!). We received a press release yesterday and wanted to share it with you.

I will say, I love that a “farm-to-table” restaurant that focuses on seasonal ingredients is opening up locally. I took a look at the menu, and the things that especially caught my eye were the cheese and charcuterie plate and the herring appetizers; the slow roasted duck and the pork sausage entrees; and the butternut squash gnocchi, the chili oil anchovies, and the roasted beet salad on the bar snacks menu.

Overall, though, the menu looks fabulous.

Vegetarian and vegan options will be available, too!

NEW YORK, NY, September 15, 2011 – Bear – a full-service restaurant and bar – is slated to open this fall in Long Island City, Queens.

The restaurant will serve gourmet lunch, dinner, and brunch, and the bar will serve gourmet snacks and cocktails, along with a choice of fine wines and liquors.

Bear will offer its guests 60 comfortable seats in the dining room and bar. The interior will feature walls tiled in glistening glass, custom made furniture, and lamps adorned by Swarovski crystals. The bar will feature a row of sleek swivel stools with comfortable backs and an elegant dark counter that leads into an open kitchen where guests can catch a glimpse of the Executive Chef.

Bear is proud to announce that the culinary team will be headed by Executive Chef and Owner, Natasha Pogrebinsky.

An experienced chef whose work The New York Times described as “delicious” and “carefully composed,” Pogrebinsky honed her skills and developed an original and unique style while working for acclaimed chefs and restaurants. Building on the vast culinary traditions of Europe, Chef Pogrebinsky has connected the old with the new through bold and sophisticated flavors, seasonal ingredients, and a farm-to-table approach, a style which the Chef has labeled as New European Cuisine.

The staff and management team will provide the best in service and customer satisfaction, and make sure that each guest feels at home in our sophisticated yet casual environment.

Bear is excited to be opening in the beautiful and vibrant neighborhoods of Long Island City/Astoria, located just one block from Hallets Cove on the East River with the spectacular skyline of Roosevelt Island and Manhattan’s Upper East Side beyond it. The restaurant is also just two blocks north of Socrates Sculpture Park, a popular New York destination known for its eclectic events and the GrowNYC Greenmarket on Saturdays.

Bear is also a five-minute walk from the world-renowned Noguchi Museum, and is only steps away from several luxurious developments such as the East River Tower, The Piano Factory, and Hallets Cove Condominiums.

We are proud to open our doors in this beautiful and growing community, and we cannot wait to invite our neighbors, friends, and all New Yorkers this fall for lunch, dinner, brunch, and evening  drinks at Bear.

12-14 31st Avenue, Long Island City

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About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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