Slideshow: Scenes from the 7th Annual Taste of Long Island City

Casa Enrique
Casa Enrique
This 3-month-old Mexican restaurant had a tasty guacamole on homemade chips, refreshing tostadas de jaiba, or crab tostadas, and authentic coctel de camaron, Mexican-style shrimp cocktail, served on saltine crackers, just like on the beach in Mexico. But one of the best things offered here, and perhaps one of my favorite tastes of the whole night, was their agua de horchata, or rice milk drink, which was incredibly creamy, and not too sweet.
Bear
Bear
Another of my favorite bites, Bear chef Natasha Pogrebinsky offered overflowing plates of slow-roasted duck, veal ravioli, and buckwheat with apples that tasted like the best version of kasha varnishkes ever.
Pachanga Patterson
Pachanga Patterson
Another Mexican bite, this time slow-braised pork tacos from Pachanga Patterson, served on small Nixtamal tortillas, topped with fresh cilantro and onion. A flavorful sample that made me want to try more.
Alobar
Alobar
Alobar, along with their bison and chipotle sausage topped with baked beans and cheese sauce, handed out beautiful bags of their signature maple bacon popcorn, a nice touch for those of us (ok, me) too full to sample more food. It made for a perfect sweet, salty, and crunchy midnight snack.
LIC Market
LIC Market
Merguez meatballs with currants and coconut curry over rice, along with a bright orange tomato gazpacho were the flavorful, international, and artfully arranged offerings from LIC Market.
Lounge 47
Lounge 47
Braised pork belly buns with pickled vegetables from Lounge 47 was another great taste of LIC. The pork belly was tender and sweet, the veggies added crunch and brightness, and the bun was spongy and soft.
Ihawan 2
Ihawan 2
The Filipino spot, an outpost of the original Ihawan in Woodside, was offering lumpia and this very tasty avocado shake. A beautiful pale green, lightly sweetened avocado smoothie with tiny chunks of avocado cleared the palate, and I was ready to taste some more.
Beyond Kombucha
Beyond Kombucha
Spiro Theofilatos is pasionate about his Kombucha, and will tell you all about his "artisan fermented tea." I particularly enjoyed the yerba mate flavor, which he brews strong, as he told me. Fizzy and refreshing.
Malu
Malu
The line was perpetually long at the mom-and-pop-ice-cream-shop table, and I was happy to finally sample the chocolate-shiraz rocky road and the fresh watermelon sorbet, sweet and clean-tasting, and served with a smile by the owner, Sergio Garcia.
Sage General Store
Sage General Store
Sage General Store was sampling sweets; the chocolate mousse pie with a thick graham cracker crust was a great bite. It wasn't just sweet—the creamy mousse had a noticeable addition of salt that took the simple dessert into delicious territory.
Mitchmallows
Mitchmallows
Mitchmallows, gourmet marshmallows made in Queens, has all sorts of flavors of specialty marshmallows, like wine and cheese, creamsicle, and blueberry, but my personal favorite is the ginger wasabi. Spicy and sweet, and a pretty pale green, with an airy texture and a good bite.
Cranky's
Cranky's
Cranky's French Creole Cuisine was giving out mac and cheese and other, heavy dinner fare, but I was captivated by their beignets, a dessert dish best served straight from the fryer. Although it may be much more delicious when freshly made, the yeast donut topped with caramel sauce was my last bite of the night, and I left with a good last taste to bring me home.