Over ninety vendors and thousands of visitors showed up for the overwhelmingly successful launch of the LIC Flea & Food this weekend, which commandeered a lot overlooking the Long Island City waterfront at 5-25 46th Avenue. And one of the most anticipated merchants showed up on Father’s Day with a famous microwave-and-griddle duet that had a line formed as soon as it opened.
M. Wells Dinette chef Hugue Dufour is bringing back his wildly popular breakfast sandwich this summer, and he’ll only serve it here. Inspired by the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin, the sandwich is built on a fresh, warm, chewy English muffin and stacked with a thick Berkshire sausage patty that sings of nutmeg and sage, a substantial egg pillow first microwaved for fluffiness and then finished on the griddle, tangy pickled jalapeños, dripping ribbons of melted cheddar, sweet and juicy heirloom tomato, and a generous slathering of homemade mayonnaise. It’s possible that this is the perfect breakfast sandwich. Be sure to ask for extra napkins.
The famous sausage-and-egg stack was retired with the close of the popular diner in Hunters Point, but Dufour and his wife, Sarah Obraitis, thought it would be the perfect dish for the market. “It’s just for the flea,” confirms Obraitis. So fans at of the dinette at MOMA P.S. 1 will have to trek outdoors toward the East River to sate their cravings.
M. Wells Dinette will be at the Flea on Sundays all summer; come back to Fork in the Road tomorrow for more news on the LIC event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, including what else you’ll find to eat.