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LIC Flea and Food: What's new for 2016

LIC Flea & Food reopens on the Long Island City waterfront on Saturday, April 9.

Along with returning favorites like Butcher Bar, Jessy's Empanadas and an all-Queens brewed beer garden, new food and vintage vendors will be open for business.

Get ready to drink, shop and eat outside, all with beautiful skyline views.

Here are the new vendors we're looking forward to checking out.

Rib in a Cup

Just what it sounds like and more, Rib
Photo Credit: Rib in a Cup

Just what it sounds like and more, Rib in a Cup brings a slightly less messy way to enjoy your ribs outdoors. $4 menu items include smoked ribs in barbecue sauce, a mac and cheese waffle, fried chicken and cheddar and pepper jack grilled cheese with homemade tomato soup, all served in -- you guessed it -- a paper cup. Founder Michael Brandl grew up working in his grandfather's Long Island City deli, and after inventing the original rib in a cup while camping at a music festival, he merged his prior business skills with culinary and catering experience to found Rib in a Cup. "I see Long Island City as a hub for incoming New Yorkers seeking exciting new experiences and cuisine," Brandl said.

La Maison Du Souffle

Portuguese-born and Paris-raised chef Pedro Da Silva has
Photo Credit: La Maison Du Souffle

Portuguese-born and Paris-raised chef Pedro Da Silva has a passion for French food. Upon arriving in New York, he found that soufflés had a reputation as being an "arduous dessert" that were found only in fine dining. Da Silva wanted to make the decadent treat more casual and accessible, so he developed his own recipe and found the perfect disposable ramekin that "retained the level of heat needed for the perfect rise and airy yet rich mouth feel," he explained. He's excited to introduce New Yorkers to his chocolate soufflé, but warns that "it's quite addictive." A "generously sized dark chocolate soufflé" with "local cream lightly whipped" costs $10 and takes seven minutes to bake upon ordering.

Maggiebeth Vintage

Native New Yorker and current Queens resident Elisabeth
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Native New Yorker and current Queens resident Elisabeth Stern is debuting her long-term dream, Maggiebeth Vintage, at LIC Flea and Food. The former archivist and librarian will share her passion for antiques, collectibles and vintage style with vintage pieces, from elegant to kitchsy, in a collection of "curated nostalgia."

Amollisoap

This all-natural, handmade soap is created from olive
Photo Credit: Amollisoap

This all-natural, handmade soap is created from olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil and exotic butters. All the soaps are made at founder Ella Diaz's home in Queens and have previously been available online and at Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg. Soap bars start at $8 and 10 percent of sales support the Good Dog Foundation and Second Chance Rescue. Cupcake shaped soaps and bath supplies will also be for sale at LIC Flea & Food.

RiPurpose

This Waverly, Pennsylvania-based refurbished and handmade furniture purveyor
Photo Credit: RiPurpose

This Waverly, Pennsylvania-based refurbished and handmade furniture purveyor will give "Flea Market Flip" contestants a run for their money. Antique pieces are dried, flattened, shaped and painted or stained with chalk or milk paint for a distressed finish. RiPurpose works exclusively with recycled materials and reclaimed wood in their one-of-a-kind creations, with customizable options and orders also available. Expect to find custom trunk slice coffee tables, live edge accents, industrial tables and distressed antiques at RiPurpose's LIC Flea & Food stall.

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