My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells
Now that we've heard the sad news that a rapacious landlord is kicking facsimile Montreal diner M. Wells out of its location on one of Long Island City's most obscure blocks, it's time to gaze back fondly at one year of wonderful dining.
I was in on the secret from the start, and after eating there six or seven times, I lost count. I couldn't do an actual review, because I knew co-owner Sarah Obraitis from a food expedition a couple of years ago. So I did the next best thing -- I took pictures and occasionally posted them on Fork in the Road.
Well, all good things must end, and it's always sooner than we would have liked. Yes, I know a new location is said be imminent, but I'll miss that hike up the trash-strewn subway steps, and furtive look over my shoulder as I dashed into the old streamlined diner.
Here, then, are my 20 favorite dishes, in reverse chronological order. Remember, the place was first open only for breakfast, then breakfast and lunch, and, finally, lunch and dinner, and it began with simple concepts and progressed to more complicated ones. I will never forget the food, or the excitement of eating it for the first time.