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Dec 21, 2006 01:26 AM

Flushing Chinatown - Main Street

I'll be in the neighborhood soon, and wondering if there are any good ole' standard cantonese style noodle shops like East Corner Wonton or NY Noodletown in Manhattan chinatown. I've been to a few places in Flushing that I thought were cantonese style, but ended up being Taiwanese style, which is not as good. Not looking for a full fledged restaurant like East Buffet, just a noodle joint that has roast meats.

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  1. I am not sure the name of it, but the noodle shop that I eat at and that was referred by a chinese friend is the one on main street accross from the starbucks but on the same side of the street. You really cannot miss it because it has a huge bowl on top of the building. This is always packed and I think their wonton noodle soup is the best. I beleive this place to be cantonese, but I am not an expert.

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    1. re: bebe

      Is this the noodle shop on the corner that has a few ducks hanging in front, a few steps from the overpass? If so, I think it's a taiwanese joint.

      I ate there last time, but couldn't recall the name. What helped me figure out your suggestion was that I recall while eating there last time, a lady was enjoying a cup of coffee at a Starbucks across the street by the window bar, and a perv was standing outside Starbucks pretending to be on the phone, but instead, was trying to look up her skirt through the window (even squatting to look). He was there for 20 minutes pretending to talk on the phone.

      Anyways, I might have to try it again. I ordered a noodle soup with some duck and the duck was tasteless. The place was bustling though.

    2. There is a Cantonese noodle/rice shop on Roosevelt Avenue West of Main Street. Its on the South Side of the street and near the entrance to the subway (across the street is Dunkin Donuts). That is a Cantonese place. They got decent roast pork there.

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      1. re: designerboy01

        Thanks. Do you recall what the name of the joint is?

        1. re: Chownut

          i'm pretty sure designerboy is referring to flushing noodle shop. old-school cantonese place, still pretty decent.

          1. re: surly

            Thanks you are right. I just have a tendency to walk in and ignore the signs. You should see roast meats out front in the window.

            1. re: designerboy01

              Thanks guys..appreciate it.

              BTW, what's the best chinese bakery in that general area?

              1. re: Chownut

                What do you want to get at the bakery? Anything specific?

                1. re: designerboy01

                  General stuff...jee bow don go, low paw beng, gai mei bow, cha seew bow, dahn taht, baw loh bow, etc.

                  1. re: Chownut

                    I usually go to Tai Pan on Main Street despite the fact its a Taiwanese Bakery. Did you ever try the thousand year old egg pastry? Some people don't like it but its for adventerous eaters. Also if you travel in Hong Kong you will find a low gung beng in TST to match the wife. I believe the story is that the husband lost the wife during the war. And one day he was eating at someone's house he recognized the pastry that his wife use to make and found his wife cooking there. That is why its called Wife's Cake (Low Paw Beng).

                2. re: Chownut

                  I'm very much partial to Fay Da on 4160 Main (I think its between 41st Rd. and Sanford Ave.). I'm not fond of Chinese bakeries in general, but their sponge cakes are to die for. Lightest, melt-in-your-mouth pastry you'll ever eat (when they're fresh).

              2. re: surly

                The address for Flushing Noodle Shop is 135-42 Roosevelt Ave. Of course as the only game in town, you will probably pay more than what you're used to paying for Cantonese noodles.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  I'll definitely try it. Price wise though, what do you mean by more? I think at East Corner wonton, a wonton/duck noodle soup may cost you about $4.25. What about at the Flushing Noodle Shop?

                  How much per lb for roast pig and for a whole roast duck?

                  Also, have you ever eaten at the jing fong next to the public parking lot behind the hong kong market? I was in the area not long ago and was desperate for some good food. I went into that huge restaurant, but it was dead empty except for a table of tourists. I looked at the menu and nothing caught my eye. Also, where did the Great Wall market relocate to?

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    I never noticed it was more expensive and quite like any other noodle shop in NY.

            2. One which I think might be Cantonese (but might be Taiwanese) is King 5 Noodle House, 39-07 Prince
              (718) 888-1268 I seem to remember a place called Canton Gourmet farther up Prince St that sold noodles (as well as more elaborate stuff)

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              1. re: Brian S

                king 5 noodle is taiwanese. my taiwanese friend told me that their taiwanese-style breakfasts are excellent. only available until around 12:30 or 1pm, though.

                1. re: surly

                  I'm not surprised. I'm in Tulsa and my King 5 menu (both Flushing and Elmhurst branch) is in NYC. I'll remember this the next time someone asks where to get Taiwanese breakfast, as someone did recently.

                  1. re: Brian S

                    King 5, which also has a branch - or at least used to have one - on Broadway in Elmhurst, serves up a Beef Noodle Soup that is about as rich and as meaty as it gets. The broth is like tasting pure beef. It will hold you over for hours. Highly recommended.

                    As for bakeries, I'm partial to the Mayflower, on Main, not far from the corner of 41st, a few paces away from Chao Zhou (the restaurant with the big bowl of noodles on the roof). They are Cantonese, if I'm not mistaken. They have these big long fried doughy pastries, a sweet and salty taste at the same time - I forgot the name, but they look exactly like the hispanic Churascos sold on subway platforms and street corners throughout the city. Completely different taste, though. They also have decent dumplings, egg custard buns, strong coffee, the works.

                    1. re: Polecat

                      that same taiwanese friend i mentioned above emailed me the other day about this great breakfast item he had at mayflower. it's called "CongYou-DanBing Jia Nio-Ro" (scallion/egg pancake with beef, cilantro, onions, and bean paste). he said it was really good, and that it's fairly similar to the "scallion pancake rolled with beef" at king 5 noodle, except that it has a few extra ingredients such as egg and cilantro. while i haven't eaten the version at mayflower, i can attest that at king 5 noodle it is delicious.

                      1. re: surly

                        Thanks for the tip. I get over there about once every week, so I'll check it out. The dumplings, three for a dollar, are also pretty good, and the firmest I've had in NYC; they have yet to fall apart on me.

                2. I heard that Eastlake will be revived somewhere on the Main street strip. Anybody heard this also?

                  1. Stopped by Flushing Noodle Shop today in hopes of chowing down on some delicious noodles and roast meats. To my disappointment, there was a big sign on the door that said "closed by order of NY health dept." There were some people inside the restaurant doing some serious cleanup.

                    Disappointed, I went to the Flushing Mall and found it a bit grungy. Finally found the lower level food court, and most of the shops served taiwanese food. We ended up getting a few bowls of noodle soup at the "hand pulled noodle shop." Got the beef tendon, beef brisket, and dumpling noodle soup. I at first asked for the duck noodle soup, but they didn't have any duck, so thus the dumpling noodle soup. Dumplings had pork and chives, and the skin was thick and doughy. The noodles were pretty good, and the soup broth tasty. Each bowl was only $4.25.

                    Walked throughout flushing and didn't find any noodle shops that had a trace of roast meats hanging by the front window, so overall, was disappointed. I know that some grocery stores offer roast meats, but based on my experience, it's not that good. Ended up getting some baked goods at Tai Pan, which were great.

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                    1. re: Chownut

                      There is another one further along Main Street towards Starbucks if you are coming from Roosevelt. I don't know the name, but the roast meats don't look too appetizing. You have to walk past Starbucks and its on the same side of the street. Once you see roast meats in the window that is it.

                      1. re: designerboy01

                        do you mean the place on the corner? you pass starbucks, cross the street, and it's right there. it looked very busy on saturday, but yeah - i'd say the meats don't look amazing.
                        has anyone tried the fried chicken from aa plaza? it's the long snack bar next to the main st lirr station. there are several windows serving scallion pancake, buns, noodles with meat sauce, spring rolls, etc but i noticed that by every window there was also a big batch of what looked like american-style fried chicken. not listed on the menu. it looked delicious.

                        1. re: wleatherette

                          The place under the LIRR is really good. I"ve never had the fried chicken, but the scallion pancakes and shrimp noodles are very good there.

                          1. re: LloydG

                            i'd like to try to fried chicken soon. as i said, it looked great. frankly, i was kind of shocked to see it there. i know that chinese takeout places do "fried chicken with pork fried rice" kind of stuff, but this seemed quite different.

                            1. re: wleatherette

                              I know what you mean. It looks much tastier. I'm partial to their scallion pancakes, which I grab on the run to the 7 train.

                              There also used to be a guy who selled fried chicken on the street, caddy corner from the library, on the kissena side. Perhaps he still frequents that corner, but I haven't seen him in a while. I know there is still a street food guy on that corner, but I think he sells food of the kebab and meat variety.

                              1. re: Polecat

                                the guy that was there this past weekend had a "traditional xinjiang barbecue" cart, cooking kebabs over coals. we tried the lamb - very tasty and smoky, and VERY fatty.

                              2. re: wleatherette

                                get the baozi there, there really cheap (4 for $1) and they're good...i think theyre listed as xiao lon bao, but they're not like the shanghainese soup dumplings, its like a steamed bao with juicy pork in the middle