Catch Me Up on Flushing Chinese!
Between being on the road for months and working hard re: the whole site transition thing, I've not been to Flushing for Chinese in nearly a year. Which is an eternity in Flushing.
What I'd love is a cheat sheet...just a distilled group of suggestions re: what's killer there right now. I don't need a thorough tutorial; if I wanted the detailed view, I'd read through the 97 gajillion threads. :)
With an emphasis on the sort of places not requiring a big group (I don't have time to organize groups...I mostly eat alone or with a friend or two), can any hounds who are real "up" on Flushing bring me up to date on what's new and unmissable these days?
Is there a single standout Sichuan?
What's the dumpling situation?
What's the latest with food courts? Is the one on main just south of Roosevelt still good?
Latest exploits from my friend "King"
Current quality level at the old guard (Laif Food, Sweet and Tart, Joe's, etc)
I know all the answers to these issues from a year ago. I'm hoping for cutting-edge updates. Is anyone out there way up on it all?
Sichuan: Two good, cheap Sichuan joints in the food courts: Sichuan Chengdu, toward the back of J&L Mall at 41-82 Main, and Chengdu Tian Fu, in the basement at 41-28 Main (downstairs from where Polecat found the great lamb noodle soup).
Dumplings: Two HLing tips are must-tries: Noodle House (a.k.a. Nan Shan Crab Soup Bun), 38-12 Prince, for soup dumplings. And Best North Dumpling Shop, in a new shopping center at Prince and Roosevelt, for Shandong-style boiled dumplings. The first is a sit-down restaurant; the second isn't, unless you manage to score one of the handful of folding chairs.
Other food court news: I think the one you're referring to is Mayflower. It's half its previous size; the southern storefront is now a bank. The big, unusually fresh buffet at the back is still there, also the bakery in front; between them are a couple other counters, one of them offering Shanghai-style snackish stuff, as I recall. But there's more interesting stuff at Flushing Mall, J&L and 41-28 Main.
Noodles: It's Korean, not Chinese, but I love the thick wheat noodles with seafood at Arirang, 137-38 Northern Blvd. If it ever gets cold, I'll be back there.
More Korean: Han Shin Pocha, a.k.a. Goo Gong Tan (reported on by E Eto), is high on my list - an authentic pub-like eating and drinking hangout. Shellfish grilled at your table sounds like the smart order. This is part of the cluster of Korean joints around Murray Hill LIRR. Others I'd like to try: Su San for live seafood and Mapo for barbecue.
Wow Jim! Welcome back! I'm currently in exile in Tulsa but a few quick thoughts. For Sichuan, don't forget Little Pepper, the new kid on the block. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/311139 Going there's always an adventure; once I ordered from the Chinese specials posted on the wall and the whole restaurant applauded. Now they want me to do it every time. This hasnt happened since I was two years old and my grandfather's brother used to take me to restaurants so I could impress everyone by reading the menu.
For Cantonese, several new places including Imperial Palace and maybe Ocean Jewels. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/331182
That 41-82 mall is perhaps NY's most Chinese total immersion experience. I've loved it ever since I first went a year ago (thanks to H Ling's tip on Chowhound) http://www.chowhound.com/topics/248021
I believe that Laifood has given way to Lu's (also Taiwanese) but I'm not sure because my menu collection is in NYC. Some people recommend Gu Shine, but I've never been; I go to Lin's (formerly David's) in Elmhurst. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/247501
I agree...Spicy and Tasty on Prince St. between Roosevelt and 39th Ave is consistently great. Im Italian but my wife is Chinese, and believe me it helps. But I see alot more American faces there since they were written up in the New York magazine, in fact it was one of the top 10 for Cheap Eats.
Joe's Shanghai on 37th Ave near Main Street is great also. Usually packed. But the wait is worth it.
Korean - Kim Gom Song on N. Blvd just east of Union Street, parking in rear, look for driveway between 2 buildings, its unmarked.
re: Jim Leff
Spicy and Tasty remains excellent as usual for Sichuan, and Waterfront International seems to be getting some attention for Liaoning cuisine. I've eaten there about 4 times in the past month and each time seems to get better, definitely try the Crispy Lamb with Chilli Pepper. I was turned on to this place by this post: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/34783...
For Szechuan, one of the best threads of the year, in my opinion, is about the mall at 41-82 Main. Sorry I can't give you the cheat sheet on this, but check it out:
Re noodles (in soup), I recently had a kick-ass bowl of Lamb Noodle Soup at the back of the ground floor of the neighboring mall, at 41-28 Main. (Admittedly, I'm the only hound to have tried it thus far, so there's no consensus opinion yet) Here's the thread for that one:
Re Korean: There's lots of buzz about the Murray Hill scene. I'm glad to see more specialized cuisine popping up, Korean food for Koreans. That means, amongst other things, Korean Fried Chicken. Pending more outings to other places, my joint of choice is, thus far, Mani Mani (163-24 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY ph: 718-539-0288). You can get two different kinds, one regular with a tangy spicy red sauce, the other with a smokey glaze. Get a heaping combined plate of both, and go crazy with one of their overpriced pitchers of beer.
Here's an excellent post on the Murray Hill scene:
Welcome back. P.