So what's new? (looking for Flushing Chinese, or any cuisine in JH/Elmhurst and Astoria)
I've been away far too long (since December) but I'm back for a while. I don't have to tell you I will check out my old faves ... but what's new? The last meal I had in NY was at the just-opened Burmese Cafe. Has anything as good come along since?
Not exactly new - and this is only an option if you're a half-crazed early riser like myself - but have you ever checked out the early morning scene in Flushing?
I'm speaking specifically of two early morning hubs - the Mayflower and Everbest, the former on Main, the latter on Kissena, facing each other like gunfighters on either side of the library. There's also the Northern Chinese Breakfast options at J&L - up the street - at 41-28 Main (but then that wonderful joint has gotten its' share of coverage - worth a few trips in and of itself).
The food is good at these places, yeah, but it's the total scene I'm recommending - worthy of a thread all its' own when I get the energy - the late night workers getting off their shifts brushing past the early morning guys just starting theirs, the insomniacs and stray characters (like myself), all huddled over newspapers, buns, coffee, noodle soup. Nothing like some hot soup at 6:30 am, big winding football sized steamed bun, looking like something out of a Magritte painting, perfect for tearing, dunking. Although I'm partial to the congee, and the early morning picture window view, at Everbest, I really dig the cold tea selection at Mayflower, Flushing's best in that regard - go for the green tea with ginseng floating up from the bottom, like some beautiful undersea forest of vines. Mayflower serves up items I haven't seen anywhere else in NYC, such as Ying/Yang style pancakes, big flat muthas with eggs cooked right into the dough. Greasy yeah, but good nonetheless.
Anyhow, Brian, a 6:30 am trip to Flushing might not yield anything new, no. But it's pretty good as welcome wagons go in this great old town.
When I was in NY in early July there appeared to be a couple of new places opening in the Flushing Mall (downtairs). One that particularly intrigued me had a big (60-item) menu sign up which seemed to feature Shanghainese small eats. The signage was all in Chinese except for a small hand-written one saying it was "coming soon." I'm dying for some reports on it before my next trip to NY (which might come in October) but no one has yet reported on it despite my pleas....
A lot of people on the Manhattan board tell people to steer clear of Manhattan Chinatown and head for Flushing. But for Cantonese in Flushing, there are not that many stellar options. Ocean Jewels and Imperial Palace and maybe one or two I havent tried on 37 St, like Gala Manor. Are there any others?
From memory, the best places in Flushing are these. Am I leaving any out?????
Sichuan -- Spicy& tasty, Little Pepper
Manchurian -- Waterfront Intl
Eclectic northern -- a fan ti
Cantonese -- Imperial Palace, Ocean Jewel
What am I leaving out?? (not counting the malls, which are a different story)
re: Brian S
While I like Gala Manor for dim sum, I don't think they do as well for their dinner menu. The last time we were there (6 months to a year ago), we were pretty disappointed. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find my original post on that and the brain cells with the specifics of our disappointment no longer seem to have died.
On the subject of Cantonese fare, I forgot to mention Full House on 38th Avenue. We've been there quite a few times and always have been happy with both the food and the service.
Around this past Chinese New Year, we had live Alaskan King Crab. They prepared it 3 styles. One was the legs steamed in garlic, the shell steamed in egg yolk, and the body stir fried in garlic. Each was amazing.