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Taiwanese Help Please

Wanda_Gorgonzola Sep 25, 2007 11:05 AM

A colleague and his boyfriend are interested in a trip to Flushing (or elsewhere) that focuses on Taiwanese.......I've searched the boards, but the info is buried in 50 reply posts about Chinese in general.

Any tips/names/locations/best dishes/places, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


P.S. The boyfriend is originally from Taiwan, so language barriers will not be an issue. Yeah!

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  1. Dogstar Sep 25, 2007 11:49 AM

    I don't have the details (my son may post later with more), but there is a small Taiwanese restaurant on Main St. near the LIE. The restaurant is very close to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Very personal and homey.

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      Dave_G Sep 25, 2007 09:37 PM

      On their takeout menu it says "Main Street Taiwanese Gourmet." It may say something different on their sign. Their address is 59-14 A Main Street. They don't get much mention on this board - probably because the subway is so far away--about a mile south of the Main Street 7/LIRR station.

      I've liked their casserole-type dishes, especially their three-cup chicken. Seems hard to go wrong with thai-basil and thick-sliced ginger that's been caramelized in a cup of sesame oil, but a lot of places stop cooking before caramelization occurs--they get the GBD (golden/brown/delicious) just about right.

      1. re: Dave_G
        TastyLlama Sep 26, 2007 11:47 AM

        I LOVE that place. Get yourself an oyster pancake... I never go without. I've never been dissatisfied thus far; good decor, charming waitstaff, not overly expensive, authentic...... seriously, a special place. Get some stewed organ meats and anything with chives!

        1. re: TastyLlama
          wew Sep 26, 2007 02:43 PM

          If you go to Taiwanese Gourmet with Taiwanese guests please report on the wall offerings (in chinese) .
          One time I was there another table called the food homey, which seems about right if they were lucky in the homes.

          1. re: wew
            Lau Sep 26, 2007 05:29 PM

            i found the name of the place its called "Taiwanese Specialties, aka Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet"


            1. re: wew
              Lau Sep 26, 2007 05:52 PM

              btw any thoughts as to which restaurant is better...Gu Xiang or the taiwanese restaurant 59-14 A Main Street ?

              1. re: wew
                Lau Sep 26, 2007 06:18 PM

                sorry last question, any thoughts on Yi Jia Restaurant on Kissena?


                1. re: wew
                  squid kun Sep 26, 2007 07:01 PM

                  Not sure when this pic (uploaded 1/25/07) was taken, but at some point the awning read Main St. Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet ... http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=113...

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            pynchoff Sep 25, 2007 12:06 PM

            Lin's on Broadway in Elmhurst is Taiwanese and quite good.

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              Woodside Al Sep 25, 2007 02:29 PM

              I second Lin's. It's on Broadway just east of the railroad tracks. I don't think they have any English signage on the outside, but you can tell it because the sign shows a map of Taiwan. Very nice people here too. The food is more Mandarin-style Taiwanese, so expect meat prepartions that may be somewhat oily, although I've also had good fish there. Another good Taiwanese place is Gu Xiang (English sign says "Gu-Shine") on 39th Ave. just west of Main St. in the heart of Flushing. Its food is more seafoody, although I've had quite good pork there too. It's much less comfortable than Lin's though, and is almost more a carryout with some tables.

              1. re: Woodside Al
                Lau Sep 25, 2007 08:06 PM

                are there any taiwanese places in flushing that are reasonable nice from a decor standpoint? I mean it doesnt have to be like super nice or anything, just not like some run down place

                Normally I could care less, but I'm going out to lunch with a some good friends one of whom just got married and it will be one of those longer type lunches where to chat for a while...definately going to flushing, but still deciding where to go and basically everyone is taiwanese so i figured maybe get some taiwanese food. Do you think gu xiang is too informal? Any other taiwanese recs? Or other recs for that manner? (most of the places i eat at in flushing are not very nice and i'm kind of blanking right now)

                1. re: Lau
                  Brian S Sep 26, 2007 09:56 AM

                  The Taiwanese place at the corner of 39 Av and Prince has fairly nice decor and is always crowded.... a good sign. As for other places, my favorite is Ocean Jewels... but you know about that.

                  I too like Lin's in Elmhurst and I'm glad to see someone mention it on this board.

                  1. re: Brian S
                    Lau Sep 26, 2007 01:03 PM

                    are you talking about the one thats like right on the corner and has a green onning, i think it's called "Lu's <something>" its like right across from that parking alot?

                    I do like ocean jewel, was thinking maybe imperial palace or waterfront international as i haven't tried either

                    1. re: Lau
                      Brian S Sep 26, 2007 06:11 PM

                      Yes, it's Lu's. I passed by there a few hours ago, on my way to Ocean Jewels. I've never tried Lu's... except years ago when it was Laifood.

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