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I need Rego Park & Flushing Recommendations

I'll be visiting Queens this weekend. Actually I'll be staying in Rego Park while some visiting Midwesterners make my apartment in the East Village their home.

What do I eat? Where do I go? I want good food. I am not looking for ambiance or service. Just good food. Also I'd like to do dim sum in Flushing this Sunday. Or should I not do dim sum because I'll be by myself? Anyone care to join? I have a feeling JFores has all my answers. Jfores.........

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  1. dim sum is a must and is always fun alone. i do JADE ASIAN for dim sum and on a sunday you will be seated with other people which is always fine with me.

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    1. re: chefjellynow

      But doesn't that mean I'll have to finish each small plate by myself rather than being able to share it? That way I'll end up full soon and without tasting many of their dim sum offerings.

      1. re: MostSalmonForYourRupee

        HEHE, good Q most salmon. when i go alone which is basically everytime, i always ask them to wrap for takeout any pieces i do not eat. i always have some good leftovers. but for the most part i finish most plates. i usually order on average 5-7 plates

    2. Go to Chengdu Heaven in Flushing. Also check out the other stalls in the same mall. It is divine and it will culture shock the hell out of your Midwestern guests which is oodles of fun. Make sure to print the translated menus courtesy of Brian S and Joe. As noted, check the Chengdu Heaven post for all of this. Another stall in there serves up delicious biang biang mien with lamb and other dishes from Xi'an. Still more have Fujianese fish balls, hand pulled noodles, and then there's a really good pork/chive dumpling place in the back. Overall, that mall is not to be missed. A new mall has started up just down the block and on ground level, but the Szechuan food I've had there has not yet compared to Chengdu Heaven. BTW, if it's a Monday (and some Thursday!!!) the good chef at Chengdu Heaven is out and they won't be able to do all of the really good menu. If he's in then I rec shredded stomach ma la from middle, ma po do fu from towards the exit, water cooked beef (lacking in beef though), fish and tofu, oh God so many. I love that place.

      While not being in Rego Park, Arzu or Cheburechnaya both serve up some insane kebabs and Uzbek food in better. I prefer Arzu because their lagman is head and shoulders above that served at Cheb, though I miss Cheb's lamb fat kebabs. I believe Arzu is cheaper too. Arzu is REALLY cheap. Chengdu Heaven too. If you want to sit down after doing so much stall eating in Flushing THEN do dim sum as you'll be snacking and paying per portion anyway so you guys can just grab one of each thing instead of really going wild. Everything in Flushing is within easy walking distance too!

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      1. re: JFores

        Thanks JFores for taking the time. I'll be spending most of my eating time in Flushing. So your tips help. I am hoping all these places are a short hop from the Flushing # 7 train stop.

        1. re: MostSalmonForYourRupee

          Second and third whatever JFores says. I really like the Xi'an food stall. If you only have room for a snack, order the rou bing (spiced lamb in a bun) although the friendly owner will try to tempt you into ordering the lamb noodles.

          In Flushing as well - search the board for A Fan Ti. Great food from the Xinjiang region of China. Really good lamb dishes, and the enoki mushroom/cucumber salad is awesome.

          If you want to go to an Uzbek restaurant (and are not tired of lamb yet), make sure it's on a Sunday evening when all 3-4 generations of Uzbek families descend onto Cheb or Arzu. Maybe the patriarchs will send over a bottle of tequila, like they did when I went there.

          As for dimsum - I've never done it on my own. It'll definitely be a challenge finishing all the food. Maybe stroll over to Malaysia Restaurant (135-17 40th Rd) and order a Hainanese Chicken Rice. Or the BBQ skate dish - I was in heaven the last time I tried it. Get the roti canai too - I thought it was the best version of all the Malaysian restaurants I've eaten at.

          1. re: yt28

            Just one minor correction to yt28's post above. A Fan Ti is currently closed. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Flushing and I stopped by there about 3 weeks ago. The doors were locked and there was obvious construction going on. You just reminded me to call so I did (it's 12:30 on Saturday). The good news is that there was no answer, much better than a recording that says the phone has been disconnected. Hopefully, they'll be back soon.

            1. re: el jefe

              A Fan Ti is closed?!!! I hope it's not permanent! I love that place to bits!

      2. I still like Tangra Wok and Istanbul on QB.

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        1. re: esyle

          Cheburichnaya, on 63rd Drive btwn Austin and Wetherole IS in the heart of Rego Park, and I agree with the rec. Arzu is on Queens Blvd and 67th Rd, technically two blocks outside RP, but I haven't mustered the courage to try it.
          Depending on where in Rego Park you are, you could do worse than trying Pio Pio on Woodhaven Blvd for excellent Peruvian chicken.
          I'd avoid Tangra Wok. If you want Indian/Chinese, Tangra Masala on Grand Ave 1/2 block off Queens Blvd in Elmhurst is the place to go.

          1. re: el jefe

            Thanks. I have been to Tangra Masala once before. It's good to go in a group. Everyone here seems to like Istanbul and I have read Chowhounds recommend Pio Pio before. So will have to try them both.

          2. re: esyle

            I agree, esyle. Those are my two favorite restaurants in Rego Park. Don't miss the Gobi Manchurian at Tangra Wok. And the appetizer assortment at Istanbul is just delicious!

            1. re: Anne

              Yes! I agree about the Gobi, maybe a bit too much ginger for my liking, but I love the heat. Their soups are great too. At Istanbul, all the dips are great and that app w/the feta melted inside is to die for. May need to take a stroll there for lunch soon and sit out back now that the weather is getting nicer..

          3. Also check out Bagelette (they changed owners a couple years ago, so I don't like them nearly as much, but they are certainly okay to satisfy the bagel cravings--they used to have killer salmon salad and herring salad, as well, and good tuna salad with vegetable) on 63rd Rd down the street from Sears complex--and there's a takeout Russian deli next door to it that has some good stuff----there's also an Israeli Restuarant, called On the Grill that's on Queens Blvd near to 65th Ave--I think..it's on the south side of Queens Blvd...they've got good falafel and all the fixin's so walk on the side where you see Platinum Gym and head east and you'll hit it within a couple blocks. Stay away from the new vegan place, Terra Sana, it seems to uniformly suck. The Istanbul place has very good eggplant salad. Also, if you walk down 64th ave to 108th Street, there's a bunch of Russian deli stuff, and my favorite Israeli grocery store, Carmel, where you can get a good asst of dried fruits, nuts, pita, yogurt cheese, and lots of Israeli import stuff.. very busy and popular little place.

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            1. re: janie

              Some of the kosher places may be closed for Passover, which ends Sunday, so just a word to the wise.

              1. re: janie

                Thanks Janie. That's very kind of you. I'd really try to get to the Israeli grocery store and buy some specialties from Israel.

              2. knish nosh of course, andre's for their cheese puffs, but beyond that, can't think of any amazing standouts aside from the uzbek brigade (and it is very good eats). 108th street on the north side of queens blvd has some interesting shops and things tho. wish there was something particularly niche/chow-worthy but those are the only things that come to mind. skip tangra wok tho and the whole of austin street (is that mean?).

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                1. re: bigjeff

                  andre's not just for the cheese puffs (in fact, i don't think i've ever had the cheese puffs there) but for the chocolate kugelopf, the rugelach, and the strudel (not the apple, but the poppy and the cherry)

                  and the lagman at arzu is very good--nice homemade noodles.

                  1. re: missmasala

                    ya I thought everybody knew about the rugelach and the poppy strudel too but they have these lemon cheese puffs dusted w/ confectioners: out of control good.

                  2. re: bigjeff

                    The op asked for Rego Park, not Forest Hills....so, yes, Knish Nosh and Andre's, but they are Forest Hills---for the record. Tangra Wok gets some love on this board, but I thought I'm in the minority for not liking it...the place is steeped in msg---

                    1. re: janie

                      well, a hop and a skip I guess. if 67th ave is supposed to be the dividing line (or sometimes the north-south split of queens blvd), then so be it. depends on where they're staying, some of the woodhaven blvd recs are not exactly close, if you're over by this part of queens blvd. from your posts, I know you're in the hood, I'm on booth myself.

                      oh and sunflower on queens blvd has interesting stuff sometimes; its a dried fruit/nut/middle eastern goods place, closed on saturdays and open sundays. always worth a look around.

                      1. re: bigjeff

                        Its Passover, until tomorrow night...so Cheburechnaya and Bagelette will be closed.