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Jul 20, 2008 07:45 AM

High Pearl Seafood Restaurant?

How is this seafood restaurant in Elmhurst? Do they have an English menu?

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  1. I went there once in 2005 and I don't know why I didn't go back They had an English menu then that listed everything except the casseroles. My report:

    1. i was going to start a new review but i searched first so i wouldnt clutter the boards... i have to say, chinese food is one of my favourite types of food to eat, and i have eaten in almost every place in chinatown in nyc to chinatown in canada... i have to say, high pearl is by far my favourite place ever... the service is horrible, the place looks like a public school cafeteria, and the fish tanks look like the back of petland discount, however the food is completely on point, and fresh everytime. we always over buy just so we have leftovers the next day. i have to recommend the fried pork chops with chili sauce, the seafood basket, the seafood soup, the grand marnier shrimp and scallion pancakes.
      you will not be dissapointed, and make sure to bring cash as they dont accept anything but.

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      1. re: norah_j

        ive been meaning to try high pearl ever since i read this review (this blog is top notch btw when it comes to chinese), but its pretty rare for me to go to elmhurst in fact ive only been twice

        chinese food is one of my favorite foods and within chinese food cantonese is definitely my favorite, so i look forward to finding a restaurant to displace Imperial Palace, which is definitely my favorite chinese restaurant in NY

        if you go id be very curious to see how it is

        1. re: Lau

          lol, thats hilarious, every item i mentioned is on that review... i think they did everything on the menu... damnit i want to take a bite out of my monitor now...

          1. re: norah_j

            how does it stack up to imperial palace (if you've been there)?

            1. re: Lau

              i've never been, so i cannot say...

              1. re: Lau

                I tried High Pearl a couple of weeks ago. This place is way more old school than Imperial Palace and seemed to have less of an emphasis on seafood. Everything was tasty (we had flounder with vegetables, beef chow fun [dry], peking pork chops) but not exceptional. I don't think you'll find it to be a replacement for Imperial Palace, but definitely worth checking out if you're looking for authentic New York-style Cantonese food the way it used to be prepared before you started seeing the influence of new Hong Kong techniques like you see at places like Ocean Jewels and Jade Asian. Walking in was a bit like going through a time-warp. The smells of the restaurant reminded my wife and I of our childhood and even the friendly staff seemed to be refugees from an earlier time. (I couldn't tell if they were speaking Toishan, but fully expected them to be.) I'd return if I was feeling nostalgic, but otherwise I'd pass it up for someplace in Flushing.