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How many Flushing malls are there?

I am confused as to how many Flushing Mall there are with food? I also read that the 39th Ave one is closing, is this true? Please let me know where they are exactly with addresses, and if possible the best vendors in each, as I am completely confused at this point, and would like to go and try things out. Also, does anyone know who has the best salt and pepper squid or shrimp, or black bean sauce, and scallion pancakes in any of these malls or elsewhere in Flushing. Recently tried Sun Lok Kee again, and their salt and pepper squid is still pretty great, very light. Used to love them in the city, and then they went downhill, and were so unbelievably nasty and rude at the Flusing location that I gave up going there, but maybe they're back on an incline again..anyone been recently...they used to make the most amazing hot pepper scallops.

Thanks for the mall help for a mall novice,

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  1. Here are two I know of:

    Golden Shopping Mall
    41-28 Main Street

    Flushing Mall
    13331 39th Ave

    There used to be a malls notable food vendors at 41-82 Main Street. There is also another mall with notable food vendors at 41-42 but recently closed due to a failure to pay the electric bill. Not sure if it is up and running again.


    1. That's news to me about Flushing Mall, though I suppose not totally surprising considering how empty the shopping areas sometimes look.

      Flushing Mall is the only real mall-like venue of the bunch. The others are more makeshift collections of food stalls. The biggest is Golden Mall, mentioned by kathryn, a two-level affair where the eateries are interspersed with other retailers, like DVD and handbag vendors. It got a lot of attention because of the recent NY Times takeout on Flushing Chinese food, which you probably saw.

      Down the block, also on the west side of Main, are Shi Hong (closed, as kathryn notes, because someone didn't pay the Con Ed bill; may or may not reopen) and Oriental Express. To the north is Sunflower, the downsized successor to the old two-storefront Mayflower food court. Check the Places pages for some info on the vendors and links to relevant Chowhound threads.

      And you also might include Prince Shopping Center (Roosevelt just east of Prince), which houses Best North Dumpling, one of the better dumpling places, plus a sushi vendor and at least one other eatery.

      Golden Shopping Mall
      41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

      Flushing Mall Food Court
      133-31 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

      Sunflower Delight
      40-46 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

      Best North Dumpling Shop
      135-08 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

      Tokyo Prince Sushi
      135-08 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

      Oriental Express Food
      41-40 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

      Friendship Shopping Plaza
      41-42A Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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      1. re: squid kun

        Thank you so much! I read about the closing of the 39th ave mall on yelp or somewhere I believe which said they heard it on CHinese radio very recently.

      2. A commenter on my blog, who signed in only as E, wrote that the Shi Hong Mall has reopened with a couple of stalls, including one that prepares "knife-chipped noodles." Though I'm sure he's just assigning a different name to what are more often called peel noodles, or sometimes knife-sliced noodles, "chipped" has an especially handcrafted feel -- like napping flints.

        1. Flushing Mall is seriously downsizing! at least the upstairs, back part with the fountain, looks like they are consolidating all the vendors that remain into a smaller space, so the korean-chinese dumpling stall had to shift over one. still holding court tho. flushing mall downstairs was still crazy poppin with all manner of foods.

          roosevelt food court had its shutters halfway down at 6pm on a sunday so, maybe it wasn't quite closed? or had just closed for the day, which gives hope.

          I think shi hong mall was open! or maybe I mis-identified, but I ducked into a narrow mall on main street where there were about 4 or 5 stalls in the narrow space; the second one had a guy with the "peel" noodles, or "dao-xiao mian" and it looked really good but we were too full. he had about 9 meat toppings ready to go into whatever noodle you wanted, I think they also do hand-pulled; it was a cold display of tendon, spicy pork, beef bones maybe, tripe, stomach, and a buncha other stuff. looked good but, thinking back, I'm pretty sure it was Shi Hong Mall. maybe not tho.

          And, if you want to count Queens Crossing, they have a little food court of a ramen place, a Paris Bakery, and a Sbarro's. We didn't eat anything.

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          1. re: bigjeff

            I passed by Roosevelt Food Court at around 2:30 - 3:00 on Sunday and the gate was also half-way down. The near future does not look promising at that location.

            1. re: bigjeff

              Flushing Mall has always seemed oddly empty to me on the main floor but crowded in the food court. That it's hard to find a seat is good, right?

              Re: Roosevelt Food Court, my assumption is that they are still "renovating," which is what they were doing about a month ago. And they also had the shutter half way down when I tried to go, about a month ago, but there were people coming in and out.

              Shi Hong Mall is kind of reopened but it is not really that full of stuff. Does this look like the mall you saw?

              1. re: kathryn

                ya maybe that wasn't it since the place I saw had about 4 vendors on the left side, with a couple of four-tops on the right side. will take better notes if I'm there again.

            2. Then there's this one a bit farther south, mentioned the other day by fredid ... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610860

              Oriental Express Food Garden
              42-47 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

              1. I'm a 'hounder visiting from the Boston area, was going with eager anticipation to try the Roosevelt Food Court, only to find the place completely shuttered up at 7 pm on a Monday night! Are they still "renovating" or are they closed for good? And is there another serious alternative apart from the below-mentioned Golden Shopping Mall and Flushing Mall for large-scale stall eats?

                1. Roosevelt Food Court has been totally gutted. The interior is virtually empty. On March 4, a stop work and vacate order with extremely dire and ominous wording was posted. The most recent building permits are for interior demolition and wiring. It isn't clear that any permits for construction have been issued.

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                  1. re: MahatmaKanejeeves

                    there's also the food areas in the new mall. not sure if you'd say they are food malls though. there are some expensive restaurants and some crap. nothing that I am particularly interested of at this moment.

                    1. re: Jeffsayyes

                      which mall are you talking about? Sounds like you are describing Queens Crossing which isnt terribly c'houndy at all. did have a fancy tea at Rose Tea Parlor though that made me feel like i was in a fancy HK place.

                      1. re: bigjeff

                        yes, right. Queens Crossing. I was all excited when it first opened.... but blahhh.
                        I believe there are 2 upscale restaurants inside there. Might be good to be taken to by my rich uncle Johnny, but I wouldnt even guess to their quality.

                        1. re: Jeffsayyes

                          everyone i talked to said that the restaurants inside alright are decent, but nothing special

                  2. What are current favorites at Flushing & Golden Malls? I'm trying to plan for my Flushing "vacation."

                    Chengdu Heaven still at Golden Mall, and is there a Shandong dumpling place? Anything else?

                    Is Best Northern Dumpling still around, and is that Shandong style?

                    What's of note at Flushing Mall.

                    Now that Xian Famous is in Manhattan (and the Mt. Qu pork noodles were AMAZING), it's no longer at the top of my list for what's going to be a crowded stomach.


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                    1. re: Peter Cherches

                      Gua bao at Temple Snacks on the far end of Flushing Mall next to Xi'an is my favorite thing there. The piece of pork belly they give you is massive. I've been to the really long place in the middle w/ the large griddle that serves bing and crullers and such a couple times. The menu isn't really translated and you have to point a lot. I've also found myself fighting with old chinese ladies for my order and I usually end up having to hold my receipt in front of the lady up front or else they forget about you (esp. if you don't speak the language). I've heard bad things about the shaved ice place, so haven't tried it.

                      There's also a small grocery store upstairs with some interesting items.

                    2. Anybody know what time the stalls at Golden Mall stay open until on Sunday nights?

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                      1. re: Peter Cherches

                        Did you find out? I have the same question!

                        1. re: Fajap

                          It varies by stall, but from my experience, I'd say 9 pmish to be on the safe side.

                          1. re: Joe MacBu

                            That sounds good. I remember being there on a Sunday night around 8:30pm and they were all still open. I know that opening times vary--some are open by at least 10am, so I would expect closing times to differ also.