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Wet Towel Sep 17, 2008 08:47 AM

Looking for the best (off the map) Flushing Sichuan restaurant. Love Spicy and Tasty but want to branch out. advice?

  1. Astoria Lurker Sep 17, 2008 12:56 PM

    Little Pepper

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      Wet Towel Sep 17, 2008 04:51 PM

      Can either of these places seat a group of ten people?

      1. re: Wet Towel
        Miss Needle Sep 17, 2008 04:56 PM

        I haven't been to Little Pepper so I can't say. But there's no way Chengdu Heaven can seat 10. It's a stall with limited seating.

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          el jefe Sep 17, 2008 05:21 PM

          Little Pepper has four tables for 4 and three round tables that seat 8 comfortably. You could probably squeeze in 10 but it would be crowded.

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            djk Sep 19, 2008 05:08 PM

            great post from kathryn but yes.....little pepper. and 10 is crowded but i've done it a number of times. food to good to care.

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      fredid Sep 17, 2008 12:30 PM

      What's your beaten path? For instance, have you been to Chengdu Heaven?

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        kathryn Sep 18, 2008 11:26 AM

        Agreed. Define "the beaten path." Are you interested in only Sichuan cuisine or other styles or do you like Cantonese, Shanghaiese, Taiwanese, other regions? Tried all of the malls? Ocean Jewels, Tung Yi Fung, Gala Manor, Jade Asian, Perfect Team Corporation for dim sum? Soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai, Nan Shian? Taiwanese at Gu Shine, Red Chopstick, King 5, Nan Bei He, Yi-Jia? Lan zhou hand pulled noodles? Any of the lamb noodle soup places (Qin's, Sun Ji)? Happy Beef Noodle House? The fried dumpling place across from Starbucks (Zhu Ji Guo Tie)? The place around the corner, Chao Zhou? Dumplings at White Bear, Best Northern Dumpling? Corner 28 (take out, inside, upstairs)? No 1. East? Hot Pot City? Yi Pin? Hot Pot City? Imperial Palace? Branched out into Korean food yet?

        Have you been to all of these spots yet?
        http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/07/29/dining/20080730_FLUSHING_INTERACTIVE.html

        Tried all of the Flushing Malls?
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/529396#4000128
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/555014
        http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-04-22/restaurants/regional-chinese-fare-hits-flushing-like-a-ton-of-bricks/
        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/0...

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          fredid Sep 18, 2008 06:43 PM

          My God, kathryn!! - I'm certainly gonna bookmark your post! (Now, if I could just figure out how to shorten my "Chowhound commute" from my home in Boston...)

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            mrnyc Sep 19, 2008 07:36 AM

            just unbelieveable....and i am literally on my way to flushing for work this afternoon anyway. wow.

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              kathryn Sep 19, 2008 08:41 AM

              Thanks, guys! I like to research with both the internet and my belly! My only regret is the distance I live from the 7 train. However, a few weeks ago I discovered the LIRR's special rate for traveling between Penn Station and Flushing (only $3.25 using the CityTicket each way, but the ride is only 20 mins long). Way faster than taking the 7 train if you are coming from the west side of Manhattan. The LIRR drops you off right at AA Plaza (which has food stalls for dumplings, chow mein, scallions pancakes, etc), and steps away from tons more deliciousness. Mmmmm.

              http://mta.info/mta/cityticket.htm

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                mrnyc Sep 19, 2008 07:29 PM

                ok kathyrn here is my after work late lunch report thx to your inspiration. i went to the XI'AN SMALL DELIGHTS stand mentioned in the absolutely wonderful nytimes interactive article you posted.

                note it's not in the shi hong mall anymore, that mid-block mall is all closed down. but never fear there was a sign in the window that XI'AN had moved to the golden mall basement food court (enter down the stairs on the corner of main st/41st rd). it's stand #36, but when i got down there what do you know it's now right across from ch fav LANDZHOU HAND PULLED NOODLES.

                i ordered the liang pi ("yawng pier") cold noodle dish - much thx to the nytimes interactive pronounciation guide! i got a double take look when i guess i said it correctly. ha. however, there is a numbered picture guide on the wall and the sweet lady spoke some english so it's ok -- us gringos can just walk in randomly and all is well.

                the liang pi is a fantastic mildly spicy dish of varied cold noodles, tofu and cilantro. i they asked if i wanted spicy and i said yes, but it wasnt really. anyway wow it was just delicious. the variety of the noodles and the tasty red broth are wonderful. they throw on some fresh cilantro just before they give you the plate. a perfect dish.

                i also got the lamb sandwich and it was also stellar. the lamb was shredded and studded with chili peppers and i do not think you could pack any more cumin into the meat. that's a good thing. the bun was fine too. sometimes i dipped it in the leftover liang pi red sauce.

                the cost for both items was $6. yep. and the portion size was large, a totally satisfying meal. note the golden mall basement is humble, just a bunch of rickety card tables -- i have to say some may find that grungy, but i found it rather homey. i even got "the nod" from the LANDZHOU guy across the way, i love when that happens!

                ps---on the train ride home two ladies next to me pulled out the print version of that nytimes article, so i mentioned i was inspired by it too. pretty funny.

              2. re: kathryn
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                kathryn Jan 4, 2009 08:44 AM

                Add to this the new Roosevelt Food Court, where I didn't get past the lovely liver kebabs from B1 and Taiwanese Gua Bao from A2.

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