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Jul 13, 2009 09:17 PM

Best of Flushing, near Main St Metro

Hello! I am a foodie from Florida in the area for some good eats this weekend and was wondering about a few places to go grab a quick bite while i am in the area specifically near the Main Street Flushing Metro exit. I will be there mostly on Saturday all day.

I am looking specifically for

Best Bakery
Best Breakfast
Best Lunch
Best Cheap Eats
Best Dumplings
Best Dim Sum
Best Soup Dumplings
Best Chinese Dinner
Best ....whatever else there is?

I am always dazed and confused when i get out there and it is greatly appreciated for any help regarding the labyrinth of people that is Flushing. Thanks so much!

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  1. > Best Breakfast
    Depends what you like to eat for breakfast. Taiwanese breakfast? Dim sum is breakfast, isn't it?

    > Best Lunch
    Not a huge distinction between lunch and dinner at most places unless you're looking for lunch specials (even then, it's not like the regular menu is expensive). The only other distinction I can think of is if a place has a dim sum service + lunch menu versus a separate dinner menu?

    > Best Cheap Eats
    It's all pretty much cheap!

    > Best Dumplings
    Depends what kind. Boiled, fried, wontons, etc.

    There is a LOT of good stuff near the subway stop there; nearly all the places that are discussed on CH are within a 5-10 minute walk.

    Here is my guide to Flushing Main Street:

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    1. re: kathryn

      i think like a quick taiwanese breakfast

      lunch...something quick rather than dinner being sit down etc

      cheap eats...that is true

      dumplings...whatever is your favorite :D

      Thanks for the link! I was wondering, what are your favorites?

      1. re: pdpredtide

        Most of the places that I put in the link are my favorites. They're typically good for a quick bite except for the dim sum restaurants and Szechuan restaurants. A lot of them are in "malls" or are take out windows!

        Here's a good thread on Taiwanese food in NYC:

        Taiwanese breakfast in Flushing:

        1. re: kathryn

          thanks again! ill have to report back soon! how about greater flushing area like the korean restaurants? any picks there?

          1. re: pdpredtide

            I usually don't eat Korean while I'm out there, I'll leave answers to other hounds.

            1. re: pdpredtide

              Best Bakery: I don't usually hit the bakeries in flushing, so im not qualified to answer

              Best Breakfast / Best Dim Sum:
              - Taiwanese breakfast: As far as taiwanese the post kathryn put up has all pretty much every taiwanese place in flushing (that i know of) and im pretty sure thats the vast majority. I usually get my fix at King 5 Noodle
              - Dim sum: I prefer Jade Asian and Perfect Team, here's some links

              Best Lunch / Best Cheap Eats:
              - Golden Mall: chengdu tianfu and liang pi (xi'an food) are both worth trying
              - Flushing Mall: see Kathryn's link; i recommend trying the taiwanese place on the far left, good gua bao
              - Gu Xiang (see Kathryn's link): super cheap taiwanese

              Best Dumplings: i like white bear, PaMa keeps recommending Sifu Chio's which is on the corner almost next to it

              Best Soup Dumplings: haven't had any lately, so ill leave that up to someone else

              Best Chinese Dinner: imperial palace or canton gourmet, both are excellent...imperial palace is my favorite chinese restaurant in NY

              there are a bunch of good places for korean in flushing:
              - Tong Sam Gyup Sal: probably my favorite korean restaurant in NY
              - San Kap Soo: good bbq and generally good
              - Han Woo Choan: this place has great maewoon kalbi jjim

              1. re: Lau

                Strong second on Tong Sam Gyup Gui, which specializes in pork barbeque, and is currently my favorite Korean eatery as well.

                1. re: Polecat

                  Bear in mind that Tong Sam Gyup Gui is nowhere near Main Street station. You could either take the LIRR to Broadway station, or get on a bus to Northern/162nd St-ish.

                  1. re: E Eto

                    thats a good point, its directly across the street from the broadway station

                    san kap soo isnt close either if u go to the northern blvd one (which is the one i go to), i havent been to the one in downtown flushing

                    1. re: Lau

                      thanks for the tip! since im in the area maybe i can hitch a ride. Ive been to picnic garden in that area i think, its ALL YOU CAN EAT KOREAN BBQ ZOMG

                2. re: Lau

                  I like Nan Xiang on Prince Street for Soup Dumplings. Believe it is in one of the links provided by Kathryn.

        2. Really covered well by Kathryn. I'd add that at least two places, 66 on Prince Street (Taiwanese) and Hunan House on Northern Boulevard both offer decent lunch specials where you can order 2-3 items for less than $16.

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          1. re: scoopG

            thanks scoopg! let me check it out

            1. re: pdpredtide

              pd - I should be clearer in that they offer a sort of "mini-feast" as it were. You get to choose 2-3 or more entrees and get rice and I think soup as well.

            1. re: pdpredtide

              The juice & shave ice stall in the Flushing Mall does a pretty nice mango shaved ice. It's the most expensive one on the menu, but reminds me of past trips to Taipei!

            2. zomg i am making a google map now thank you all and keep adding if anything comes up!

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              1. re: pdpredtide

                Ha, I just remember I made a Google Map to guide myself a few months back, I haven't updated it in a while...


                1. re: pdpredtide

                  that's a pretty good tour if you hit everywhere on that list

                  also since you're there, grab a peking duck bun from the window at corner 28...forgot to include under cheap eats

                  also if you like dou jiang (soy bean milk), the best one is from the flower shop lady