Good Chinese food/soup dumplings near Throggs Neck Bridge
My son goes to SUNY Maritime by the Throggs Neck bridge in the Bronx. I was hoping to take him out to lunch over in Queens. Any suggestions for good Chinese food/soup dumplings at a place that would be easy access off the highway in Queens.
No need to travel to Queens, "Hawaii Sea" restaurant is just a few miles from Maritime College and is fantastic. Take Pennyfield Ave (the road to Maritime) 1/4 miles and make a left onto Schurz Ave. Just a few blocks and make a right onto Tremont Avenue. About 2 miles or so and you will hit Westchester Square (see the elevated MTA train tracks) and as you ride under the tracks, bear left. Hawaii Sea is about three blocks on the left (just past Wendy's) This is a very unique and tasty restaurant with a Chinese staff and incredible service and food. They have a full Chinese and Japanese menu.
I recommend the Pupu Platter which will give you a taste of several items. My "can't miss" is the Crabmeat Patties, which are actually Crab Rangoon at its best. I substitute the Butterfly Shrimp on the Pupu Platter with this tasty appetizer even though it is already part of the sampler dish.
I know several people who travel almost an hour for the BBQ Ribs alone.
This is not your average Chinese restaurant. I think you and your son will love it.
Nan Shian for soup dumplings. It's the best in town. It should be about a 20 minute drive. Parking can be tricky. If it's a weekday, you should be able to get a spot in the adjacent public lot within 5 minutes. Or park on Northern if you see a spot. You might have to wait 15 minutes or so for a table during a weekday lunch.
If you're time-constrained, I really like Hunan House as well. Search the board (or Yelp.com) for recommendations.
Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
38-12 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354
re: Joe MacBu
Nan Shan soup dumplings are my favorite in Queens, fresh and well executed. Just be warned however it is a very informal venue, more of a snack shop, and often packed full.
I would agree with Hunan House as an excellent choice. Hunan House is truly exceptional for Hunan food but their soup dumpling is sadly sub par. The wrapper is quite thick, the filling overly toothsome and with little soup.
As for Hunan food, they are masters of their domain and it is much easier to get a table. The location is less central so they have less foot traffic and the restaurant is bigger.
re: Joe MacBu