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Lochina Apr 13, 2010 03:19 PM

I host a monthly(ish) dining club devoted to outer borough eating and our next stop is Flushing, Queens. I'm hoping someone here can recommend a Chinese (any region/cuisine) restaurant with great food that is large enough to accommodate a group of about 30, and that is proficient in English so that I can make arrangements/ask questions over the phone. Recommend away!

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    geoffgrocer Apr 13, 2010 04:05 PM

    The upstairs room at Spicy and Tasty will certainly work

    1. Jeffsayyes Apr 13, 2010 06:06 PM

      you might like to check out the Flushing Mall. that's what I'm going to do when the time comes.

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        Peter Cherches Apr 14, 2010 07:17 AM

        Flushing Mall is absolutely unworkable for a large group for many reasons.

        My best bet would be Imperial Palace (Cantonese). Other options would be Spicy and Tasty, already mentioned, and Hunan House, with enough advance notice, might be able to handle such a large group.

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        Imperial Palace
        136-13 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

        Hunan House Restaurant
        29-30 Union St, Queens, NY 11354

      2. buttertart Apr 14, 2010 10:56 AM

        Hunan House could certainly do this, we were 12 at a large table last time (at Sunday lunchtime) and there are several such tables. Great restaurant.

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        Hunan House Restaurant
        29-30 Union St, Queens, NY 11354

        1. bigjeff Apr 15, 2010 08:28 PM

          look also at Northeast Restaurant; huge restaurant that should be able to handle your party:
          http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/10/din...

          another alternative is Fire & Ice but . . that's if everyone wants to eat hotpot. huge restaurant tho. 30 people for a random restaurant in flushing is pretty tough actually; you would want 3 tables maybe? definitely the larger cantonese places might be able to accomodate.

          1. Chandavkl Apr 17, 2010 11:04 AM

            Ocean Jewels was profiled on the Channel 7 news a while back, so you'd think they'd be particularly experienced with non-Chinese groups. It's certainly large enough.

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            Ocean Jewels
            133-30 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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              Peter Cherches Apr 17, 2010 01:05 PM

              But Ocean Jewels was very disappointing for dinner the one time I went with a group of about 8. It can't hold a candle to Imperial Palace, IMO.

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              Imperial Palace
              136-13 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

              Ocean Jewels
              133-30 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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                nsslc Apr 20, 2010 07:51 AM

                I have to second Ocean Jewels. Definitely large enough, and good quality food. I would simply make a reservation and then have one of the managers translate one of the banquet menus (sized for large groups) for you. I'd recommend a seafood based banquet menu for a party your size and enjoy.

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                Ocean Jewels
                133-30 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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                Lochina Apr 20, 2010 07:43 AM

                Thank you all for the input! I've decided to go with Spicy & Tasty since Szechaun food is among my favorite cuisines ever. I've put up a thread asking for recommendations for best dishes there; please add your two cents!

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                Spicy & Tasty
                39-07 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

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                  bigjeff Apr 20, 2010 08:40 AM

                  just had a lunch in the upstairs with a large group; great choice for a space, even the front two tables up near the windows are nice so maybe you can ask for that; I love all of their small dishes in the front case, but there are plenty of more specific recs.

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