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Chinese in Forest Hills, Rego Park, Glendale areas?

Elderly Aunt lives in Forest Hills and has a big yen for Chinese food. I'm a Flushing person, but Flushing wouldn't work with her. Any recommendations anywhere within 10-15 minutes would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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  1. Hi pwrube,

    As a resident of Glendale for about three years now, I can say with confidence that I don't believe there are any even remotely acceptable Chinese restaurants in Glendale. (if someone would like to prove me wrong and offer the name a Chinese restaurant in Glendale that produces Chinese food—heck even Chinese-American food—that is at least edible, please do so!)

    Every single Chinese restaurant I have tried since moving here (about ten at last count) has been positively awful—to the level of bizarro awful. Sauces are made almost entirely of ketchup, cold sesame noodles arrive covered with about two tablespoons of granulated sugar (mmm...gritty...) and grease grease grease.

    These concoctions taste like sugar, grease, a little salt, and nothing else. And yet, these crapholes survive (and even thrive!) here. Therefore, the local populace thinks this is what Chinese food is supposed to be. Please note - I'm no purist when it comes to Chinese food. When I lived in Astoria, there were a couple of nearby Chinese take-out places that made certain things that were pretty good but not great. I was okay with that.

    But when it comes to Chinese food in Glendale EVERYTHING is just flat-out GROSS. So, I think you can pretty much scratch Glendale off your list for Chinese and focus on Rego Park and Forest Hills.

    Ciao,

    Glendale is hungry...

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    1. re: Glendale is hungry

      Agreed, and Golden Harbor in Middle Village sucks too, even though it got accolades here at some point...

      Best bet is definitely Andy's (Taiwanese/Chinese) in Rego Park--there are lots of positive posts on CH too, but you'll need to search...and they are super nice there..
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/andys-seafood...

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      Golden Harbor
      8216 63rd Ave, Queens, NY 11379

      Andy's Seafood & Grill
      95-26 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

      1. re: janie

        I agree that Andy's is the best...but an elderly lady might be pleased with Peking Duck in Forest Hills.

        1. re: EricMM

          try tung shing house in rego park. very authentic chinese food and ambience is nice. lots of chinese people like to eat here. fish head casserole is really good.

          http://www.tung-shing-house.com/

          1. re: aud540

            Has Tung Shing improved in the last few years, because last time I went there, it was pretty awful...and they're not too sanitary, lots of violations...--Many years ago, it used to be great, but then they sold it, and it went downhill I felt..

            1. re: janie

              we went november 2009, group of chinese americans, food was really good. but we ordered pretty traditional dishes. fish head casserole, drunken chicken, prawns with walnuts, peking duck, can't remeber what else, but it was good and clean. maybe the place has been redone.

              1. re: aud540

                Tung Shing House for sure. It is by far the best Chinese restaurant in Rego Park and Forest Hills. They specialize in banquet style meals and that is their strong suit. The chef has a background in Sichuan cuisine and has some excellent spicy dishes as well. Their peking duck is quite well executed and they also will cater to requests for lighter fare (less oil, salt, etc.). I have not ordered off the menu and have generally let the chef do his thing and the result is always excellent.

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                Tung Shing House
                97-45 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

          2. re: EricMM

            I would be very careful what you order at Andy's. Following the recommendations of the board I went twice in 2010. The first time both me and my so had a not so good reaction to the food (had to run back to the rest. to use the bathroom). Of course being the gluton for punishment that I am, we went a second time had the oyster pancakes among other things. Let me just say that was a very expensive visit and it took like two weeks, a visit to the dr., and tons of antibiotics to get well. So I am just saying...order very carefully.

            1. re: maria_nyc

              Funny that someone replied to this thread right now since a couple of weeks ago I discovered what I believe to be an okay Chinese-American takeout place in Glendale.

              Double Chinese Restaurant
              61-10 Myrtle Ave
              Glendale, NY 11385

              It's the typical above-average NYC Chinese take-out place you'd expect to find in a non-Chinatown neighborhood. Most of the Chinese American food is decent although when something is supposedly to be spicy like spicy bean curd with vegetables or General Tso's chicken, I always ask for it to be extra extra spicy and that at least gets me a little heat. Also, it looks pretty clean.

              Let me be clear, this is nothing amazing. It's decent. The food's less sweet and less greasy than other take-out places in the immediate area and it actually has some savory flavor. For Chinese American food in Glendale, that's huge progress. Trust me.

              Ciao,

              Glendale is hungry...

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              Double Chinese
              61-10 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385

              1. re: maria_nyc

                Sorry to hear that...I did try the oyster pancake once. Never again...I'm adventurous, but I thought it was awful, and didn't eat too much. That said, Andy's is under different ownership, and is definitely not as good as it was. I still like it, but the menu is less interesting and a lot of dishes I had liked I don't enjoy as much. While I used to be adventurous with the menu (the oyster pancake not withstanding) I now tend to order the same things that I know are still good, like the " Taiwanese hamburger" and tea smoked duck. Their squid in particular is now pretty bad...the machine cut frozen Chinese squid that always tastes fishy...

                1. re: EricMM

                  This is so sad: there was time when Andy's had the best oyster pancake in NYC and I was their regular. But we no longer go there. The last straw was salt and pepper shrimp that was peeled and frozen (the shrimp must be prepared with the head on and having it fresh wouldn't hurt either). I left a 30-40% tip to the old-time waitress as I walked out and resolved to never set foot there again.

          3. re: Glendale is hungry

            It's been a while but East Ocean Palace on Queens Blvd was always a solid choice for Chinese in Forest Hills when I lived there.

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            East Ocean Palace
            113-15 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11375

            1. re: BigV

              Thanks all...if it was just me and my Mom, it would have been Andy's for sure. But felt Tung Shing House better suited with my Aunt. Soup dumplings certainly not the best I've had, but not bad. Scallion pancakes, salted pepper pork chops, beef with string beans (beans done nicely but a little salty) and chicken with rice cakes (never had them prepared in a white sauce with just lots of parsley and some other green, maybe chives?). Service and people very nice. Thanks!

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              Tung Shing House
              97-45 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

              1. re: pwrube

                thanks for the report; indeed Tung Shing House has somehow dusted off its cobwebs and remained relevant. Like the other earlier posters, I still would have gone with Andy's Seafood and Grille; they've got a big menu and they would have had all the dishes you had above, along with some interesting taiwanese selections.

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                Tung Shing House
                97-45 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

                1. re: bigjeff

                  I use Grand Taste in Maspeth, just passable . East Meets West gross, rumor has it Italians own it . Golden Harbor no good . I have to try Andy's in Rego