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Nicer place in Flushing

So I'm taking some friends into Flushing this weekend, and they've turned out to be a little more particular than I expected. Basically they have ruled out food courts and stalls, but cost is not an issue. Is there someplace we can sit down and order up a real feast? Spicy and Tasty is out (that was our last venture), and I've done Fu Run recently. I was originally planning to do Little Pepper, but it looks like that is closed (thanks for the warning Chowhounds!). I'm not married to Sichuan, but I don't want Taiwainese. Right now my two highest contenders are Imperial Palace and M&T, but I don't know the atmosphere of either place, and so much of the talk on here focuses on food courts that I feel like I might have missed some of the nicer places. Any advice anyone?

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

Fu Run
40-09 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

Little Pepper
133-43 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

SN New Restaurant
44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

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  1. Of the two you mention, IP has a "nicer" atmosphere. But I do not understand what you are looking for, really. There are no elegant places in that area that I am aware of. M&T is more downscale in atmosphere.

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    SN New Restaurant
    44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

    1. go to imperial palace

      1. there's that place in queens crossing that is pretty and elegant. no idea how the food is, but it's probably respectable.

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        1. re: Jeffsayyes

          most of queens crossing's joints are fancier, except for the food court, but it all feels far removed from the flushing experience, which itself is usually far removed from nice atmospheres.

        2. How many in your party? The food courts and stalls are great for 1-2 people but are problematic for larger groups IMO. Little Pepper has just moved over to College Point Blvd - seemingly not that far from the original location. Imperial Palace serves up the best Cantonese and M&T offers the best in Shandong cuisine. Erica is absolutely right in that the atmosphere at IP is better but I find the offerings at M&T totally unique.

          Imperial Palace:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5436...

          M&T:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6404...

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

          SN New Restaurant
          44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

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          1. re: scoopG

            There are only 3 of us, but we'll easily order for twice that number. So probably 7-9 dishes. I love the food stalls, but what I really meant by "nicer" was just somewhere we could linger for a few hours and drink beer over our food. There don't need to be tablecloths or real napkins. As long as that would fly at M&T I think that looks like a great choice. Your thread is pretty overwhelming! Lots of great reviews, and I definitely want the "face salad," the pork chop breaded in shrimp, and the sea intestines. What other dishes especially qualify as unique? I don't think we're interested in soup, but anything else is fair game.

            1. re: bworm42

              Have you ever had Sea Cucumber, Sea Intestines or Clenched Fist Vegetables? Sea Cucumber is a Qingdao specialty - with many varieties. Top of the line dried specimens can sell for more than $2000 a pound. Also ask for the Huang Feihong dish – done with Chicken or Fish. 王飛鴻 –Huang Fei Hong. Essentially the elements of a popular after school snack mixed with lightly breaded chicken or fish. Here’s a recent M&T review:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6780...

              1. re: bworm42

                all the M&T threads are great and truly unique. ignore the setting and just go to town.

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                SN New Restaurant
                44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

            2. i'd hit imperial palace, its "nicer" than most places in flushing and that type of cantonese food is best done in a group; its also my favorite chinese restaurant in NY

              will help you with ordering http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/543625