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bworm42 Dec 1, 2010 12:55 PM

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. erica RE: bworm42 Dec 1, 2010 01:50 PM

    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

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      AubWah RE: bworm42 Dec 1, 2010 03:37 PM

      go to imperial palace

      1. Jeffsayyes RE: bworm42 Dec 1, 2010 04:04 PM

        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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          bigjeff RE: Jeffsayyes Dec 2, 2010 07:54 AM

          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. scoopG RE: bworm42 Dec 1, 2010 04:27 PM

          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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            bworm42 RE: scoopG Dec 2, 2010 01:03 AM

            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.

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              scoopG RE: bworm42 Dec 2, 2010 03:31 AM

              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...

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                bigjeff RE: bworm42 Dec 2, 2010 07:55 AM

                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

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              Lau RE: bworm42 Dec 2, 2010 07:56 AM

              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

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                bworm42 RE: bworm42 Dec 13, 2010 07:39 PM

                Thank you all for your help and suggestions. After much in internal and external debate we settled on Imperial Palace. The atmosphere was just what I wanted - perfectly pleasant place to sit for a few hours and linger over our food. Here's the full cast, in order of appearance:

                Little dish of roasted peanuts: not as savory or addictive as what you get at Fu Run, but still fine to munch on while we browsed menus and sipped beer.

                Dried scallop and ham soup: very thick and comforting, but maybe a little salty for some. The dried scallops are finely shredded and have a nice satisfying chew to them. There also some slivers of mushroom in here, making it basically a giant steaming bowl of umami.

                Fried bean curd stuffed with shrimp: one of my basic barometer dishes for Cantonese restaurants. It was done pretty well here, but the dipping sauce could have used a little more seasoning. The outside was perfectly crispy though, and the inside wonderfully creamy.

                Steamed oysters in XO sauce: as everyone has commented, these things are absurdly massive. One of my dining companions commented that they must have been grown near a nuclear power plant. Very tasty, I even drank the juice left in the shell.

                Dungeness crab with glutinous rice: of course we had to try it. It was very good, but I guess I have a coarse palate, because I prefer the fully loaded glutinous rice packs I get off dim sum carts. I really felt like the crab got a little lost amid the rice and scallions.

                Fried chicken with minced shrimp: I don't think I can describe this dish well, but somehow by layering shrimp and chicken together they managed to create something that reminded me of bacon. I loved it, but it might weird some people out

                Somehow we were still hungry after this, so we finished off our meal with:

                Casserole of clams, Vietnamese style: this dish was totally different from everything else. Very highly spiced, tons of chili, vinegar, and citrus notes. I like it except for all the huge chunks of lemon in there. I've never learned to enjoy biting into a thick chunk of lemon rind.

                Sliced fish layered with ham and mushrooms: very mildly spiced but a nice combination of ingredients. Nice to have, but I probably wouldn't order it again.

                Dessert: we were too full to really appreciate anything else by here, but they bought us a very pleasant tapioca and sweet bean soup. There was also a plate of mediocre canned fruit.

                Overall it was quite an epic meal, and some of the best Cantonese food I've had since I left Boston. M&T is next on the list!

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

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

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

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                  Lau RE: bworm42 Dec 13, 2010 07:47 PM

                  glad you enjoyed ive been meaning to try that fried chicken and minced shrimp dish for a long time, ill have to try it

                  next time you should def get their garlic fried chicken, its really good

                2. buttertart RE: bworm42 Dec 14, 2010 09:05 AM

                  Haven't been to IP but if you want spicier food (after experiencing M&T's Qingdao cuisine, one you won't find very many places) Hunan House on Northern Blvd is spacious and nicely-decorated - even white tablecloths. Food is fabulous.

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                  Hunan House
                  137-40 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

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

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