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LITTLE PEPPER College Point is OPEN!!

They just picked up the phone at the new College Point location.
Same chef, same owner, open 2 days - according to the lady who picked up the phone!
Regards,
JK

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  1. Looking through some old posts I see that the new location is shown as 18-24 College Pt. Blvd.

    Is this correct?

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    1. re: Bob Martinez

      Yes. Brand new awning. You can't miss it!!

      1. re: johnk

        oh good news, thanks for this!

    2. This is a second location, the first is still under renovation, yes?

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      1. re: kathryn

        Same chef, Same owner in CP.
        Why are we worried about renovations?
        Regards,
        JK

        1. re: johnk

          I was wondering too, just to know whether the original location had reopened yet. Say, what's the phone number of the new place?

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

          Little Pepper
          18-24 College Point Blvd, Queens, NY 11356

          1. re: squid kun

            Same as the old #. 718-939-7788.
            They indicated the Flushing location may not be open again until late July................
            That means next year if ever.......
            Field Trip to College Point!!
            Regards,
            JK

            1. re: johnk

              Thanks so much for reporting the good news!

          2. re: johnk

            Just curious about the first one--it's more convenient to me, as I can take the LIRR to Flushing.

            1. re: kathryn

              It's on my jogging route. Guess where I will be running this, coming weekend :-)
              LIRR doesn't go there, not even close, but there is a Q-bus stop nearby.

              1. re: kathryn

                I was in the neighborhood on Sat and wound up parking on Roosevelt directly across from the original LP location. There was lots of activity going on, with large sheets of dry wall being brought downstairs. I guess we'll see what's actually happening with that location pretty soon.

                By the way, when I wandered into the Flushing Mall for my usual hit of Xi'an's lamb sandwich, I ran into jeffsayyes doing a pot luck'ish food tasting event, where everyone bought $10 worth of food from any of the stalls and everyone else shared. Looked good... too bad I'd eaten.

          3. FYI they are not open for lunch during the week. I rode by today.
            Not sure about the weekends. Did anyone see the hours?

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            1. re: billhill

              As per the sign on the storefront gate, it's open every day except Thursdays from 11 AM to 10 PM. I strolled by today and I learned I was being too impatient. :-)
              There is a Q20, Q65 bus stop nearby. It's like 30 blocks up and 20 across from the nearest LIRR or a subway station, so either driving or taking a bus is recommended.

              1. re: billhill

                so to those who have had meals at the Roosevelt location, any recommendations for seafood dishes? any scallops or fish dishes. My g/f doesn't eat meat. Thanks much.

                1. re: bcmchong

                  Assuming they have kept most if not all of the former menu...

                  Appetizers:
                  Preserved Egg with with Green Peppers in a Spicy Sauce
                  Fried Potatoes in Hot Sauce
                  Cucumbers in Mashed Garlic Sauce
                  Bean Sprouts with Shredded Radish and Carrots in a Spicy Sauce
                  Dried Radishes in Hot Sauce

                  Fish:
                  Fresh Fish in Hot Bean Paste
                  Fresh Fish with Bean Curd

                  Braised eel or Braised Sliced Fish or Braised Shrimp in a Spicy Soup Base

                  A good dozen+ vegetable dishes and another dozen+ Chef's Specialties with Frog, eel, Shrimp, Squid, Crab, Fish, etc.

                  1. re: scoopG

                    Went last night at about 7:30. 2 groups of 6-8 people chowing down but that was it. The place is beautiful! Had some spicy cold noodle, cumin lamb and kung pao chicken.
                    Going next weekend for some seafood....
                    They are offering a "preview discount" of 20% off your bill until the end of March!!
                    Parked right across the street. Had a big, spicy smile on my face driving home.
                    Regards,
                    John K.

                      1. re: johnk

                        johnK, by chance were you there as a party of two? Were you with a woman who had brown or dark hair?

                          1. re: johnk

                            ...small World...I sat at the table behind you. Glad you enjoyed your meal as much as we did. :)

                            1. re: bcmchong

                              It's a Little Pepper World after all!

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                              Little Pepper
                              18-24 College Point Blvd, Queens, NY 11356

                    1. re: bcmchong

                      So I was there last night also...my g/f and I ordered the fried rice cakes with fish slices - the fish was done to perfection, fried potato with pickled cabbage (recommended by the waitress who spoke good English) - I had never had anything like that before and it was very good and twice cooked pork - great flavor but the cut of meat was a little fatty. I also noticed that they had Singapore chili crab on the menu. Really interested in trying that next time.

                      Place was clean and very pleasant. I highly recommend it!

                      1. re: bcmchong

                        Those dishes sound great bcmchong, I just wish this new branch weren't so much farther away. When I heard they were opening on CP Boulevard, I wasn't expecting it to be on the part actually IN College Point!

                        1. re: Jophan

                          Hi Jophan,
                          You make it sound like it's in New Jersey!
                          Real quick bus ride (free transfer from the subway) gets you there!
                          Regards,
                          JK

                  2. I came in last night and the place was practically empty but when I left around 8pm the place was packed. I hope they keep doing brisk business. It's a nice and clean place with the same great food. Also lots of street parking to be had.

                    The owner told my friend that her husband got into an accident and how it'll affect the reopening of the original location. She's not sure if it's indefinitely or postpone.

                    My friend and I tried something new with mushrooms and cured pork. Divine!

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                    Little Pepper
                    18-24 College Point Blvd, Queens, NY 11356

                        1. re: johnk

                          OMG, it's like some beautiful dream. You're asleep and somehow Little Pepper has been transformed into a "nice" place, clean, dare I say charming. The menus aren't sticky. A trip to the bathroom doesn't make you shudder. There's someone who speaks good English and can suggest things. The owner looks happy and 10 years younger. There's plentiful parking and you don't travel in fear of running over a hundred pedestrians with each turn. But the food is the same! As I said, OMG.

                          We had been jonesing for this place so badly we stuck with our classics. Incredibly, the cold sesame noodle -- which is without compare in NY, Spicy & Tasty pales beside it, IMO -- does not seem to appear on the menu, though they were happy to serve it. While it was superfluous, we ordered the hot & sour soup just because we had been missing it so much. The beef (or lamb) with cumin in foil -- you know which dish I mean -- was exactly the same, which is to say one of the most amazing dishes you'll ever have. The eggplant in garlic was ever so slightly different, fewer chiles, a touch sweeter, but still amazing. We asked for a couple of Tsingtaos but they didn't have any, they offered two warm bottles of Bud and suggested we hit the grocery down the street for beer (not a problem).

                          Seriously, we come out from Jersey -- not infrequently -- to eat at this place, it's that much better than anything we know in any of the five boros, or the rest of the US for that matter. Little Pepper is back! One day we'll be nostalgic for the dive atmosphere at the old place, and maybe they'll re-open it one day. Doesn't matter -- wherever this guy cooks, that's where we're going. Woo hoo!

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

                          Little Pepper
                          18-24 College Point Blvd, Queens, NY 11356

                          1. re: delanor

                            The wrapped lamb you mentioned is probably "paper lamb" (on the wall it is į´™åŒ…įžŠč‚‰). It is their chef's specialty and is a most wonderful dish.

                            1. re: diprey11

                              Is the "paper lamb" in foil the same as the cumin lamb in the original restaurant?

                              Hope to get to the new place soon.....

                        2. re: Joe MacBu

                          They're closed on Thursdays - I learned that the hard way.

                          1. re: Joe MacBu

                            We went on Sunday. I wouldn't say the decor is charming, but it was certainly nice to park right outside the restaurant, have a conversation with the waitress with ease, and have the same fabulous food as always. Little Pepper rocks more than ever!

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                            Little Pepper
                            18-24 College Point Blvd, Queens, NY 11356