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Apr 11, 2011 06:51 AM

Outer Boroughs Food Trip

What are the top ten must have food finds in the OBs? I love Sripraphai and am very excited about Han Chin Po Cha. Flushing and the malls are outer-standing! The trucks, bakeries and grocery stores are tremendous. So much to little time. Please advise.

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  1. the entire outer boroughs??? dude, just move here.

    7 Replies
    1. re: Jeffsayyes

      Really. Probably mostly Flushing.

      1. re: EATTV

        Hi EATTV,

        Since you mentioned Flushing, I recommend you try Korean-style fried chicken. It's nearby and will likely be very different from a lot of the other recommendations you'll be receiving for this area.

        I posted about Korean fried chicken a while ago:

        but there are more recent posts that you should be able to locate using the search feature if you're interested. My favorite is still Kyedong (150-54 Northern Blvd, Flushing).


        Glendale is hungry...

        Kyedong Chicken
        150-54 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

        1. re: Glendale is hungry

          I am a big Bon Chon fan and the others pretenders to the K(orean)FC throne have been disappointing. Kyedong you say?

          1. re: EATTV

            Kyedong isn't far from Han Shin Po Cha (Goo Gang Tan), and it's not a bad type of pairing actually. Korean drinking food. For the trifecta, I'd head on down Northern to Tang, and get their bo ssam platter with oysters. I had it recently and can't get it out of my mind. Delicious stuff.

            Han Shin Pocha
            40-03 149th Pl, Queens, NY 11354

            196-50 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

            1. re: Polecat

              It's been a few years, but I loved the food and vibe at Goo Gong Tan. Buckets of clams over charcoal, free-flowing beer and soju - what's not to like? (Appreciated your recent post on the Sik Gaek thread, too.)

              Tell me more about that oyster platter at Tang - sounds like it's worth a trip.

              1. re: squid kun

                yeah, sik gaek - i definitely would not make a special trip from outside of queens for them, although it is a fun place.

                tang is more upscale, if not that much more expensive than places like Goo Gong Tan, Sik Gaek - your basic soju and bar food joints. the food is better. Tang is related to the Gam Mi Oak (sorry for the poor spelling) restaurants in K-town and Jersey, so it has some pedigree. They specialize in Seollentang - or ox-bone soup - and beyond that one of their assets is that they have a limited menu of mostly platters, such as jeon (deep fried pancakes) and the one I mentioned.

                It's actually a bo ssam platter. Steamed squares of tender and fatty pork belly laid out in neat little rows, accompanied by super-fresh oysters and strands of radish kimchi. since the pork is steamed, some of the fat drips out but the flavor gets absorbed right back in. This is classic Korean drinking food, only of a much higher level than you're going to find in a great many places. It's not cheap - the platter clocks in in the mid-20's - but one platter will easily serve two people.

                Naturally, I highly recommend the seoullentang, their specialty. The sam gye tang is also good, my favorite that I've tried here in NYC.

                Tang definitely deserves an updated thread of its' own on this board. I was thinking of doing one, but have been lazy. It's yet another Korean specialist that has made Auburndale/Murray Hill a destination hood.


                Sik Gaek
                40-01 149th Pl, Queens, NY 11354

          2. re: Glendale is hungry

            I heard about this place (Kyedong). A few friends have gone and liked it, but I haven't gone yet.