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Flushing for foodie and non-foodies to all enjoy?

iheartbacon Aug 29, 2011 10:27 PM

I'm heading to the US Open with my family this weekend and want to take the opportunity to try a new place in Flushing. My wish list includes Little Pepper, Spice and Tasty, and Hunan Kitchen.

The challenge: overall they're not the most adventurous eaters and are used to mostly Americanized Chinese food. (They have enjoyed Grand Sichuan on 7th Ave S but stick to familiar menu items) My mom also doesn't do spicy.

Which of these places (or others) would you recommend?

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

Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan
42-47 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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

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  1. Polecat RE: iheartbacon Aug 30, 2011 06:56 AM

    First off, I would scratch Hunan Kitchen for sure. 90 percent of their menu items are under Hunan headings and have the little red pepper affixed to their left. They do a few American comfort items, I believe, but it's not exactly an extensive choice.

    It's been a while since I've been to Spicy and Tasty, but I don't recall their having all that many of the American staples either - could be wrong. I wouldn't take someone there who isn't familiar with or curious about Sichuan.

    A good Cantonese, though not included in your wish list, is ideal, in that your guests could not only order what they like, but it will also be good. The golden thread fried rice at Canton Gourmet, for example, is excellent, as are their Peking pork chops. CG also does a good garlic fried chicken. Imperial Palace would also be a safe bet.


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

    Canton Gourmet
    38-08 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

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      iheartbacon RE: Polecat Aug 30, 2011 07:41 AM

      thanks for the suggestions! Cantonese might be the way to go to please everyone.

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      kathryn RE: iheartbacon Aug 30, 2011 07:29 AM

      Nan Xiang maybe?

      Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
      38-12 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

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        iheartbacon RE: kathryn Aug 30, 2011 07:38 AM

        Nan Xiang is my favorite for soup dumplings but I've never really explored the rest of the menu as it's usually one stop on a food crawl for me. Is there enough to make a complete dinner there?

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          kathryn RE: iheartbacon Aug 30, 2011 08:14 AM

          Try the turnip puffs, noodle dishes, beef stuffed scallion pancake, cold cucumber salad.

      2. janie RE: iheartbacon Aug 30, 2011 10:49 AM

        Spicy and tasty is great for both, and make a reservation so you get an upstairs round table--there is a thread for spicy and tasty somewhere, do a search, but there was an extensive discussion about non spicy dishes to order there with a mixed group...my recommendations :
        Shrimp with turnips (this is very spicy but excellent)-you can also get it with squid but I think it's better this way...shrimp with leeks is completely not spicy and safe, clams with black bean, not spicy, safe, shrimp or tilapi with black bean (served on bed spinach) not spicy safe--cold red chili noodles very spicy, but great---sesame noodles (no meat)--not spicy, and great....lots of other cold appetizers that are not spicy either....watercress, not spicy---as far as the other dishes, many people like smoked duck, etc....look through that thread and see what appeals to you, but food wise and atmosphere wise, and parking wise, (municipal down block), spicy and tasty is a good bet...they got a B inspection just so you know, but I've eaten there for years and have never been sick--and it looks clean---there are many worse offenders in Flushing for sure---but I am very particular about restaurant cleanliness, but I let them slide, only from my personal experience.....

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

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          AubWah RE: iheartbacon Aug 30, 2011 04:03 PM

          Go to Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan. Trust me.

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