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Dec 13, 2011 11:01 AM

The Flushing Experience for noobs

going to flushing with two people who have never ever been before and barely have any experience even with Manhattan's chinatown. that being said, both will eat whatever is in front of them--organ meats, super spicy, whatever whatever. on a 1-10 level of familiarity with flushing, i'm at about a 3-4. I think we're going to have a better experience not going to a sit-down restaurant, although I was thinking about Golden Palace. I was thinking about doing 90% of our eating in Golden Shopping Mall, which is my favorite. I think we will also stop at that Peking Duck place on the street corner just for the sake of novelty/the experience. Any other recommendations that will wow my friends? Specifically looking for good bakeries, because on my previous trips to flushing I've been disappointed every time.

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  1. For a purely "wow" experience, take them to the food court at the New World Mall. Talk about sensory overload! There are many posts on what to find there, so I won't attempt to do it here. I've been a dozen times and still feel awed by the choices. It's not the same feeling as walking into the food courts at Harrods in London, which, in my view is the greatest foodie experience, but it's fun nonetheless.

    New World Mall
    40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

    1. I don't know about the bakeries, since I don't really go for that sort of thing. Nor have I been to Golden Palace (still on my Flushing to-try list). But I will dispense advice anyways!

      I think Flushing can be divided into Chinese adventures and Korean adventures. If you are seeking the former, then you can divide that further into Sichuan, Northeast, Cantonese, Tsingtao, and sundry other subdivisions of Chinese cuisine. Thus, it takes more than one trip to win someone over to the pleasures of Flushing. The food court at New World Mall is amazing, and as close as going to China as you will find in America. This is enough to wow anyone who hasn't traveled to Asia. But for a more varied, and more immersive, experience, I would suggest planning a little eating adventure (this is if you want Chinese) of starting with some street foods on Main St., and then descending into Golden Mall for a lamb burger at Xian Famous Foods, and whatever else appeals, then up again for spicy wontons at White Bear, then dinner at Fu Run (have the cumin lamb and triple delight vegetable and many other things). Don't be afraid to wander down Main St., as there are always new things cropping up, and the range of offerings is exciting.

      Golden Shopping Mall
      41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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

      White Bear
      135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

      New World Mall
      40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

      1. Try Yi Mei Fung Bakery

        Yi Mei Bakery
        81-24 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

        1. ok, so if you don't want a sitdown restaurant and what to do a food tour type of thing, here's what i'd do:
          1) peking duck stall @ corner 28: I think you should go here and get a round of them
          - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775577
          - http://www.lauhound.com/2011/03/corne...

          2) temple snacks @ flushing mall: go get the "taiwanese hamburger" (gua bao) the flushing mall is closing soon, so this will be your last chance to get this. It's steamed pork belly, pickled vegetables, ground peanuts, a sweet brown sugar powder thing in a steamed white bun

          3) white bear: go get the wontons in hot oil
          - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/792866
          - http://www.lauhound.com/2011/06/white...

          4) soy bean chan: this is a flower shop on roosevelt between prince and main. Go get some salty silky tofu (xian dou hua) and sweet soy bean milk (tian dou jiang
          )- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/794182
          - http://www.lauhound.com/2011/07/soy-b...

          5) Xi'an @ golden mall: while you can get this in manhattan now, I would still go to the golden mall and get a lamb burger and liang pi at the golden mall. I really like the food at Xi'an and I think the execution is the best at the original branch which is at the golden mall. I think you and your guests will enjoy seeing the golden mall as it will be very different from anything you see in manhattan

          6) new world mall: you'll probably be too full to get any food here, but I would stop in to go see the food court, walk through the mall and check out the super market. It will be an experience for anyone not familiar with chinese stuff

          7) foot massage: after you're done eating, I highly recommend getting a foot massage, its a very relaxing and great when you're in food coma. My recommendation would be to go up 41st ave between main street and union. When you're walking up on the left side past red chopsticks (a restaurant) and you'll see a sign for a foot massage on the 3rd floor. Go up and take the elevator to the 3rd floor and you'll find a nice place that is quiet, professional and cheap, they do speak english as well. Go sit in a lazy boy and go get a 45 min or an hour long foot massage

          Also re: bakeries - the bakeries aren't that good in flushing fyi, that's not what i would go out there for that

          transport: i don't know where you're coming from, but generally i like to take the LIRR, its fast, cheap (make sure to buy a city ticket if its the weekend) and nice. you can take the chinatown bus, but that might be a little culture shock for you and its a dump. 7 train takes too long in my opinion

          Golden Shopping Mall
          41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

          Corner 28
          40-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

          Flushing Mall Food Court
          133-31 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

          White Bear
          135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

          Soy Bean Chen
          135-26 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

          Xi'an Famous Foods
          41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

          New World Mall
          40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

          10 Replies
          1. re: Lau

            At the original Xi'an, do they pull the noodles to order? I've given up on the Manhattan locations. Recently ordered some lamb cumin noodles at the Bayard Street location. From previous bad experiences, ordered it extra spicy and spice level was similar to what it used to be before the expansion. But the dish came out way too quickly and was definitely apparent that noodles were pre-made as it didn't have the same chew.

            1. re: Miss Needle

              well i haven't actually been there since the summer, but they did pull the noodles at that time...ive always found the original location to be better

            2. re: Lau

              definitely 1.
              haven't been to flushing mall in over a year, so will do. is there anything else in flushing mall that you would consider a must?
              3) not gonna lie, I didn't love white bear on my last visit, maybe will give it another try.
              4)--do you know how late soy bean chan is open? we'll be going at night/early evening.
              5) will probably skip only because i just had the liang pi at the bayard location earlier this week.

              on new world mall--the last time I was in flushing, I stopped here and was totally overwhelmed, just ended up getting dessert at the sweets spot (don't know what it's called), which I wasn't really impressed with. the super market was def cool though.

              1. re: IrnScrabbleChf52

                i haven't been to enough of the places at the new world mall, so far what ive had has been so so, but ive only been to like 3 of the stalls

                1. re: IrnScrabbleChf52

                  4) I think the soy stand is open until 7 or 8, so if you get there in the early evening, you should be okay.

                  1. re: IrnScrabbleChf52

                    Flushing Mall is pretty deserted these days. Temple Snacks worth a visit but all the action is now at The New World Mall.

                    1. re: scoopG

                      scoopG is correct that flushing mall is pretty dead with the exception of temple snacks and han kou / ah chung, which are both taiwanese

                      i hope both places reopen somewhere else in flushing when it closes

                      1. re: Lau

                        i used to get salt and pepper squid there all the time. i think it was a taiwanese place

                        1. re: AubWah

                          yah han kou / ay chung's salt and pepper squid is pretty tasty....they should re-open somewhere else, they did the best business of any place in the flushing mall

                    2. re: IrnScrabbleChf52

                      You can can excellent dumplings at Henan Fengwei or even M&T. M&T has about 7-8 kinds. Photo below.

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

                      Henan Feng Wei
                      136-31 41st Ave, Queens, NY 11355

                  2. I think the other posters gave you a good round-up of places to go. I'm not an Asian bakery person in general. But I think the best is probably Paris Baguette (Korean-based, not Chinese). But there's also a location in Manhattan now so it wouldn't be unique to Flushing.

                    Paris Baguette
                    136-20 38th Ave, Queens, NY 11354