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IrnScrabbleChf52 Dec 13, 2011 11:01 AM

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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    ForestHillsFresser Dec 13, 2011 01:51 PM

    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.

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

    1. BTaylor Dec 13, 2011 04:49 PM

      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.

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      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

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        AubWah Dec 13, 2011 04:59 PM

        Try Yi Mei Fung Bakery

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

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          Lau Dec 14, 2011 08:31 AM

          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/corner-28-%E2%80%93-peking-duck-buns-why-has-someone-not-done-this-in-manhattan/

          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-bear-%E2%80%93-my-favorite-dumplings-in-ny/

          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

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          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

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          1. re: Lau
            Miss Needle Dec 14, 2011 10:20 AM

            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.

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              Lau Dec 14, 2011 10:55 AM

              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

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              IrnScrabbleChf52 Dec 14, 2011 11:24 AM

              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.

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                Lau Dec 14, 2011 11:27 AM

                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

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                  mookleknuck Dec 14, 2011 11:31 AM

                  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.

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                    scoopG Dec 14, 2011 02:14 PM

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

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                      Lau Dec 14, 2011 02:35 PM

                      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

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                        AubWah Dec 14, 2011 02:52 PM

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

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                          Lau Dec 14, 2011 05:21 PM

                          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

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                      scoopG Dec 14, 2011 02:19 PM

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

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

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

                       
                  2. Miss Needle Dec 14, 2011 10:24 AM

                    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.

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

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                      kathryn Dec 14, 2011 12:01 PM

                      Here is my guide to Flushing.

                      2nd the roast duck bun stall, Temple Snacks, White Bear, and would add on Best North Dumpling, Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, Zhu Ji Guo Tie , XinJiang BBQ Master, Wang-Zheng's Halal Snacks (Golden Mall), Sun Mary Bakery.

                      Unfortunately Guang Zhou aka Perfect Team Corporation has closed (boo).

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7654...

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

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

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

                      Sun Mary Bakery
                      133-57 41st Rd, Queens, NY 11355

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

                      Friendship Shopping Plaza
                      41-42A Main St, Queens, NY 11355

                      Zhu Ji Guo Tie
                      40-52 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

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                        AubWah Dec 14, 2011 01:43 PM

                        whats Zhu Ji Guo Tie?

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                          Lau Dec 14, 2011 02:00 PM

                          http://www.yelp.com/biz/zhu-ji-dumpli...

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                          Zhu Ji Guo Tie
                          40-52 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

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                            AubWah Dec 14, 2011 02:31 PM

                            interesting, do you like this place lau?

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                              Lau Dec 14, 2011 02:34 PM

                              its pretty good, ive only gotten fried dumplings from there (they've got a bunch of other stuff). although its been probably 2+ years since ive gone there

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                              Zhu Ji Guo Tie
                              40-52 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

                      2. Peter Cuce Dec 15, 2011 07:17 AM

                        I wouldn't go to Flushing without going to the Ma La Xiang Guo stall in the New World Mall
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785435

                        And getting some 3 Treasure Dumplings from Stall 1 (in the back) and something from Sister Zhu at Savor Fusion, the newest food court, on Main & Maple.
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/808286

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                        Savor Fusion
                        42-01 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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                          saria Dec 16, 2011 09:28 AM

                          What about Carnation Bakery?
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/733839

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                          Carnation Bakery
                          46-05 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

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                            IrnScrabbleChf52 Dec 18, 2011 10:01 AM

                            thanks for all the recs! we started at corner 28 for peking duck sandwiches, went to golden mall--ma la rabbit and spicy double-cooked pork at chengdu heaven, spicy cumin lamb burgers at xian, lamb soup at nutritious lamb noodles. finished up at soy bean chan which was the real wow moment for me. super peaceful in there.

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

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

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

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