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Nice Taiwanese restaurant in Queens

jinweng Feb 12, 2012 07:03 PM

I'm looking for a nice Taiwanese restaurant - nice decor, white tablecloth if possible, to take out clients who are curious about Taiwanese food. I know there are lots of very good Taiwanese places in Flushing, but a lot of them are holes in the wall...

  1. scoopG Feb 13, 2012 07:41 AM

    Main Street Imperial, while not clothed in white table cloths is not a hole-in-the-wall and should fit the bill.

    Main Street Imperial – Taiwanese

    Taiwanese in Queens:

    Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet
    59-14 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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    1. re: scoopG
      scoopG Mar 29, 2012 02:55 PM

      I think 101 Taiwanese can be added to this thread:

    2. Polecat Feb 13, 2012 09:32 AM

      Red Chopsticks is also a fairly nice place.

      Red Chopstick
      136-17 41st Ave, Queens, NY 11355

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      1. re: Polecat
        scoopG Feb 13, 2012 10:43 AM

        Haven't been yet but Lau and others have:

        1. re: scoopG
          Polecat Feb 13, 2012 02:50 PM

          yeah, so have i. once. the food was decent, if unspectacular. it was only one visit so it's not fair
          to compare it yet to other joints that i've been to more often, ie Main Street Imperial, Gu Xiang and Niu Riou Mien (formerly King 5). The decor is definitely a cut above, though, and i wouldn't object to returning eventually.

          There's also a newish Taiwanese across from Shanghai Tide - same street as the two Malaysian joints as well - that seems, from a decor point of view, to fit the OP's standards.


          Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet
          59-14 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

          135-40 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

          Niu Rou Mian
          39-07 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

          1. re: Polecat
            Lau Mar 29, 2012 11:25 AM

            Red chopsticks: the one standout dish at red chopstick is the chicken roll which was really good as it was as good as what you get in Asia, id definitely recommend that dish

            Gu xiang: as far as the other dishes, i prefer gu xiang to red chopsticks although stick to the dishes I order as not all of their food is good in particular im not much a fan of most of their street food

            main street: the one meal i had there was pretty decent, but they had cong ying tou (scallion fly head) that was really good, I'm planning on going back to do a real review soon

            1. re: Lau
              scoopG Mar 29, 2012 02:50 PM

              It's Cang - or cāng 蒼 - not cong as in scallion 蔥.

              Actually there is no scallion in the dish that I recall but there are chive flowers. The dish is just called Fly's Head or Fly's Head with Chinese Chives. Fly's head because the black beans look like well....Fly's head! There is no English translation on their menu and the dish is a unique creation of Main Street. In Chinese: 韭菜花炒蠅蒼頭 - Jiǔ cái huā chǎo cāng yíng tóu. Number 24 on Main Street's take-out menu and I think #22 on their in-house menu. This cāng 蒼 can mean a surname or color.

              1. re: scoopG
                scoopG Mar 30, 2012 07:14 AM

                Sorry, I transposed two of the characters 蒼 cāng and 蠅 yíng! Fly Heads with Chinese Chives should read as follows:

                韭菜花炒蒼蠅頭 - Jiǔ cài huā chǎo cāng yíng tóu)

                1. re: scoopG
                  Lau Mar 30, 2012 07:42 AM

                  you are correct, i double checked it

        2. re: Polecat
          chefjellynow Feb 15, 2012 11:46 AM

          i second red chopsticks

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