Suggestions Wanted For Elmhurst Chinatown Food Crawl
Haven't been to Elmhurst to eat in over 15 years, so now might be a good time to check it out. Looking for recommendations that take geographical proximity into account. Thanks in advance.
David, are you asking for Chinese restaurant recs or just Elmhurst recs in general? Two of those places are predominantly or all Indonesian. Otherwise I could recommend many things including Chao Thai. Don't bother with Lao Bei Fang dumpling house either - it looks good walking by, but nothing special. Elmhurst doesn't have a huge number of great Chinese spots - it's more notable for having lots of different Asian cuisines in one area.
It would be difficult to get lost in Elmhurst. Just waltz up and down Broadway! Elmhurst is now one of seven NYC communities with at least 15,000 Chinese - that's up from only two in 2000! Here are some past threads:
Rice Roll Cart:
Edit: Fujian immigrants have opened one or two places on Broadways as well.
84-02 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373
83-29 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373
I've heard of five of them - Chinatown in Manhattan, Flushing, Elmhurst of course, Sunset Park and Homecrest. What are the other two? Or, are some of the others being counted in more than one piece? (i.e., in Manhattan, Chinatown proper and East Broadway)
Glendale is hungry...
re: Glendale is hungry
Actually it is more Glendale! As per the 2010 NYC census data there are 475,000 Asians in NYC - up 33% from 2000. 47% of all Asians are classified as Chinese. So Flushing is number one Manhattan with 50K Asians, followed by Manhattan's Chinatown.
The NYC Dept. of City Planning uses Neighborhood Tabulation Areas (NTA) as the working definition of a NYC neighborhood. There are 13 NTA's with more than 15,000 Asians; they are: Elmhurst, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst, Murray Hill, Jackson Heights, Forest Hills, Lower East Side, Woodside, South Ozone Park, Richmond, Bayside, East Flushing and Sunnyside.
As for Forest Hills, the Asian population is definitely growing, but it has not, at all, yet translated into an Asian business district/food culture. The closest we have to that is the Fay Da Bakery on Queens Blvd. The rest of the restaurants here are Americanized versions of Chinese and Thai food.
I think that will change one day, perhaps in another 5-10 years, but there's no sign of it happening anytime sooner.
Fay Da Bakery
107-50 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11375
Why the "crawl"?
First off, Elmhurst is not like Flushing. There are no food courts to speak of, so it's not a great neighborhood for grazing, or snacking at 4 or 5 different places.
If you haven't been in a long while, why not try a meal at a good restaurant. Go for the 3 buddies salad at Chao Thai, then grab a Vietnamese coffee from either Pho Bang or Cafe Joju on Broadway and go sit in the park and watch life go by. In an hour or so, if you're hungry again, get some Cheung Fun with fish balls and hot sauce from the cart in front of the shopping center or grab a taco cecina from La plaza Deli on Whitney.
You know your stuff - I've seen your numerous Ctown posts - so trust your instincts, let your stomach be your guide and, most of all, make a point of hitting up Elmhurst more often.
85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373
82-90 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373
83-25 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373