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Suggestions Wanted For Elmhurst Chinatown Food Crawl

Chandavkl Feb 26, 2012 07:47 PM

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.

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    AubWah RE: Chandavkl Feb 27, 2012 05:32 AM

    uncle zhou, java village, asian taste 86

    Java Village
    86-10 Justice Ave, Queens, NY 11373

    Uncle Zhou
    83-29 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

    Asian Taste 86
    86-10 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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      Peter Cuce RE: AubWah Feb 27, 2012 07:13 PM

      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.

    2. scoopG RE: Chandavkl Feb 27, 2012 02:40 PM

      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:

      Taiwanese Specialties:

      Uncle Zhou’s:

      Edit: Fujian immigrants have opened one or two places on Broadways as well.

      Taiwanese Specialties
      84-02 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

      Uncle Zhou
      83-29 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

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        Glendale is hungry RE: scoopG Feb 27, 2012 06:39 PM

        Hi scoopG,

        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...

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          Chandavkl RE: Glendale is hungry Feb 27, 2012 06:49 PM

          I'm guessing 86th St. in Brooklyn is one, but the other stumps me.

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            Peter Cuce RE: Glendale is hungry Feb 27, 2012 07:24 PM

            If you extrapolate from this article http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...

            I'm guessing: Manhattan Chinatown, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst, Elmhurst, Fresh Meadows, Queensborough Hills, Flushing (something like that)

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              scoopG RE: Glendale is hungry Feb 28, 2012 06:47 AM

              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.

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                ForestHillsFresser RE: scoopG Feb 28, 2012 08:28 AM

                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

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                  Chandavkl RE: ForestHillsFresser Feb 28, 2012 08:59 AM

                  Isn't East Ocean Palace supposedly authentic and good? I remember Golden Pond used to be at that location maybe 20 years ago and was quite good.

                  East Ocean Palace
                  113-15 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11375

          2. EricMM RE: Chandavkl Feb 27, 2012 03:02 PM

            Don't forget Ping's on Queens Blvd!

            83-02 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373

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              Mike R. RE: Chandavkl Feb 27, 2012 07:52 PM

              How mystical and fortunate it is that this very thread has "Triple-8s" (835888) in its topic number!

              That said, definitely make Ping's dim sum an early part of the crawl.

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                Peter Cuce RE: Mike R. Feb 27, 2012 07:56 PM

                :) They have a parking lot too, just in case you're driving.

              2. Polecat RE: Chandavkl Feb 27, 2012 09:10 PM

                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.


                Chao Thai
                85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

                Pho Bang
                82-90 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

                83-25 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

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                1. re: Polecat
                  Peter Cuce RE: Polecat Feb 27, 2012 09:15 PM

                  He lives in California :)

                2. Polecat RE: Chandavkl Feb 27, 2012 09:26 PM

                  I won't hold that against him.

                  1. squid kun RE: Chandavkl Feb 28, 2012 09:52 AM

                    There's also the Sichuan place, Sweet Yummy House. Haven't been, but I've seen brief, encouraging mentions here.

                    Sweet Yummy House
                    83-12 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

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                      pynchoff RE: squid kun Mar 1, 2012 06:55 AM

                      I second Sweet Yummy House. Their lunch specials are a bargain. Also try the specials listed in Chinese on the wall(they will translate for you).

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