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Birthday Dinner in Queens

My niece has invited me to a post birthday dinner for next Wednesday.
She will be working in Flushing part of the day. I work in Manhattan and live in Forest Hills.
I don't kniw so many Queens restaurants. Was just reading about Danny Brown, know of Sripaphai. Have not been to either.
We do have a lot of flexibity because we can definitely drive to anothet neighborhood, which I normally don't do.
Just looking for someplace with good food, fun or interesting atmosphere, maybe a little special.
All suggestions are welcome.

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  1. srip is closed on wednesdays so that's out--this is a very general question, good is relative to what you want and how much you want to spend--danny brown tries to be like a manhattan restaurant, food is ok, but it's pricey and desserts are nothing much and $9 each --atmosphere is ok, a bit cold, and tables a bit close. Wafa's is very good Lebanese food, simple plain atmosphere, but good food and portion and decent prices. You can bring your own liquor if you want to Wafa's. It's been talked about a lot on the board so do a search for it. If she's in Flushing and you're coming from manhattan why not just meet in Flushing for dinner...tons of choices there, just depends what you want and how adventurous you are. Try to be a bit more specific to cuisine, and cost, and neigbohorhood..also, seems like you would want a place with exceptional dessert if it's a birthday dinner...

    1. Thank you, Janie. Yes, I have been to Wafa's and,enjoyed it a lot.
      It turned out this evening that my niece suggested that we do eat in Flushing, at Mudan (or Mulan). I did read some older comments here on the board.
      Does anyone have more recent experience , suggested dishes or avoids?
      She suggested that we then go to the tea house below.

      1. Mulan has an OK food, and it's somewhat fusion-y (in a good way). It positions itself as a trendy spot: it has a decent ambiance, a dessert selection, and a full bar. I haven't tried many dishes there but I liked their Beijing duck, which you need to order a couple days in advance (just make sure you ask for the whole BD meal --3 dishes).

        1. Ayada, Nusara, Chao Thai,.... all wonderful Thai and worth the trip.
          Uncle Zhou, Spicy and Tasty if you fancy wonderful Chinese.
          If you are hankering for a steak, I love La Fusta, Jackson Heights (Argentine)
          Lots of choices..

          1. Thank you so much, chasamark. These restaurants sound so good and I am happy to know about them for the future. My niece has chosen Mulan for our dinner Wednesday, followed by tea at the Rose House, so I would love to hear about any more suggested dishes or avoids there.

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            1. re: twochesters

              At Mulan I recommend the Peking duck, Long Jing sea bass, walnut shrimp, yellow eel with chives and stir fried pea shoots.

              At Rose Tea house I would stick to beverages as the snacks and pastries are a bit lackluster.

            2. Heavens twochesters!

              If you haven't been to Tazzina in Glendale (88th Street at 75th Avenue), you're missing out on something wonderful hidden right in your backyard.

              It's not far at all if you're driving. I know it's too late for the birthday dinner but this is an excellent choice for a reasonbly priced fine dining experience in Queens.

              This is my go-to place for a little fancy. Portions are ample. Atmosphere is mellow. Waitstaff is perfect. Desserts are a must (Nutella lava cake is very popular).

              I hope you'll check it out some time.


              Glendale is hungry...

              1. Great to know about these choices and pookipichu, thank you so much for the Mulan guidance.

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                1. re: twochesters

                  My pleasure, Mulan is probably the prettiest restaurant in Flushing. The food can be quite good when the kitchen isn't stressed by a banquet party (next door at their banquet hall Mudan). The wuxi spareribs are quite good as well but the tea flavored sea bass is one of their best dishes. Their lion's head meatballs has a seafood spin of crab meat in the sauce. Some people like it, but I like a more traditional recipe with the savory brown sauce. Eating in the pavilion with the falling water around you is a nice touch for a special occasion and you can request to sit there if you aren't being led there.

                  Mulan used to be more traditional but the menu has been evolving, sometimes to its detriment. For instance the Peking duck now includes potato chips, which it did not years before. The crab in the lion's head meatballs was not the original version served, etc. etc. The decor was more minimalist and elegant, only Liu Li Gong Fang was displayed in the glass, there were no leaf or light bric a brac... However, I still feel that Mulan is a great choice and underrated.

                2. Thank you. I'm looking forward to it. If we have dessert, then, should we have it at Mulan? And if so, what is good?

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                  1. re: twochesters

                    The desserts are ok, better than Rose Tea house, I've only had the creme brulee and lava cake. The night we ordered desserts, they took over 20 minutes to prepare so be advised that you might want to order ahead.