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Sep 9, 2012 06:49 PM

Chinese Restaurant on Christmas Day, during 5-hour JFK Layover

Aloha Friends,

Wanting to keep the Chinese food on Christmas day tradition alive, I submit myself to you...

We'll be flying into JFK on Christmas Day and will have at least a 5-hour layover. We'd like some suggestions, tips and pointers on how best (and where, of course!) to pull this off. I was told that we will want to get to Queens.

Your information will make our Christmas that much more delicious.

Many Thanks!


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  1. Lots of good choices in Flushing quite near the airport. For Sichuan, Spicy and Tasty. For Northeast., Fu Run. For Cantonese, Imperial Palace. Hunan at Sichuan Taste. Or Lau's Taiwanese place.

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    1. re: swannee

      Thank you swannee! Is this area best accessible via a taxi, or is there good, swift public transportation to these areas?

        1. re: thegforceny

          Thank you thegforceny! That's a very helpful site.

        2. re: HawaiiFoodGuy

          Take a cab. You'll never get there by public transit if you don't know the city. Even if you do it'll take an hour, versus 15 min for the cab. "Quite near" is 10 miles here.

          1. re: Gin n Tonic

            Thanks Gin n Tonic! You guys (& gals!) are the greatest.

      1. I made the dash from JFK to Flushing by taxi a little over a year ago with a smaller time window and it worked out fine. It was well under a half hour cab ride each way which gives plenty of time to eat in Flushing. My only anxiety was wondering if I could easily catch a cab back from Flushing to JFK, given that you can't hail a cab or find a waiting cab as easily in Flushing as you can in Manhattan, particularly since there are no hotels in Flushing where cabs line up. However a couple of the guys on the board indicated that there is an unofficial cab stand at Roosevelt and Main St. (SE corner, I believe). And while there isn't always a cab there, I was lucky that one was parked there when I was ready to head back. You might want have the cab from JFK take you to the New World Mall food court (approximately Roosevelt and Main) and choose from the 30 food stalls there.

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            1. re: scoopG

              Wow, scoopG, I owe ya big time. Thank you.

              1. re: HawaiiFoodGuy

                Matthew -

                ScoopG's list is perfect. However, if I was you, I'd spend the time going from stall to stall at Golden Mall and New World Food Court. More your speed.... lots to sample. But if you want a sit down, Fu Run is a great choice (read the threads scoopG linked)... so's Spicy and Tasty. And they're 1/2 block from each other.

                Too bad you're only here for 5 hours on Xmas Day, when we're committed to family. Are you stopping in NYC on your way back? If so, give us some notice and I'll round up scoopG and a bunch of others to take you guys around. Ginny and I still owe you for a great Oahu C'town "hole in the wall" tour several years ago. Have a great time on your trip.

                1. re: Steve R

                  Steve R -- Wow, thanks! Keira and I will be in NYC from 3-10 December, prior going to London & Paris, and back home via Las Vegas. Keira and I will be tying the knot on December 8th in NYC...finally! All the crazy wedding planning of trying to do it here in Honolulu gave way to our December holiday. Isn't that cool?! We'd love to see you while there, especially if it involves great food! If you are able, please contact me at Hawaii Food Tours, ok? Aloha!

                  1. re: HawaiiFoodGuy

                    Done. Let me know if you dont get an e-mail. And congrats to you and Keira. See you in December.