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

HawaiiFoodGuy Sep 9, 2012 06:49 PM

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!


  1. scoopG Sep 10, 2012 04:47 AM

    You won't find many yellow cabs in Flushing but lots of livery drivers in mostly black Lincoln Town cars. They park and wait for riders along Roosevelt and Main Streets. Here are some options:

    Fu Run – Manchurian

    Golden Palace - Manchurian

    Henan Fengwei:

    Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan:

    Hunan House:

    Jiang Li – Northern/Manchurian:

    Main Street Imperial – Taiwanese:

    SN New Restaurant (Qingdao):

    Rural - Manchurian

    Spicy and Tasty

    Red Chopsticks:

    Rifu (Chinese-Korean):

    Yi Lan Halal Chinese:

    Golden Mall:

    5 Replies
    1. re: scoopG
      scoopG Sep 10, 2012 05:28 AM

      ...and of course the New World Mall Food Court:


      1. re: scoopG
        HawaiiFoodGuy Sep 11, 2012 01:12 AM

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

        1. re: HawaiiFoodGuy
          Steve R Sep 12, 2012 11:54 AM

          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
            HawaiiFoodGuy Sep 16, 2012 08:36 PM

            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
              Steve R Sep 17, 2012 06:59 AM

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

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        Chandavkl Sep 9, 2012 10:03 PM

        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: Chandavkl
          HawaiiFoodGuy Sep 11, 2012 01:14 AM

          Thanks so much; that's great info!

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          swannee Sep 9, 2012 07:23 PM

          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
            HawaiiFoodGuy Sep 9, 2012 07:30 PM

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

            1. re: HawaiiFoodGuy
              thegforceny Sep 9, 2012 07:39 PM

              Here is a great resource to map your options:

              1. re: thegforceny
                HawaiiFoodGuy Sep 9, 2012 08:00 PM

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

              2. re: HawaiiFoodGuy
                Gin n Tonic Sep 9, 2012 07:55 PM

                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
                  HawaiiFoodGuy Sep 9, 2012 08:00 PM

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

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