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Sep 28, 2012 01:20 PM

Good Flushing Chinese with a lot of people

Help! I need to scout a place for dinner tomorrow night in Flushing, for 10 to 12 people including kids. For various reasons, we don't know the exact time so I can't make reservations in advance.
We like good Chinese food- have been to Sichuan province several times so we know the real deal. I've been to Spicy & Tasty and to Hunan Kitchen before with smaller groups, but I am not sure if they can accommodate us. I've also been to some nameless Cantonese places that looked like they could handle large groups, but I didn't much care for the food. I don't want to do the food courts because they are too rushed and not relaxing - we want to be able to talk while we eat. Beer or wine would be nice too.

So advice on interesting, good Chinese places in Flushing that could handle a bunch of people on a Saturday night, and also serve beer/wine and don't need reservations? Is this an impossibility?

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  1. Spicy Road. Large tables, spicy, excellent Northeastern Chinese food, Spaten Lager $10/pitcher.

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    1. re: Peter Cuce

      Surprisingly good food. Their steamed fish with shredded lamb is a must-try (appears on the menu as 蒸魚羊) Although the food is more Manchu than Sichuan, I found their Chong Qing spicy chicken (重慶 辣子雞) excellent. The attention to detail is unbelievable and even simple food (such as fried dumplings) tastes right and is worth ordering. And don't forget the stewed pork! Because it pairs so well with the mushroom dry stir-fry (which happens to be an indigenous Sichuan technique)

      1. re: diprey11

        hmm haven't been to spicy road or even heard of it actually...sounds interesting

        1. re: Lau

          It's been there a while, although I believe it changed hands sometime this year. The English name remains Spicy Road but the Chinese name changed from Tianjin Beijing Restaurant to Four Seas Restaurant. It's one of my overall favorite places, with dishes you don't see elsewhere. Rather than write it up myself, I'll attach some of my dining companion Eric Malson's blog posts about the spot:

          Here are photos I've taken over my many visits.

            1. re: Peter Cuce

              btw what exactly are your favorite dishes here? i sort of struggle a bit to a certain degree at these northern chinese restaurants as i find the food often tastes much different than it looks and you know im heavily biased towards southern food, so i want to make sure to order the right dishes

              also the fish dish you got, does it have the muddy fresh water taste to it?

              1. re: Lau

                Their steamed fish didn't taste muddy, but there is a reason why they add lamb to it (which is a common Northern recipe)

                1. re: diprey11

                  you mean b/c its a northern recipe is why they added lamb to it?

              2. re: Peter Cuce

                Thanks much - will have to check this place out!

                1. re: scoopG

                  They have rabbit on the menu but... that's a big secret, let's keep it just between two us. ;-) Never tried it though, so can't comment on the quality.

          1. Spicy Tasty has large tables in their backroom. Hunan House (not Hunan Kitchen) has large tables although their menu has changed A LOT. Mulan can handle a large group and has a good wine selection.

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            1. re: Pookipichu

              In what way has Hunan House's menu changed? I know they had a chef change..

              1. re: AubWah

                They've removed many of the dishes I used to order such as the lotus leaf steamed pork and this is recent (past few months) long after one of the chefs departed to open Hunan Kitchen of Szechuan.

                1. re: Pookipichu

                  Never been to Hunan House-only HKGS

                    1. re: Lau

                      Was last at Hunan House about five months ago and it is still excellent -at least then anyway. It is great for a large group as they have a rear area with large tables and it is usually quieter there.

                      1. re: scoopG

                        ahh thats good, i havent been going to flushing much been really busy and i still have so many asia posts to write, but i need to start exploring again more

                        although im goign to start exploring the korean area of flushing heavily soon

                        1. re: Lau

                          I did not find that the fish had a muddy taste in the least. The dish of whole fish with lamb looked truly bizarre! But I would try it immediately(except than I am in Venice).

                          1. re: swannee

                            u replied to the wrong part of the thread, but good to know b/c i can't stand that muddy taste

                1. re: Lau

                  +1, favorite for group dinning in Flushing.

                2. Went to Spicy Road bc of the big review above and the nice pics. Got the Xinjiang Style Sautéed Sliced Beef. Sorry but it was terrible. Beef belly needs to be trimmed properly and here it is not. The sliced beef belly comes with stringy gristle that is not edible. Its not easy trim on the plate using chopsticks. If you want beef belly, have it a Korean BBQ where it is always trimmed properly. I'll probably try Spicy Road one more time but less motivated now.

                  One positive is that you can park in the lot around the corner, in between the red lines. There's no signs that I saw but I had a hunch and asked the waitstaff. The lot is shared the neighboring BBQ restaurant.

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                  1. re: tkny123

                    You're panning it based on one dish?

                    1. re: tkny123

                      What Peter said. Though right now, my favorite restaurant in Flushing is Yi Lan Halal Restaurant, across the street and a bit north of Spicy Road.

                      1. re: Pan

                        Yi Lan is very good, but I don't know that you can say one is better than the other - they are so different. There are 5-10 restaurants in Flushing that I'd put roughly on the same level. Choosing is based on which cuisine you feel like eating, not on quality.

                        1. re: Peter Cuce

                          Peter, note that I didn't say it was the best, just my favorite right now.

                      2. re: tkny123

                        On Spicy Road’s menu, that dish is listed is Xinjiang Style Sautéed Sliced Beef(新疆炒肥牛- Xīnjiāng chǎo féi niú).

                        The key term here is 肥牛- féi niú or “fat beef.”

                        Often times on the menu that can denote “chef’s choice” or that the meat is rich and juicy. (There is also “fat lamb” but oddly enough, not “fat pork – well there is “fat pork” but that is hurled as a insult at evil doers!)

                        I had a great meal there recently - they have standout lamb dumplings for one and a friendly vibe all the way around.