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Good Cantonese restaurant in Queens needed

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sachertorte9 Apr 23, 2013 11:29 AM

Could I get some recommendations for a good Cantonese restaurant in Queens? Any part of Queens is OK as I have a car. I'm looking for a place that serves the kind of food I ate as a kid: wonton soup, spare ribs, jumbo shrimp with mixed vegetables, steak kew...I guess Americanized dishes that are fresh, tasty, and prepared without MSG. (Kind of like the way King Yum used to be.)

I don't need a place that is fancy, in fact it could be very plain, decor doesn't matter much, I just wish it to be clean. Thanks in advance!

  1. PHREDDY Apr 24, 2013 04:07 AM

    Here's one around at least 30 years that I know of. JJ Garden. Located in east Elmhurst in a small shoppng center on 77th street and I believe 30th avenue. Also in that group of stores is Cannle a French pastry shop, that is super! Steamed dumplings, ribs, house special fried rice, egg rolls, give it a try and let me know what you think

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      sachertorte9 Apr 24, 2013 10:22 AM

      Thank you so much, Phreddy! I have actually been to JJ Garden several times, but a very long time ago and completely forgot about this place. Now, I can't wait to go back!

      Stranded Yankee and swannee, I recall JJ being a very unpretentious little place, that served good food at very down to earth, reasonable prices. How I forgot about them, I don't know, but I will be going back very soon and not forgetting them again!

      It's funny, but some of the restaurants that get all the hype have really let me down in the past. Imperial Palace, for example, is a place I haven't tried, and don't intend to because of all the hype. A friend who did recently try it told me it wasn't the big deal its made out to be on the internet, and was pricy. I'll take a humble, honest meal at a not so talked about restaurant any day over that, but that's just me.

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        debinqueens Apr 25, 2013 11:51 AM

        JJ Garden is really still good. they have some nice old school dishes like tung ting shrimp and a house shrimp dish with walnuts and shrimp chips. i like eating in, 'cause while it's not the classic look of a vintage cantonese place, it is comfy.

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          PHREDDY Apr 30, 2013 04:20 AM

          Plenty of free parking!

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      swannee Apr 23, 2013 06:24 PM

      there are a number of good Cantonese places in Queens (Imperial Garden, East River, etc,) but they don't serve the Sino-American food of our youth.

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        StrandedYankee Apr 23, 2013 11:36 AM

        SacherTorte, if you find it, let me know. I will totally join you there!

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