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Aug 19, 2013 07:13 PM

Best place to take an adventurous kid for Chinese food in Flushing?

My son is a real NYer - he heard that he can get the best dumplings in Flushing and insists I take him there for a birthday lunch. I've never been there (we live in BK) so if you have a great kid friendly place (ie, not somewhere where everything is crazy spicy!) you love, post away!

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  1. Why not just visit the food stalls at either Golden Shopping Mall or New World Mall.

    1. If he wants the best dumplings take him to Tianjin Dumpling House in Golden Mall basement

        1. re: scoopG

          Thanks all for the quick responses!

          1. re: the Sparrow

            scoopG has good recs

            i like white bear personally for dumplings

            Golden Mall - That said if he wants to be adventurous, i would take him to golden mall as the food there is quite good and it's definitely a cool experience.

            New World Mall - I'd definitely take him to see it bc its huge, but ive found most of the food to be pretty mediocre

            Nan Xiang - i like nan xiang for soup dumplings which maybe for him

            Fuzhou cuisine - also assuming you live in the city, you should go here in the city, their dumplings are quite good

            1. re: Lau

              NB: the Wontons in Hot Oil at White Bear look like they might be really spicy, but they're not. They are, however, delicious.

              Golden Mall is a byzantine mall with multiple entrances on multiple streets and it makes you feel a little insane the first time you wander around.

              Here's some out of date maps from Serious Eats, but while the individual shops may have changed, the general layout is the same:

              1. re: kathryn

                Nothing like Golden Mall. Legendary

                1. re: AubWah

                  Thanks, guys. Golden Mall it is! I'm sure we'll both have some awesome eats there.

                  1. re: the Sparrow

                    I would go to Biang or Nan Xiang. Biang has wonderful lamb dumplings (in soup and without soup). Nan Xiang has soup dumplings and dumplings.

                    I enjoy Golden Mall but I wouldn't choose that as a first pick. It can be very dirty and crowded, especially at night on the weekends and I personally would not want that to be someone's first impression of Flushing. The streets can be a little eck as it is... Biang and Nan Xiang, while busy, keep very clean and offer wonderful food that will please your little adventurer.

                    1. re: Pookipichu

                      It's a lunch. The boy is a real NYer and wants the real deal. Golden Mall is magical

                      1. re: AubWah

                        Biang and Nan Xiang are just as real as Golden Mall. There's nothing that makes them a less worthy experience, and I felt it was important to note that they are cleaner. If I was taking little kids for their first adventure experience, that's where I would take them.

                        1. re: Pookipichu

                          Thanks so much! It does matter - to me if not my kid. I appreciate the honesty. Will report back.

                          1. re: the Sparrow

                            Pookipichu has a good point, golden mall might be a little overwhelming given the massive culture shock

                            you could realistically do white bear, nan xiang and biang in one sitting if you pace yourself and don't eat too much in any one of them. they are all very close to each other

                            1. re: the Sparrow

                              As someone who has taken her kids to Flushing for years (though my kids like spicy), let me weigh in here.

                              My kids love Golden Mall, but they have also spent a lot of time in Asia. It is byzantine, dirty, and crowded but it does feel like you've taken a trip to Asia.

                              I haven't been to Biang or Nan Xiang (Biang is on the list for the next visit, as we love their other places) but I trust what Pookipichu says about them being cleaner/nicer.

                              The bottom line is, you know your kid and yourself. If you think he would be fascinated by the "otherness" of Golden Mall and you wouldn't be turned off by the dirt or freaked out by the crowds, take him there for great dumplings.

                              Otherwise, go to Biang and have a more relaxed time.

                              White Bear is also good, but not a place to sit and savor things. That's also true of the golden mall, though. There are tables, but they can be hard to snag.

                              ps. Your son sounds just like mine used to be. It was always about the train ride. He still calls Sripraphai (a favorite place to eat) the "Uptrain Thai Restaurant" because the 7 train is above ground there.

                              1. re: missmasala

                                thanks! yeah, the train ride is the thing. my son just drew me a map of all the trains he wants to take to get there. :) he LOVES the 7 train - so much to see! crazy crowds and chaos don't freak him out - he's used to that - but while he's an adventurous eater a plate of spicy mystery meat at the mall might not be his thing. we'll check it out and see where the day takes us! thanks, hounds, for all the great info.

          2. New World Mall is nicer for a kid. More selections and more weird deserts.

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            1. re: frankie5angels

              I agree and there are tons of other kids there.

              1. re: frankie5angels

                You guys are cracking me up. It looks like Golden and New World Mall are close enough to check them both out. Biang sounds worth a visit, too - we both love noodles. Perhaps I should mention my son is only turning 6? He loves dumplings but he's in it for the train ride :) He'll be eating spicy squid soon enough!

                1. re: the Sparrow

                  Sounds like you have the child of a Chowhound's dream. You absolutely can do both malls easily and I think it would be fun to do a crawl. If your son likes fruit, definitely check out the produce stores and buy some varieties he has never tried before.

                  1. re: the Sparrow

                    I would visit both. I'd visit Flushing Mall too

                    1. re: the Sparrow

                      im going to go against the grain here, i think he'll like the atmosphere of new world mall, but unless someone has some great recs there for dumpling type stuff the OP wants i think the food is pretty bleh there

                      1. re: Lau

                        Actually the hand-pulled noodle shop, Li's, has good dumplings I've eaten many times. My friend Eric wrote them up ( And Szechuan Dish, the stall in the back next to Tian Fu not only has overall excellent food, they have real good dumplings & won tons in hot oil.

                        1. re: Peter Cuce

                          well there you go actual recs...will give them a try!

                          1. re: Lau

                            There have been others. Have you tried Tian Fu?

                            1. re: Peter Cuce

                              thats the ma la xiang guo place right? no i have not, i keep meaning to, but i havent gotten around to it

                            1. re: Peter Cuce

                              I think that's the same place with the upside down pot stickers with a thin crust on top..

                          2. re: the Sparrow

                            Get your kid a Snopo. Honeydew seems to be the best. It's a cool looking ice with a semi cotton candy consistency. The large is like 2 stories high. :)

                        2. PS - While you're in Flushing, you might also want to have some bubble tea and/or dou hwa. Ten Ren does good bubble tea. There's a dou hwa place on Roosevelt but I don't know the name of it, it's in a cell phone/knick knack store.

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                          1. re: Pookipichu

                            Is it Soy Bean Chan?

                            13526 Roosevelt Ave (bet Prince and Main Street)
                            Flushing, NY 11354

                            1. re: kathryn

                              That one is good but there's a larger dou hwa place that's across the street from Macy's. They have hot and cold options, many many toppings.

                              1. re: Pookipichu

                                Snopo sounds awesome. gotta save room for birthday cake though!!

                            2. re: Pookipichu

                              soy bean chan is very of the only places in NY that makes respectable soy bean milk


                              1. re: Lau

                                Hey guys - we made it to Flushing today and ate at Biang! - good stuff but we were way too full to to hit the food courts afterward! Portions were insane. We swung by the New World Mall on the way back to the train and my son watched the guys make the noodles - but we didn't have time to hang out and get a Snopo thanks to signal problems at 42nd Street on the outbound trip - we barely made it out there before we had to go back. But it was good to scope it out for next time. Thx!

                                  1. re: the Sparrow

                                    You have an adventurous little eater :)

                                    1. re: the Sparrow

                                      Watching the noodles get made is always a good time. Glad you liked Biang! I'm hoping to try it soon.