Flushing (New York)

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    June 19, 2014

    Little Pepper Hot Pot's Hot Pot, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Dish no. 92: Szechuan spicy hot pot from Little Pepper Hot Pot (133-43 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, 718-690-2206)

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    April 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Flushing

    It's no secret that the outer boroughs are home to some of the meltiest parts of New York's vast cultural and culinary crockpot. Like socarrat -- the crunchy bits of rice at the bottom of the paella pan -- the tastiest morsels are on the edges, hidden beneath layers of bomba rice, or in Flushing's c ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Biang's Lotus Root Salad and Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Lotus root salad and spicy cumin lamb noodles from Biang! (41-10 Main Street, Queens), $5.50 and $7.75 Treat yourself to the addicting tingle of Biang's noodles -- and convince a friend to come along to Flushing so you can share a lotus root salad, too.

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    November 8, 2013

    Diverse Dim Sum's Xiao Long Bao, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Xiao long bao from Diverse Dim Sum (Flushing Mall, 133-31 39th Avenue, Queens), $6-$7.50 Avoid the long dim sum lines and fill up on these soup dumplings -- or use them to fuel you on an exploratory food tour of Flushing.

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    June 27, 2013

    Mamak (a Different Mamak) Now Slinging Malaysian Food in Flushing

    After getting a taste of Malaysian food at Mamak, I was eager to explore the cuisine further, especially because my knowledge of local Malaysian-inspired eateries was limited to Fatty 'Cue. And while researching the Malaysaian street cart, I stumbled randomly upon a brand-new Malaysian restaurant in ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in NYC, 2013 Edition

    The amazing "big tray chicken" at Manhattan's Spicy Village It's been over two years since Fork in the Road appraised the relative merits of the city's Chinese restaurants - things have changed so much in the interim. Northern Chinese fare continues to rule Flushing, Elmhurst has increased the bre ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 3, 2012

    Rural Restaurant: No Rice, Still Nice

    More great food from China's far northeastern corner

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    September 25, 2012

    New York's Beijing BBQ Carts Branch Out in a Big Way

    An assortment of brochettes from this innovative Chinatown barbecue cart is Dish #22 in our countdown. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. It was only five year ... More >>

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    September 2, 2012

    Hot & Spicy Whole Flounder at Rural Restaurant, Dish #45

    Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.

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    June 28, 2012

    Trying To Beat the Heat? Check Out Korean Naeng Myun

    The soup resembles a miniature floating garden. At Fork in the Road during the last heat spell, we were ransacking our brains to figure out what's the best kind of food for hot weather -- and here we mean sweatingly, swelteringly hot, as it's going to be today. Our most recent stumble-on is a Kore ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Eating Penis at Minzhongle (NSFW)

    The roster of organ meats available at Minzhongle is indeed impressive. In my capacity as scout for the Organ Meat Society, I've stumbled on a broad range of offal and other variety meats. It's easy enough to find liver, tongue, chitterlings, stomach tripe, sweetbreads, and even kidney, but there' ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Asian Advocacy Group Says State's New District Maps Unfairly Divide Communities

    Yesterday, the state -- after a fair amount of delay and confusion -- finally released map proposals for new district lines in New York, based on Census data. We heard from one angry pol yesterday, predictably mad at the political motivations that often drive the process. He's not the only frustra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Try Vegetarian/Halal Korean Food?

    Savagecorp / Flickr​Rob Z. Asks: I am fascinated by Korean food due to watching Korean dramas. I have made a dish or two at home but would love to try out an actual restaurant. I don't eat non-halal food but will eat fish and everything else that is not meat. And would love if it is cheap a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Beard of Bees: A Stroll Through Flushing's New World Mall

    ​The Main Street entrance of Flushing's new New World Mall Remember the Old Navy on Main Street at the corner of Main and Roosevelt? Providing the best public restrooms in Flushing and haphazard heaps of even cheaper and bigger clothes than the other Old Navies in town? Well, it's gone, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Ten Fascinating Ethnic Ingredients Chefs Should Get to Know Better

    Sprinkled with sesame seeds, marinated jellyfish makes a memorable summer salad​ The last couple of decades have flooded NYC with colorful cuisines many of us never knew existed, and stocked ethnic markets with exotic ingredients that had strange names and fascinating properties. This influx ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Ride the Wild Wasabi Surf Clams at Yi Lan Halal Restaurant in Flushing

    ​The dark red clams and rough-cut cukes make a very pretty picture on the plate. The surf clams, meaty and briny, look like those southern Italian chile pepper necklaces, and the cukes are jagged, with a profound crunch provided by the thick kirby skins. But the biggest surprise is the invis ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 16, 2011

    Eating the Putz at Flushing's Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet

    A restaurant in a remote corner of the neighborhood showcases home-style dishes

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    February 13, 2011

    No. 7: Bean Curd in Green Scallion Sauce at Hunan House

    ​Cubed soft tofu bathed in green sauce -- what could be more elemental? Who doesn't like tofu? Vegans love it. Carnivores love it. The creaminess is incomparable, and it serves as a splendid earth-friendly source of protein, too.

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    February 7, 2011

    No. 1: Appam With Egg at Bownie

    ​The lacy parabolic flatbread is beautiful, but what's that egg doing in the bottom? It is said that a feast of 100 dishes must begin with a single bite, and today we get that bite as we inaugurate a new feature. In 100 Days/100 Dishes, Fork in the Road traverses the culinary landscape of th ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Xi'an Famous Foods's Expansion Plans: New Locations and a Spot in the Frozen Foods Section

    Spicy and tingly lamb face for Brooklyn and beyond.​Get ready for spicy and tingly lamb face to go mainstream. Xi'an Famous Foods, the Flushing hand-pulled noodle joint that expanded to Manhattan this past year with two new locations, has even bigger plans. According to the Wall Street Journal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Robe ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Tenants in 'Worst Landlords' Building Narrowly Avoid Emergency Evacuation (For Now)

    ​Tenants at 684 Flushing Avenue, a building owned by Ten Worst Landlord Moishe Indig, got some more bad news yesterday. Citing the landlord's failure to pay his bill, Con Edison cut off all electricity and gas to the entire building, which is in a scrappy section of Bushwick, near Woodhull Med ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Our 10 Best NYC Chinese Restaurants, 2010 Edition

    ​The "boiled beef with hot-spicy sauce" is every bit as mouth searing as it looks, but there are plenty of blander options -- such as "special spinach pancake" -- on Lu Xiang Yuan's menu. Like an arcing missile, Chinese cuisine in New York moves so fast, you can barely keep track of it. Thus, ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    My 10 Favorite Queens Restaurants

    ​The sel momo at Mustang Thakali Kitchen -- much better than Dunkin' Donuts. This countdown is intended to be a bit different from the other "10 Best" lists, specifically reflecting the places I return to again and again in Queens on my own dime, long after I've critiqued them. The food is co ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010
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    December 29, 2009

    Anthony Bourdain Smiles Down at Us from Heaven, and Delicious Noodles Appear at Xi'an Famous Food in Manhattan's Chinatown

    ​Pictures of the offerings in the window make ordering easy at Xi'an Famous Foods. The advent of northern Chinese fare in Manhattan's Chinatown has been a long-awaited event. First there was a cart at the corner of Forsyth and Division streets dispensing lamb kebabs dusted with a cumin-laced ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Have You Seen... Flushing Sexual Assailant

    ​Last Friday around 7 p.m. a young woman entered a building on 31st Road near 23rd Street in Flushing,and was accosted in the elevator by a young man, pictured in this police sketch, who forced her into the stairwell and sexually assaulted and robbed her. He's described as a 18-25 year old His ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats: Bulgogi Sandwich at Sukarak

    ​Salted away in a U-shaped strip mall in the eastern area of Flushing known as Murray Hill, Sukarak is a Korean snack shop and lunch counter that isn't afraid to fuse Korean and American food, with a little Japanese thrown in for good measure...

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    October 23, 2009

    Our 10 Best: Food Shops

    ​ One of travel's greatest pleasures is wandering in food shops frequented by locals--whether it's a supermarket, a cheese shop, or a spice merchant. A busy market is a reprieve from the tourist's whirlwind of restaurant-eating, where you can catch a glimpse of people's everyday food lives. ... More >>

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    September 4, 2009

    Anyone Know What This Is?

    ​ I was munching with some friends on a giant heap of dishes at new Shandong restaurant M & T, when the waitress sidled up to me and whispered: "You want to try some seafood from my town of Qingdao. Something we only have there?" How could I resist? The tubes were rubbery, slippery, and slig ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    How Do You Spell G-U-T-B-O-M-B? Taiwanese Shaved Ices at Tasty House 18

    ​​This Taiwanese shaved ice has been topped with kiwi, melon, and red bean. Mmmmm (click to defrost) Taiwanese bakery and lunchroom Tasty House 18 also offers bubble teas and shaved ices, the latter a summer passion on the former island of Formosa. Your choice of three toppings over wha ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Our 10 Best: Indian Restaurants

    ​The glory of Indian food is its infinite variety. Think about it. An enormous region--we're including Pakistan and Bangladesh--with cultures that go back thousands of years, including influences from foreign invaders as diverse as the Mughals, the Portuguese and the English. Food from almost ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Our Newest Blogger's Top 5 Restaurants

    SauceSupreme/flickrPicking my top five restaurants is a bit like herding cats: the list changes constantly, depending on my budget, cravings, and degree of hunger. I have a difficult time keeping track, though I tend to be drawn to anything that features conservative prices, liberal use of spices, a ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009

    Pix from Southern Spice

    Varuthameen deposits a kingfish steak--wearing a chile on its breast like a medal of valor--in a tart tamarind gravy Southern Spice is a new restaurant in southern Flushing that gives us a chance to sample several southern Indian cuisines, though the food mainly comes from Tamil Nadu and Andhra ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC--Hollow Stem Vegetable at Hunan House

    "Sauteed hollow stem vegetable with spicy sauce" at Flushing's Hunan House The jury is still out as to what species "hollow stem vegetable" represents, but the taste is wonderful nonetheless. The light-green vegetable--probably some sort of pond weed--is indeed hollow like a reed, and has ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC--Noona Vankaya Pulusu

    Noona vankaya pulusu at Southern Spice (click to distend) Sometimes a vegetarian dish is so good it slaps you across the face, leaving a tingling on your cheeks and a slight burn in your mouth. Such is the case with the noona vankaya pulusu (it's even fun to say!) at Southern Spice, a new resta ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 8, 2009
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    February 11, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats -- Four Over Rice Plus Soup

    Downtown Flushing's BLT, a palace of cheap eats Like spaceships arriving from another galaxy, cheap eats palaces are setting down in downtown Flushing, among the unreconstructed Chinese and Korean stalls and restaurants. These places took their cue from the Fujianese cheap-food joints of Manhattan ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Strange Snacks of the World -- Duck lower jaws

    I was hanging out in Flushing with my friend Francis Lam, who writes a weekly column for We'd been on the usual run to Golden Shopping Mall, Roosevelt Food Court, and the Peking duck window at Corner 28. We'd gotten a scallion pancake under the LIRR, and copped a lamb kebab ("with spic ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008

    Our Man Sietsema at the Golden Shopping Mall

    When J &L Shopping Mall in Flushing went under (reportedly because the owner sold it to a condo developer) a cry of hungry despair went up from chowhounders everywhere. J&L had held a much-loved food court with obscure regional Chinese specialties. But take heart, Our Man Sietsema is here to save th ... More >>

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    January 15, 2008
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    August 15, 2006
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    August 23, 2005

    The Others

    Translating NYC's ethnic politics for Asians and Middle Easterners

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    May 10, 2005

    Boots of Leather

    What rust belt city was it? It wasn't in the rust belt. That's why we left.

  • Dining

    April 26, 2005

    Eyeball to Eyeball

    A Northern Chinese restaurant in Flushing finally gets our goat

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    August 17, 2004

    Mongols on Main Street

    Chinese restaurant in Flushing fetishizes a woolly creature

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    April 8, 2003

    Great Gatsby Dumplings

    Northern Chinese in the Valley of Ashes

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    October 8, 2002
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    August 15, 2000
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    December 28, 1999
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