The braised pork shoulder at Shanghai newcomer Full House is perfectly executed, but will it be enough to catapult that Chinatown establishment into our top 10? With wave upon wave of new immigrants arriving, the city's collection of Chinese restaurants is in a perpetual state of flux. Ten years a ... More >>
More great food from China's far northeastern corner
The Lower East Side greets its first Henan restaurant
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 >>
The newest Qingdao restaurant hits Flushing filled with pleasing surprises
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This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers the cuisine of Qingdao, Shandong at Lu Xiang Yuan a/k/a Hong Shun Restaurant, while Sarah DiGregorio finds cozy New American fare with a twist at Thistle Hill Tavern. Sam Sifton awards a star to Fornino Park Slope for its tasty antipasti and ... More >>
The fish arrives smothered in roses... The most expensive thing on the menu at Lu Xiang Yuan--a Chinese restaurant specializing in the regional food of Qingdao, Shandong--is "rose fragrant roasted fish" ($28). Is it worth it? You'll have to wait to see my full review (two weeks from today) t ... More >>
The sea intestines I ate the night before last at Lu Xiang Yuan. It's a great pleasure each time a new ingredient is added to New York's collective larder, and one of the most recent to appear is sea intestines.
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 >>
Robert SietsemaM&T's pepper with bean curd sheets.Food nerds still hemming and hawing about making Labor Day plans, take note: September 6 witnesses the first "Asian Feastival," a smorgasbord of eats in Queens.
Saltie turned out some spectacular sandwiches in 2009. But did it make our top 10? During the past couple of weeks, food publications have thrown our year's-end lists like so many cords of wood onto the fire. Now, it's our turn. We've decided to end the year with a shout-out to the 10 ... More >>
"This is Chinese food?" said an incredulous tablemate." Indeed, "sauteed pine nuts and corn" might be mistaken for American succotash. This week Counter Culture forges ahead to M & T, a Flushing restaurant whose owners came from the city of Qingdao in Shandong Province, directly across the Y ... More >>
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 >>