'36 hours in Queens, NY' in New York Times

Old Dec 22nd, 2012, 07:25 PM
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'36 hours in Queens, NY' in New York Times

http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/12/23...me&ref=general
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Old Dec 23rd, 2012, 09:24 AM
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Mohan, thanks for posting that link.

I've long been trying to stir up interest here in the many fantastic Chinese eating spots in Flushing. Although I live in Manhattan, we rarely eat Chinese food outside Flushing any more..the quality and variety is generally just so much better, and the prices much lower, in that area. (One exception is a well-known and now nearly legendary Sichuan restaurant in College Point, just a few miles from downtown Flushing.)

Granted, we often drive, but the trip on the #7 train to Flushing Main Street takes well under an hour. We usually go with a group and the bill almost never exceeds $23 per person for a feast of large dishes that covers the table and often allows ample take home as well; the fact that many places are BYOB, and even those that are not will often allow you to bring your own as per Chinese custom, makes the total bill even more gentle.

If anyone wants details or tips on eating Chinese in Flushing, I will be more than happy to natter on.....and on..!!

Thanks again for the link..I am away from home and had missed the Sunday paper..
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Old Dec 23rd, 2012, 10:10 AM
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And the article begins with The Museum of the Moving Image, a wonderful history of film and TV past up to the current technology as well as showings of quality films. It's an easy subway ride from Manhattan.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2012, 06:17 PM
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and there are more places and restaurants listed online on the Times website that didn't make it into the 36 hours article.
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Old Dec 24th, 2012, 06:14 AM
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Great article, thanks for sharing. I love Queens. Jackson Heights is my favorite area, and it has some of the best latin american food north of the borders. Not just in the great restaurans, but I can even buy several different kinds of mole in the stores and delis, lationo music cds, mexican pan dulce, on and on....three cheers for Queens!
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Old Dec 24th, 2012, 09:53 AM
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And MenuPages.com has just expanded to include Queens in its listings. To celebrate, I will share one of my favorite Flushing restaurants:






http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/fu-run/
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My daughter and son-in-law who live in Long Island City, go to Flushing a lot for Chinese food, and supplies. They also shop at Jackson Heights, some great food choices there also.
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We were just in Flushing for a Chinese banquet the other week and had not been there in a while. There were also box stores mall and we hope that is not the future.
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Well, at least there one reportedly good Cantonese restaurant in the New World mall, Grand Restaurant.

If more vertical commercial space gets developed, the area might begin to resemble even more closely the central district of cities in China, Korea, Japan!!

http://nabewise.com/nyc/flushing/pho...hing-40th-road

http://thediplomat.com/new-leaders-f...ul-400x300.jpg
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You are welcome, ekscrunchy.

I shall try your Cantonese recommendations even though I often think best Cantonese restaurants are in Brooklyn.

I did go to Little Peppers, the 'legendary Szechuan restaurant in College Point' finally. I liked it.

For those who have not experienced that kind of food, it is hot, spicy and tongue numbing. You might want to ask for mild and/or check out the ingredient before you go.

http://thetruetasteofchina.blogspot....ng-pepper.html

If you like to cook, the Asian supermarkets are interesting. They are hugh and carry everything under the sun. I discover S.E. Asian stuff which i don't find in Chinatown.

I like Sky foods because it's cleaner than most and offers free parking for 3 hours.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/di...ood-stuff.html
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If more vertical commercial space gets developed, the area might begin to resemble even more closely the central district of cities in China, Korea, Japan!!
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Just like that Japanese store Best Buy.
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Mohan: I did mention that one, but of the few Cantonese places I've tried in Flushing, I like Imperial Palace best...great for seafood but they also have great Peking pork and vegetable specials.

I usually pass on Cantonese in favor of other types of Chinese, though. Current favorites, in addition to Little Pepper in College Point (they now have a hot pot restaurant in their old location in downtown Flushing on Roosevelt) are Fu Run and Golden Palace, which is on Cherry just off Kissena a few blocks south of downtown. Let me know if you plan to go and I can give you a few ideas..or take a look at the comments on Chowhound. Maybe we can plan a dinner sometime!
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I've lived in Astoria for a few years. If you live near the Museum of the Moving Image, a membership is a great thing to have. They have a number of series including See It Big, that show classics on a big screen. Last summer they featured Nashville, Chinatown, Ben Hur and others. The above came with membership. Special events have reduced charges for members.s a charge. The restaurant scene on Ditmars, 30th Avenue and Broadway is thriving with a large variety of cuisines. I thought I would really miss the East Village after living there 26 years, but I don't. It is much quieter and civilized in Queens. And I agree, Flushing Chinatown is fabulous with restaurants and all kinds of stores to go to.
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The problem with articles like this one--and maybe it's a good problem to have--is that tourists will add Queens to their list of must-sees the way Brooklyn keeps popping up. But the large scale of Queens, distances, some neigthborhoods not well covered by subways, size of the population etc may be lost on people who think they can just hop from one place to another. For Brooklyn, people often say I want to see Brooklyn for a couple hours and then come up with a list of places that are miles and long train rides away from each other. Same issue with Queens. It's not just walk from one place to another a short distance away like it might be in Manhattan.

The sites listed are very worthwhile for locals and for visitors who have time and interest in real neighborhoods, but in my opinion you need to pick one area and see it in depth, or allow plenty of time on a trip that allows that
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That's a good point.

People interested in "ethnic" food could make a good day's plan by following the route of the 7 train; there are threads on Chowhound.com about #7-train eating excursions. I know that leaves out lots of areas, but for the casual tourist, it could work.. And Astoria is not difficult or time consuming to reach from much of Manhattan..good Greek food shopping and dining near a few train stops in that neighborhood, as mentioned above. But in general, probably not for first-time visitors unless they have an overriding interest in food.
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We stayed in Astoria last month. It was so easy to get to anywhere in Manhattan, okay you may have to change trains, but what is hard about that, just study the map and work out where to go.
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nelsonian, there's nothing hard about going to Astoria, but I think you said you were visting for a long time.If so, you had the luxury of time to explore off the beaten track and the chance to "just study the map and work out where to go"
The typical traveler to NYC might be here for only 4 or 5 days and has a pretty ambitious list of things to see.

As I suggested, if someone wants to spend half a day seeing a vibrant neighborhood and its delights, that's great. But most of the areas covered are not on the way or near most of the big sights. And you just have to be realistic and pick one or 2 areas, rather than the types of questions we often get about zig zagging through other boroughs without taking into account the logistics
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