Jul 26 2017

Dunhuang Lanzhou Beef Noodle

136-93 37th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 359-2188

It’s a pretty good noodle shop. 3.5 star I’d say. Small, casual and quick. The hand-pull noodles have different sizes: from almost hair thin to wide as a finger. The taste is fine. The seaweed salad is delicious: tender and juicy.

I would return if in the mood of noodle. They are opposite from the huge public parking lot.

Jul 6 2017

Picnic Garden, Korean BBQ

15405 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354

I don’t like buffet especially Asian buffet: Too much rush, like in a war – this may have changed – but just to prove how long ago my last Asian buffet has been.

The place is very pleasant with the spacious entrance. As soon as we sat down, the waiter lighted up the grill and informed me: grandma, it’s a self serving buffet. Ok I made up this one but he did inform me that it’s a buffet. I’m senile, for sure.

The seating: I like the wood but the distance to the table is not the most comfortable, bit too low too – this is coming from a midget.

The food: is so so. I like the raw beef and noodles but they both are too sweet for my taste. The other cooked foods, like wings and fish are aged, old, chewy and tasteless. Well, there are sauces.


During one of my trips to the food counter I saw a gentleman with an overflow raw beef on his plate, sauce dripping (I wanted to say to him: it’s plenty, no need to go crazy … but then again, Irene isn’t the prefect spice on earth … – see my typos and all … I meant species …) which got me thinking, since the raw meats section is next to salad/noodle section: are they safe from the raw foods next to them? My suggestion to the restaurant is, switch the raw meats with wings section which is separate. Let the raw meats stay by themselves.

In any case, I found them to have not wide enough food selections for me to return. Oh they don’t have desserts which is fine with me. There are two containers of watermelon and cantaloupes – both are empty which is, kind of ok with Irene too. Overall experience is fine, relaxing (on a Thursday afternoon) – not rushed. And the waiting staff don’t throw dishes – no noisy. For $19.99 (1.5 hr time frame – not sure how hard do they enforce it) I think I can have something else better.


Jun 29 2017

Masala Box

42-02 Bell Blvd
Bayside, NY 11361

Probably a 3.5 stars, fusion Indian restaurant. Airy, modern, comfortable. Compare to other establishments on Bell Blvd, with low ceiling, this one on the corner of 42nd St and Bell Blvd is pleasant and open. Good utensils, good service, clean bathroom. Street parking, free after 7pm.

The food is fine. I particularly liked the baked fish and yum (red). Fried spring rolls (chicken) are ok although the sauce is bit too sweet. Three entries, lamb, beef and fish, in a pool of thick red sauce is my least favorite.


May 14 2017

Joe’s Sicilian Bakery

21216 48th Ave
Bayside, NY 11364
(718) 225-2272

This is a tiny Italian bakery, with no sit down. Girls behind the counter are experienced and efficient, working in harmony; making the trip inside pleasant. They offer to cut the round bread (ciabatta?) which is appreciated (I prefer Addeo & Sons Bakery in Bronx tho), although sometimes I do enjoy tearing apart my bread.
The butterfly cookies and biscottis are all good.


May 14 2017

Nan Bei Ho

It’s not as crazy as I expected. Although the waiting staff throwing dished into the cart when they clean out a table, could have been handled with little less brute and more care? Let’s be honest, does throwing takes less time than putting down a bowl or dish?

Aside, food is pretty good. The texture of scallion pancake is less chewy, perhaps made from thick paste then dough.

May 11 2017

Congee Village

36-36 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354

The second one after their Chinatown flagship. So far the rating is pretty low on Yelp, only 2.5 generated from 169 reviews. I don’t have any issue with them, from one lunch. We ordered a lot, a little too much. All of the food/dishes are good. The congees are delicious. Service is fine. Bathroom is clean. I’ll return.


Apr 25 2017

You Garden Dumpling House 上海豫园

135-33 40th Rd
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 886-2286

I’ve been a faithful costumer of their take out store when they were still at the old location, which was corner of Main Street and 40th Road (an old post and video during Chinese New Year 2012 ). After they moved to the current location, a few doors down to 40th Road, I followed them. Their bbq ribs, duckies, chickens are very good. They accepted credit card over $30 purchase. Then one day earlier this year, they stopped accepting credit card, which made me stop going. Recently another popular eatery in Flushing, a block away, Nanxiang Xiaolongbao was closed for tax evasion. The government is not dumb – they have a ‘blue book’ for restaurants. So …

Today I went here with a family member, which is cross street from their take out store, which is a surprise to me. So close and I used to go so often, yet didn’t discover this one. It’s very busy at 1 pm. We waited for 30 minutes. When we left around 2pm, the restaurant’s slowing down – the waiting line was gone. The decor is ok, for this type of eatery. Service is good. Food is 4.0 out of 5.


Apr 23 2017

Asian Jewel

13330 39th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 359-8600

This restaurant has been the first with decent table setting, a little fancier when that street was kind of vacant. Now the same street is booming with a Hyatt and new building is going up.

The Peking duck is terrible. And on top of it they used bread, are they out of their mind? It’s ugly and awful, should be thin crepe!

The interior hasn’t changed much. The managers are the same. Of the many visits, I find food is below the average. We’ve the set menu $428 for 10 people. Except the noodle, nothing to talk about. Granted this is a Cantonese restaurant but other dishes are tasteless.

About 16 years ago, I made a reservation for dinner during Chinese New Year, for 20 people, and paid a deposit, for a little alcove with the sliding door. I thought was just perfect for us. Two nights prior, a manager called me to say that spot was given to someone else who paid more. But promised would have two tables for my group. The funny thing was – I made them to write the spot on the receipt for no apparent reason (never thought any business would do that sort of thing) but it turned out saved my day or night. When I got there that night, a woman in suit looked at my receipt and swallowed hard: that alcove decked out to the nine. The menu stuck to the wall – $500 a table. I think ours cost like $200. We had the dinner in that corner. After second course a manager came and rip opened the sliding door. Ha ha ha.
Another time a gf and I went for lunch. An elder woman with push carts came, trying to sell more freshly made dim sum. We had an eggplant that was kind of pushed on us. So my gf said, jokingly “can we exchange? We didn’t touch this eggplant.” To our horror the woman just did that – taking that dish from our table back to her carte. Even more appalling a manager was looking on. Amazing they’re still in business.
No corkage fee. Parking on site. One way street.

My review of 2016 and on Yelp


Apr 15 2017

Nan Bei Ho 南北和

212-22 48th Ave
Bayside Hills, NY 11364

I’ve been to this little eatery before but did not know the owner was a former star: NYT: Lady Kung Fu. A few other restaurants she had owned or still owns:
– Mama King, on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing in 1996
– New Mei Hua, in Flushing
– Guo Ba Inc, in Bayside

If you’re gongfu movie buff or Bruce Li’s fan, you probably would know her, Angela Mao. My mother-in-law asked her if she can take a photo with her after the meal, the owner politely said, “Just a second, I’m busy …” Guess she doesn’t want to. This photo was taken at the beginning. This location starts in 1997. The radish cake is really good. Most dishes there are not too sweet, so it’s good. The set menu provides chicken soup (on the house) but it’s a little tasteless.


Good food, service. Conformable decor. Pretty neat. BUT if they pay attention to details then why don’t they just change or fix the soap dispenser above the lavatory?


Angela Mao 茅瑛 看纽约时报才知道这是她的餐馆. 看过李小龙的🎬会知道她是他的女主角. 俺🙈武打片 去过几次都不知道. 喜欢她的声音. 餐馆打理的井井有条. 东西都不错:不甜. 萝卜丝饼[强][强]. 陪家婆去,她想和武打星合影. 明星说 俺忙 等一下… 感觉她是不想. 这张是在问她之前.

Apr 11 2017

Flushing, from LIRR

The new Chinatown, from the LIRR point of view.

College Point used to so empty but now so crowded.