Nov 9 2018

You Garden 豫园


41-07 Bell Blvd.
Bayside, NY 11361

Will return.

The 3 star is for their bit too sweet taste – not their fault but mine – my dislike toward things too sweet. The few items we have are good. Shanghai cruise is on the sweet side. It’s a cash only shop.

Very good service – plastic bag for umbrellas. Disposable chopsticks heads, plastic gloves for Beijing duck, … spacious and clean bathroom. The atmosphere is more relaxing than their Flushing one.

A group of middle aged Chinese women (4) behind me are overly loud… Half roasted Beijing duck is $16.33 ($15 + 8.875% tax take out).

Street parking. They open 9-11 so one more place for breakfast.

  


Aug 10 2018

Taverna Kyclades


39-28 Bell Blvd,
Bayside, NY 11361

Probably won’t return – pricey for the location.

A bright (mostly white) pleasant Greek restaurant in Bayside.

We have two appetizers: mussels and octopus. The red sauce of mussels is good with feta (salt tastes good, in general), but certainly not worth $18.95. The octopus at $25, is tender and delicious, so is Moscofilero. On Vivino the GWC is 3.2 by 334 raters/drinkers, which I thought it’s pretty low. They don’t sell bottle but by glass/half carafe/full carafe. The carafe sat on our table un-chilled. I wonder how ‘full carafe’ works because it’s basically a bottle 750 ml. Or maybe the Moscofilero comes in a huge jar … in any case the bill is $78.28 which I thought is over-priced. Street parking, can be trying.

  


Jul 18 2018

Lucky Bento VIP


36-29 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

New, generous portion and pretty delicious; full bar and wine menu with 12 choices: Caymus Carb 2016 $100 to Rawson’s Retreat Shiraz $10.

The mushrooms etc. in the squash is light and tasty. The shrimps are good but hard to eat – the yummy taste is on the shell – I couldn’t resist but regret every time after ordering. Need to remember bringing my head next time.

The service could have been better – nearly empty at lunch time, they only changed our plates when we’re almost done. We told them not to bother – save some water. And there’s a friendly fruit-fly keeps us company throughout.

There are private rooms on either side of The narrow dining hall. Street parking.

  


Jul 6 2018

Friday evening in Flushing

   

Flushing is still being built up. But how will they handle the population in the near future? It’s like a loud assault on your senses: rude people without manners: picking nose & teeth, spitting, don’t cover their mouths when sneezing – of course, they don’t say excuse me – a friend posted this beating incident in Flushing just now … I don’t condone beating in anyway or form but why didn’t the woman say excuse me when she tried to enter and someone was at the door? I just saw these women in the bakery and they touched absolutely every single bread and weighed each in their hands as if to see which one had gold … This is DISGUSTING.

With rapid developments, this Checks cashed service is still standing tall.


Jul 6 2018

Hot n Spicy Crawfish


36-36 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354

Mostly won’t return. Taste is fine so is service … but …

Dined on a Friday evening at around 6:30, it’s empty. I know it’s the way … but I really don’t like to see and use styrofoam thing, bad for the environment!!

We have the Drool under the experience with Hot n Spicy medium. (4 seasonings are Louisiana, Juicy Cajun, Garlic Butter, Lemon Pepper and Hot n Juicy. Spicy levels are baby spice, mild, medium, spicy and extra spicy.) You eat with your hands, no gloves provided – so if you’ve just done your nails, think twice.

It has two entrances, one on Prince Street and one on 37th Avenue. Parking isn’t easy: street parking, lot parking and garage parking. No reservation and they ask to see ID when we pay with credit card, under $100, come on, really?

  


Jun 25 2018

Unravel, the escape experience


108-14 72nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Also known escape room/game (haunted house or scavenger hunts) is pretty popular. With locations throughout the city and Long Island. Mostly for a group of people. Each company or location will have multiple scenarios. This Forest Hills one has two. We played at this location, next to Reef.


Jun 25 2018

Austin Street 奥斯汀街


Forest Hills, in Queens, NY

This bustling road is the main street of Forest Hills in Queens. Near 72ns Avenue there are two Chinese restaurants, a Lanzhou noodle shop and a Sichuan spicy eatery – surprised but not that surprised, to find them there.

    


Jun 25 2018

Reef


108-02 72nd Avenue
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Will return. Don’t come here if you’re in a rush.

The outside tables are kind of turnoff – soaking up the dust. But once inside, it’s a different story. Love their decor: brick walls and wood beams. They’ve two levels, both are inviting.

Food: slow given the fact it’s a Monday before 7 pm. However, all are delicious. I especially like the grilled oyster with sriracha remoulade.

Wine: glasses are not too good, as if they heard my thinking. The second round they served with a more delicate stem. The reason: this handsome kind is being weed-out bec too easy to break. Three 2016 vintage wines: Cab Sauv Edna Valley, Pinot Noir Le Sentier, and Zinfandel 1000 Stories, are very good.

Like their chairs with ears – easy to hang handbag; street parking, could be trying.

 


Jun 8 2018

Liang’s Noodle 黄金角 @ NY Food Court


133-35 Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354

I’ve been to this little takeout place (Huangjin Jiao – Gold Corner 黄金角), inside the (Yelp) New York Food Court many times. I like their beancurd wrap (suya 素鸭 – vegetarian duck) very much. But sometimes they’re not that fresh – this time, it tastes sour by the night. Their kaofu (烤麸) is too greasy.

They’ve tables to sit and eat and a small parking lot for the Food Court.


May 28 2018

ChilSung Korean BBQ


221-16 Horace Harding Expressway
Oakland Garden, NY

Won’t return.

Smoky – poor ventilation. Running waiting staff – so rushed. Sweet kimchi. Falling kids (other dinners’ and they let their kids run wild). Nay.

Food is ok, 3 stars – 5 kinds of beef many has gristle. The 2-star rating is for service, like dining in a war zone.

The first page of their menu says they’re 7 stars of food and service. That has to be a joke, as big as their restaurant.

The waiting staff didn’t have time to take our drink order. Corkage fee is $25 but I didn’t see a wine list/menu. On my way out, I saw their wine racks.

When we finished our dinner, our hall (they’ve 3 areas) which is inside with large tables (8 people and more) became quite (at around 7), but that doesn’t slow them down – dumping the fruit plates while the table is still messy and full.

We’ve two birthday cakes (we needed to tell 5 times to chill them, 5 times!) – after cutting the coconut, with the same knife they cut red velvet. 7 stars?

Parking is easy: on the street or behind.