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.

 


Mar 13 2017

Aperitif Bistro Bayside


213-41 39th Ave
Bayside, NY 11361
(718) 215-6470

Will go again -:)

An appetizing & charming little eatery right off Bell Blvd. Their bar is at the front – to the right and the dinning hall is at the back. The second floor dinning hall is good for parties. Welcoming decor. Decent service/food/presentations. Spacious and clean bathroom. Sidewide Pinot Noir is delicious; also like their stems. The portion is bit too big but all pretty yummy, except the pork – it’s off the bone soft but a little tasteless.

   


Mar 2 2017

Red Top Mountain Restaurant 红顶山庄


37-02 Main St,
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 808-3388

The entrance is on 37th Avenue, 2nd floor. It’s been changing hands. The last time I was there, was years ago – couldn’t remember the name. The food isn’t salty enough for my taste but the taste isn’t plain – rather like it, for a change.

The square bamboo containers are nice touch. Good service – not busy on a weekday late morning. The spacious bathroom is yucky.

   


Feb 25 2017

Guyer’s Bar & Cafe


286 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10023
212.877.8090

web site

A lovely little bar and cafe on the west side. We’ve a drink or two there between the Natural history museum and Beethoven @ Lincoln Center. I ordered the house wine which was, not good.


Jan 12 2017

Rong restaurant

133-42 39th Ave,
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 939-3996

This is one my faves in Flushing. Spacious, clean, delicious, good presentation. We dined on a Wednesday night, it’s half empty. Good and speedy service. I like their gray uniform too. The waiter, as if happens, doesn’t speak a word of English – which speaks about the situation in Flushing – they don’t need to.
The Sichuan beef is tender. Roast pork belly is ok – a little disappointing. The fried tofu is good. The clams in the bed of steamed eggs – really good.  Yelp review. Flushing is really going a major rehab Presso.

 


Dec 20 2016

Tang Korean Restaurant


196-50 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11358
(718) 279-7080

It’s two dinning areas, the main and the narrow one to the right where we dined. High ceiling with exposed brick wall (not sure real or fake) is nice but it’s pretty cold. It’s a Tuesday evening. The around-the-clock restaurateur is full. The waiting staff is so busy that they would walking by, while still moving, asks if we’re doing fine or need anything. If you don’t shout loud and fast, she’ll be out of your range. Not my way of having a meal.
Food is ok, a neighborly place for a meal. My Yelp review.

 


Nov 20 2016

Alley Pond Environmental Center

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22806 Northern Blvd,
Little Neck, NY 11362
(718) 229-4000

Memories.

It’s our niece’s birthday. A little over a decade ago, our child had birthday party here too. They have renovated the space (inside and out) and made it more appealing. They’ve a lot more animals and insects; the birthday child gets to pick three to pat/share with the kids.

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It’s my first time seeing the chameleon 变色龙 and walking stick (a long, slender, slow-moving insect that resembles a twig. In many species, it appears that there are no males and that the females lay fertile eggs without mating).

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