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Asking for vegetarian in Flushing Chinese Food Courts/restaurants

l know this is an old thread, but l do hope that you've tried the sheng jian bao at Old Sichuan on Bayard: chicken filling, very juicy and yummy!

about 8 hours ago
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Flushing: Flushing Mall to Lose Best Food Stall

lt was open yesterday...the dumplings are fantastic. Many thanks to Dave Cook for joining the crawl l put together, and taking the reins!

Walking around a dying mall is always an interesting experience.

Jan 22, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Recs for Flushing next Wednesday?

Yes, thanks, l was just reading about that on one of the other walking tour threads.

Jan 19, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Recs for Flushing next Wednesday?

Thanks so much for the excellent suggestions! l've changed the starting point to be more conducive to a crawl: Tianjin Dumpling House at 1pm. l hope to try a bunch of what you've recommended! lf you're in the neighborhood, please join us!

Jan 19, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Recs for Flushing next Wednesday?

Alla you guy is awesome!

Jan 17, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Recs for Flushing next Wednesday?

Thanks for this! l'm hoping to hit Hunan House: l've heard so many good things about them, and their Borough Park location has been a grave disappointment.

Jan 17, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Recs for Flushing next Wednesday?

Excellent, thanks again!

Jan 17, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Recs for Flushing next Wednesday?

Thanks! Shanghai Cuisine 33 is the sister restaurant to Shanghai Asian Manor on Mott & Mosco, right? l think SAM's xlb are excellent.

l love Xi'an, but have eaten at the St. Marks location many times [A1 liang pi noodles are a favorite!], so l'm looking for more Flushing-specific stuff.

Jan 16, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Flushing: Flushing Mall to Lose Best Food Stall

l'm going to Flushing next Wednesday...thanks for the rec, l hope l can find the place!

Jan 16, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Williamsburg, BK- the hipster diaries

The Commodore's fried chicken, and fried chicken sandwich, are really good.

Jan 16, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Recs for Flushing next Wednesday?

Excellent, thanks for the recs!

Jan 16, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Recs for Flushing next Wednesday?

l've only gotten out there once [due to bone-crushing laziness]. l went to the New World Mall, and didn't get nearly enough to eat, as l started with entirely the wrong thing: a bowl of spicy noodle soup, which was delicious, but left no room in my belly for anything else.

l'm going out to Flushing again next Weds, 1/21, arriving to meet friends at 1:00pm. l want variety! l was planning on hitting Dumpling Galaxy, but where else should we go? l'd love to try Kung Fu XLB...any recommendations [within walking distance of each other] would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to join us, too!

Jan 16, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Red Meat Alert! The Bowery Steak

Ha! l walked by it yesterday with my gf, and we both agreed that it's got an absolutely awful name.

"(so many jokes with this one, but I’ll leave it alone. Its a family show)"

...this from the man who'd already made a schweddy balls reference!

Jan 08, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Ah, crap. l hope it's just a reno, and that they're not closed for good.

Jan 07, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Chinese restaurant diced chicken with hot pepper question.

l agree with Bob Martinez: it seems you need to go to better restaurants. All of the ones mentioned in this thread are very good, with a good level of heat in their spicy dishes.

Jan 05, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Chinese restaurant diced chicken with hot pepper question.

l finally ate there today for the first time, had the chong qing chicken. lt was excellent.

Jan 05, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Chinese restaurant diced chicken with hot pepper question.

l had that for the first time last week: it's fantastic! l love the big orange deep fried chiles: crunchy and spicy!

Jan 05, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Persepolis or elsewhere for iranian/Persian dinner?

There's a new-ish place called Ravagh Persian Grill on 1st Av. b't 7th St. and St. Marks; it was called Parmy's until just a couple of months ago. NYT gave it a good review under the old name, not sure how it is now.

Dec 29, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Han Dynasty

l've eaten lunch there a few times, thought it was ok each time, but nothing really stood out for me, except for the service, which l found to be very good.

My favorite EV Sichuan dish right now is Spicy Empress Chicken from Grand Sichuan St. Marks: crispy chicken pieces with the standard hot chiles, peanuts, and the kicker: larger, orange-colored chiles that have also been deep fried, giving them a spicy, shattery crunch. SO GOOD, even after being delivered to the LES.

Dec 29, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Which Bakery makes the best sticky buns?

Thirding Balthazar: so good.

Dec 19, 2014
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Chaozhou Noodles, at a Vietnam Chaozhou Venue called Bo Ke ( Po Ji )

l've followed Lau's recommendations many times on ordering the country-style duck and Cambodian noodles: both are fantastic. The sauce on the duck is heavenly, and mixing the house hot sauces in with the noodles really kicks up the flavor. They sell their hot sauce to take out, too.

Dec 19, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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Chaozhou Noodles, at a Vietnam Chaozhou Venue called Bo Ke ( Po Ji )

l've been using Lau's recommendation of asking for "mee pok" when ordering the flat egg noodles.

Dec 19, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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Maille Mustard Boutique

"I think they all taste like kerosene fumes crossed with that weird two-week-old sprouted garlic head you forgot was in the bottom drawer of the fridge"

Fantastic, dead-on description. Thank you.

Dec 19, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

W. Village recs?

l'll take the wroth waxed, please.

[sorry...l had to do that]

Dec 15, 2014
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W. Village recs?

You make me brush! Uh, blush!

Dec 12, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

W. Village recs?

Old Tbilisi Garden?

Dec 12, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

W. Village recs?

l did a favor for a friend last night, and in return he offered to take me out to dinner. He works in the WV [Bleecker b't Cornelia & Jones]; l haven't eaten in the neighborhood in quite a while. What's good around there these days? Nothing too expensive, as l don't want to put him out, maybe $30-$40pp for food only, before tax and tip?

l've been craving aji de gallina lately, and l've heard Panca is good...?

Dec 12, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

My alternate-universe self has an expense account and regularly dines on menus like that. That whole thing looks amazing.

Dec 10, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Chinese dinner (NOT dim sum) in Sunset Park - who's good these days?

Ah, gotcha. l hit East Harbor a few months back for dim sum lunch, and it was good, but l've never been for dinner.

Dec 10, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Utopia Bagels...is there any better?

Ha! This thread is from 2004, but good to see that it's still tops. l just had a lousy bagel, so this is making me misty...

Dec 10, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs