My brother in law is coming to town on a weeklong business trip and he's specifically requested to eat a LOT of Chinese food. He spent a semester in Hong Kong last year and now lives in a city without a lot of Chinese food options (Milwaukee). My BIL is staying with us in Manhattan and working during the day and spending evenings/weekends eating Chinese food (and maybe eating leftovers for lunch, ha).
Because he's only here a week, I don't think we'll make it out to Flushing more than 2 times (sadly!). I'm trying to plan some meals in Manhattan (especially since it'll probably just be 3-4 dinners after work). Obviously it's not going to be as good as HK but he's really homesick for this kind of food.
On my list I've got:
- Szechuan Gourmet - one of our favs, and if we can do Sichuan in Manhattan we can focus on other stuff in Flushing
- Xian Famous Foods - just for kicks since Xian food is definitely unavailable in Wisconsin!
- NY Noodletown, as he specifically requested roast meats especially roast goose which he ate every week in Hong Kong. I don't think there's anywhere to get roast goose here, right? I really like the roast pork at NY Noodletown and my husband really likes the roast duck. Is Big Wong a better choice?
- A-Wah, as he specifically requested claypot rice, unless there's a Flushing place that does it better/just as well?
If we can't get to Imperial Palace in Flushing I'm trying to decide on a seafood Cantonese restaurant.
Is the currently preferred on South China Garden FKA Cantoon Garden? Or is there another seafood restaurant we should do instead? Doesn't have to be as good as Imperial Palace, just the best available in Manhattan.
FYI, For Flushing, I'm planning to spend basically the whole weekend there doing:
- Dim sum at Guangzhou FKA Perfect Team on one day
- Walking tour of snacks on another day: duck bun window (Corner 28), wontons (White Bear), fried dumplings (Zhu Ji Guo Tie), boiled dumplings (Best North), Taiwanese gua bao (Temple Snacks), Xinjiang grilled skewers, maybe some of the hawker-type stalls (fish balls on a stick by the LIRR station) and a British-Chinese style bakery (Sun Mary). Maybe shaved ice too (Fire & Ice).
Hopefully we'll have time to take the LIRR out to do Imperial Palace for dinner one night, but I'd love to have some backups in Manhattan just in case.
South China Garden
22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013
67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
Xi'an Famous Foods
88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
5 Catherine St, New York, NY 10038