Finally had a chance to really walk around Farrington Street, which goes north from Northern Blvd near the point where Main Street proceeds south from Northern Blvd. The block had always fascinated me, but I never had time to really wander around. I didn't actually eat anything, but here's what I found (please comment if you know places, and maybe go-eat-then-comment if you don't!):
Sundal Restaurant 13431 35th Ave 888-9221 utter, utter mystery. No English anything, yet large-ish and fairly modern. Nothing on the Internet. I very rarely draw an absolute blank, but this is one of those times. I get a very good vibe re: food quality
Debasaki 3367 Farrington St 886-6878 Japanese-style stuffed fried chicken wings. The sort of place where I trust Yelp reviews, and the rap there is that wings are killer, but everything else is iffy (though Yelpers seldom methodically explore menus for errant deliciousness).
Spicy King Restaurant 35-34 Farrington St 718-661-1888 hunan, 7 days 11-11. Hunan. Great looking, staunchly authentic, fairly-priced menu with all the classics plus lots of other intriguing stuff. Strangely unmentioned here. I'm pretty sure it's at least very good.
Ming Xing BBQ 35-14 Farrington 7 days 11am-5am. BBQ stuff (including "Big Backstraps Paddywack", which for some unfathomable reason is the term for bull penis) plus a strange, non-exciting short menu of non-bbq dishes ranging from fried pork to cumin lamb to fried jumbo shrimp to Korean noodles. Seems to be both Chinese and Korean yet NOT in any respect "Korean-Chinese".
Magna Ristorante 35-25 Farrington St 718-445-3352. magnarestaurant.com
one of those stuffy-seeming Italian holdout places you see in neighborhoods like this where nothing intriguing's on the menu and prices are a couple notches too high to encourage curiosity and the clientele has been going for decades. Sometimes such places are surprising gems hidden in plain sight. But often not.
Hong Kong Noodle Shop 35-20 Farrington St 718-353-2338 mon-sat 7:30-7. Very tiny, very friendly pure Hong Kong place with typical weirdo Hong Kongy stuff like black pepper spaghetti. Lots of noodles, fried rice, and smoothies. Horlick's is strangely expensive (a good sign IMO).
35-25 Farrington St, Queens, NY 11354
35-34 Farrington St, Queens, NY 11354
134-31 35th Ave, Queens, NY 11354
33-67 Farrington St, Queens, NY 11354
35-14 Farrington St, Queens, NY 11354
Hong Kong Noodle Shop
35-20 Farrington St, Queens, NY 11354