The former denizen of the old M & T space at 44-09 Kissena Blvd in Flushing, SN New Restaurant, was replaced two weeks ago with a restaurant called Lao Dong Bei. I tried it last week with a couple of friends and we discovered that not only is the chef from Harbin but he used to work at Fu Run on Prince St.
This explains the Xinjiang Style Lamb Chops on the menu, which are probably similar to the famous Muslim Style Lamb Chops at the aforementioned Fu Run. We didn't try them, but we did try the Cumin Sliced Fish (also a Fu Run fave), Bean Curd Noodles, Blotch Soup (another Fu Run favorite), Beer Duck, and Dongbei Style Orange Chicken. Everything was quality, although I probably wouldn't order the bean curd dish again, which could possibly be the final dish in a chopstick mastery competition, given the slippery bean curd "noodles." I will write more about the specific dishes when I get a chance, but I wanted to let people know about this spot.
The waiter is a holdover from SN New and as such has very little English, and in fact, no one there speaks much English.
Every time we ordered a dish, the manager took a photo before handing it to us, which makes me thing they're going to put photos on the wall the way M & T did, since the photo squares are still there, sans photos.
Here are my photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/536/sets...