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Harbor City in Rego Park

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Harbor City in Rego Park

The Pie Queen | Apr 29, 2002 11:26 AM

The night before last, my boyfriend and I went to Harbor City, a chinese seafood place in Rego Park/Elmhurst on Queens Boulevard. It was pretty good.

We weren't hugely hungry so didn't get as much food as we might have. I ordered a roast squab, which came almost instantly- well before my boyfriend's steamed flounder, which is definitely a mark against them. But the squab was soooo yummy...cooked sort of peking duck style, cripy skin without being soggy with grease, delicately spiced, meat full of intense gamey flavor without tasting musky. And just in case you forget it's a baby pigeon, they give you the little fried head, which is fun to play with after the meal. (What can I say, I'm a barbarian.)

Since the squab didn't come with anything (except for a pile of those puffy shrimp chip things, which I'm not really a fan of), I also ordered chinese broccoli with oyster sauce. It came in a ginormous pile with the oyster sauce on the side. The broccoli was cooked well, nicely al dente, but was covered with a heck of a lot of peanut oil. It was way too oily for my taste. Plus, with the sauce being on the side, the oil made it hard to get the sauce to stick to the veggies when you dipped them. Overall, not the thing to order there, I guess.

My boyfriend said his flounder was good. He was trying to get something healthy, though, and though they did steam the fish, they then drowned it in an inch of (again) peanut oil. It was tasty, but the oil was just unneccessary.

The service was a bit rushed and brusque, in my opinion. I was unable to get them to bring me brown rice, either because they didn't have it or didn't understand me. Not a big deal, but I wasn't thrilled with the staggered dish arrival times. They did bring hot towels and sliced oranges at the end, which is always nice. The prices were reasonable. Anyway, if you end up going, I highly recommend the roast squab. And don't bother ordering plain vegetables or anything steamed- just go right for the fried and greasy stuff, which is what they seem to do best.

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