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Sunset Park trip review (long)

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Sunset Park trip review (long)

Stephanie L. | Apr 1, 2002 01:54 PM

Just wanted to share my first-time experience in the Chinese part of Sunset Park (on Saturday night). Quite a difference from the Chinatown in Manhattan. My friend noted that it seemed more "relaxed," maybe because the sidewalks aren't as narrow and it's a less cramped, more residential area where tourists aren't apt to go. The fish markets turned up some surprises, including big geoduck clams and LIVE frogs (and some icky looking dead ones too). Produce markets were absurdly cheap.

The Hong Kong Supermarket right by the 8th Avenue stop on the N line is a real eye-opener. It's much bigger than the one on Pike Street, and it was a trip to seen a whole (long) aisle of condiments/sauces, a whole aisle of cookies/crackers, a whole aisle of frozen dumplings and dim sum, etc. Their goods not only come from China, but also Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The selection truly is mind-boggling.

For dinner, we ended up at Nyonya on the corner of 8th Avenue & 54th Street. I haven't been to the one in Manhattan, but the one here was really good. The seaweed & seafood soup was very tasty and meant for 2-3 people, and my standard curried chicken was well-executed (the chicken was on the bone rather than plain breast pieces). Since we were observing Passover, we couldn't have roti canai or any of the rice & noodle dishes, alas. Dessert was bubble tea at Ten Ren, which I now like better than Saint Alp's.

It was quite a cap to an excursion that began with ice cream sundaes at Hinsch's in Bay Ridge. (We walked around the footpath by the Verrazano Bridge & took the N train to Sunset Park.) I hope to go back & eat at one of the Chinese restaurants--any recommendations?

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