After reading about this new place here (see thread "Hunan in North Flushing") four of us set out to on our first NYC Hunan foray last night.
Overall, we were very, very pleased. Excited, even!
The restaurant is a huge step up in decor and atmosphere from our old faves like Little Pepper and Shanghai Tide. There is an excellent command of English among staff, and the owners are warm and welcoming and willing to help with ordering.
We were seated at pushed-together square tables in the front, allowing a view of Northern Blvd. HH serves 3 kinds of beer.
I had a list compiled from reports here; two of the diners were spice-adverse and the ordering reflected this.
Hunan Pickled Cabbage--very good, vinegary; little heat.
Ox Tongue and Tripe with Spicy Peppery Sauce..friend took this home; I did not try but will report back with his comments. (His current favorite is from a stall called something like "SIster Shu" south on Main Street; I don't know that place)
Steamed Spare Ribs, Hunan Style (served in a bamboo receptacle). Excellent--tender, complex flavors. From specials part of menu. I am still craving this dish. Little chunks of rib bathed in lovely brown sauce-sorry to be so vague, but it was GREAT!
Shredded Pork with Dry Bean Curd--Specials section. Lots of celery. MUCH lighter and less greasy than my old fave rendition from Little Pepper. Flavorful; very good for a non-spicy dish, but I happen to be partial to this dish. Like most of the dishes we tried, this was noticeably lacking in oil and the cooking overall seemed much lighter than that of some of our usual Flushing faves.
Shredded Duck with Fresh Ginger..also on Specials. Very good, very smokey. Very good in small portions; also non-spicy and light on the oil component.
Steamed Mash Peppers with Tofu. Also on specials. I was expecting a bean sheet dish like the one at fu Run. This was smokey, with a lovely sweet-ish, complex sauce, but just did not excite any of us.
Spicy Slice Fish, HunanStyle (from "Special Recommend" List). Flavors complex and excellent. Cumin?
I liked the sauce better than the fish itself, which was a little gummy from the breading. Will not order again--will try whole fish or fish head S1 on Specials menu, next time.
Bok Choy. Excellent.
Will definitely return to this place, hopefully soon. Bill with about 7 beers and tip, for 4 people, totalled about $108. Lots of food to take home. There are So many new(to me) dishes on this menu and I look forward to trying many of them--great new addition to the Flushing scene; service is friendly and welcoming.
Across the street (Northern Blvd) is a new supermarket that looks promising. Good looking vegetables/ Pineapples for $1.24.
Hunan House is across from Flushing Town Hall and near the old historic house, about a block east of Main Street on Northern Blvd.