Stopped by Flushing's Main Street food court (36-58 Main St., at 37th Ave.) on Sunday afternoon and found it closed once again. A sign in Chinese, dated April 12, mentions interior work (last time it was supposedly a plumbing overhaul) but says nothing about when the place might reopen. When the food court was shuttered for several weeks earlier this year, it lost several of its best vendors (see below). So this latest trouble could spell the beginning of the end - or maybe just the end.
Flushing's liveliest food court now seems to be a few blocks south in the space anchored by Mayflower Bakery (40-46 Main St.). Taipei Noodle House's hand-pulled beef noodle soup, recommended by others here, remains a winner: tender chunks of meat with thick noodles in a slightly curry-scented broth, garnished with a handful of scallions and cilantro (punch it up if you like with vinegar and hot sauce). Still haven't tried the exceptionally fresh-looking buffet or the Shanghai, Fuzhou, Sichuan and other stands. I just wish they'd do something about the depressing, overheated upstairs seating area.