This is the list of Absolute Best Restaurants in Flushing as written by Joe DiStefano. I am a regular reader of Chopsticks and Marrow, and find his recommendations pretty solid. I have some thoughts on the list, and would love to hear from others.
Dumpling Galaxy - Definitely one of my favorite Flushing spots. The dumplings and other dishes have all been solid to standout when I have visited. The Cumin Lamb, and the Preserved Meat dish stick out off the entree list. The Lamb Soup Dumplings are probably my favorites.
Canton Gourmet - I only have had takeout from here, so maybe it is not fair to judge, but I did not find it particularly memorable. I also need to try their Crispy Chicken, and I know they are famous for it. Hard for me to believe they have better Cantonese food than Wan Chai. Although the latter had a "C" health grade last time I passed by which makes me sad. I am also partial to East Lake Seafood.
Imperial Main Street Taiwanese - I only ate here once, as I was not super in to it. The food was good, just not particularly memorable. They have good fly heads, but I think the ones at Happy Stony Noodle in Elmhurst are markedly better. Again I remember the Three Cup Chicken being good, but not great. Perhaps I need to try it again. Curious if anyone else has thoughts.
White Bear - Tasty wontons, but I don't find them as life changing as other.
First Lamb Shabu - LOVE this place. My favorite hot pot. The broth is lambtastic and delicious. I love the meat that is on the lamb spines. You really don't need that many add ins. I usually got Napa Cabbage, Fish Tofu, Potatoes, and the Handpulled Noodles. They hand pull them at the table when you are done with everything else. Pretty cool.
Prince Noodle - Best wontons anywhere in the city that I have tried. Although I have not been there since they were Sifu Cio. Pretty sure they were Prince Noodle before that, and it is clearly the same restaurant.
Hao Xiang Ju - Went here once. Loved it. Felt like I was IN China, in a good way. I was by myself so my ordering ability was limited, but my favorite Hunan food I have tried. Got the Fish and Sour Cabbage soup, and the Noodles with Spicy Ground Pork. They were both really delicious.
Chinese Korean Dumplings and Noodles - Everyone seems to love this place, but I only like it. In fact, I prefer the dumplings at the corner stall of the New World Mall. Especially their fish dumplings. I do really enjoy the cold noodle soup here. I wonder which dumplings are best here, as maybe I have ordered the wrong ones.
Dying to try Joe's Steam Rice Roll, and Szechuan House which I know DiStefano has recently been high on. I was surprised with Guan Fu, Da Xi, and Alley 41 all pushing the envelope that he chose that restaurant. Curious to try it. I really have enjoyed Hot Kitchen which is almost right next door! Also noticed no Dongbei restaurants made the list. Anyway would love to hear other thoughts.
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