Boy, do I miss Queens! My utter lack of Russian has hampered my chow explorations here, but we did happen upon a wonderful Chinese restaurant the other night called Shanghai Cafe, 13 Krasne Prospekt, just a few blocks down from Ploscid Lenina. The hostess showed us the menu, which was in English as well as Russian, and I almost wept from relief. We enjoyed beef tongue in garlic sauce, a wonderful fish soup - the fish reminded me of monkfish, but I'm sure it was something indigenous to this area - spare ribs in a brown sauce tasting of 5 spice - wonderful fried rice that was more like a risotto, with bits of pork and shrimp in it, and crunchy chicken, very lightly battered and fried, not greasy at all, and served with a small dish of salt and pepper to dip the pieces in. This food was really wonderful and could compete easily with any to be found in Flushing. We were also serenaded by a violin/accordion duo playing mid-20th century American love songs. A great night.