on the way back from a client meeting yesterday, didn't realize how close flushing chinatown is to the LIE. Stopped at nan xiang and white bear.
I've been to nan xiang 3-4 times, as usual, the dumplings were full of delicious broth and I love the delicate skin. As an aside, I was to taiwan cafe in boston this week, reputed to have the best in boston, and there was really no comparison.
First time to white bear, ordered the wantons in "spicy" oil, while I liked the dumplings, there was absolutely no heat and I found the whole dish a little bland. yes, a great bargain, but I've had better versions...and you do have to close your eyes while eating, I don't mind dumps (my wife claims I've created my own rating determined by the ratio of food to decor score) but to my eyes, this place was dirty.
a few steps to ten-ren for some bubble tea, then to tai pan for all manner of pastry for my family and I was back to my car just before the one hour parking limit.