At Jardin de China Restaurant in Corona, you can get a mixture of Spanish and Chinese food. The baked fish and shrimp with black bean rice won my heart. The rub seasoning on the seafood will rock your world.
One of the best deals in Elmhurst is a snack at Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House. $5 will get you far. Whether it is fried pork and chive dumplings, pork hand drawn noodles, or a bowl of soup, the dishes can be filling enough to suffice for a meal and are plenty enough to share.
Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House, 83-05 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY, 11373
This one time famous hamburger from Donovan’s Pub in Woodside comes with sweet potato fries or regular french fries. If you get it with cheese, they give you two slices! Donovan’s Pub is up for sale. Come by for a drink, to watch the game, and that juicy burger before the famous landmark becomes a thing of the past.
Henan Feng Wei in Flushing is tucked away on the often forgotten 41st Avenue. The Henan restaurant was renovated and serves the best pork pancake I have ever tasted. Fluffy, flavorful and stuffed with so much pork if you cut it more than once, it will all spill out. Most items are under five dollars. They even have soup dumplings!
Flushing is home to some of the best cheap eats street food. $1 bbq sticks? I’ll have three. They come in chicken, lamb, and beef. Spicy or mild? Go for the secret shake spice! It’ll make all the difference. Expect long lines after work and during late nights.
Where Main Street, 41st Avenue, and Kissena Boulevard begin to fork.
Momos for beginners, that’s how I like to refer to the momos at Namaste Tashi Delek Momo Dumpling Palace in Jackson Heights. These tasty Tibetan dumplings are filled with beef, chicken, or veggies. You can dip them in a buttery, sweet Tamarind sauce or a spicy tomato chutney one. Stall is located in the back of Merit Kebab and Dumpling Palace.
5Pointz, famous for being an international “graffiti mecca”, is often admired from the 7 train. 5 Pointz is a building on Jackson Avenue and Crane. Graffiti covers it’s 200,000 square feet. If you are ever in Long Island City or visiting MoMA PS1 across the street, take a walk by or tour of 5Pointz. It’s a sight and perfect example of New York flava.
In the shadow of Jackson Heights' famous Indian, Nepali, and Himalayan cuisine lies Legend’s Bar where in the back exists a fantastic Texas style barbecue kiosk. Head straight to Ranger Texas Barbecue for all your pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, sausage links, and chicken cravings. They even have sides. Baked beans, cornbread, you name it!
Legend’s/Ranger Texas Barbecue, 71-04 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Head to the LIC Flea& Food while the weather is still great! The outdoor market has different food vendors each weekend. Pictured here is Hong Kong Street Cart. Try the Green Mango Salad with Lemongrass Chicken or the Cold Peanut Noodle.
LIC Flea & Food, 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
Slurp slurp. Don’t forget to add in bean sprouts, basil, Sriracha, and lime juice into your bowl of pho Tai (Vietnamese beef rice noodle soup with fresh eye of round). During Winter, this is an amazing treat and great during those days where you feel like you can’t shake the sniffles.
Believe me when I say one bowl of Dan Dan Noodles is not enough. You’ll be asking for more so top off that heat with Spicy Cold Noodles and Sliced Pork Belly in Chili Garlic Sauce. Little Pepper in College Point serves up the best Sichuan food I have ever had in NYC.
Little Pepper, 18-24 College Point Blvd., NY, NY 11356
There’s always room for dessert! At the Georgia Diner in Elmhurst there is plenty of it. From Tiramisu to Strawberry Shortcake and Black Forest Cake, there is something for everyone. Even a giant cupcake!
Georgia Diner, 86-55 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, NY 11373
Queens Archery in Flushing is your ticket to discovering your inner Robin Hood, Legolas, and Katniss. At the indoor archery center, you can take a beginner’s lesson and learn to shoot a bow and arrow. Stand up straight! Good posture is key in hitting your target.
Queens Archery, 170-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11358
A meal at Lao Dong Bei in Flushing will leave you with a sweet dessert. The chef’s version of mat tang is caramelized taro, banana, and apples. It arrives piping hot and sticky. Dip a piece in the ice water bath and the sugary coating crystalizes and becomes a crunchy candy shell. Bet you can’t stop at just one piece!
Lao Dong Bei, 44-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11355
Experience the flavors of Romania in Sunnyside! Romanian Garden serves hearty dishes like stuffed cabbage, polenta, meatball soup, and meats fresh off the grill. To start get a variety of appetizers. Chiftele (fried meatballs), caseavel pane (fried cheese), and salata de vinete (eggplant salad spread) will do you right.
Romanian Garden, 43-06 43rd Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104