The 10 Best Restaurants in Flushing
It's no secret that the outer boroughs are home to some of the meltiest parts of New York's vast cultural and culinary crockpot. Like socarrat -- the crunchy bits of rice at the bottom of the paella pan -- the tastiest morsels are on the edges, hidden beneath layers of bomba rice, or in Flushing's case, the 7 train. The Queens neighborhood boasts an impressive array of cuisines, with a notable East and Southeast Asian presence, many of which are among our favorite restaurants of their kind in the city. In fact, as one of the eating-est neighborhoods in town, it was next to impossible to whittle the list down to just 10 -- so here are our "10" best restaurants in Flushing, a list you'll note contains a number of ties.
flickr/garystevens Xi'an Famous Foods founder David Shi
10. Golden Shopping Mall/Flushing Mall/New World Mall, 41-28 Main Street/133-31 39th Avenue/40-21 Main Street, Queens
Of all of Flushing's gastronomic assets, its varied food courts may be the most charming. Whether sussing out Happy Kenji Noodle's Taiwanese beef noodle soup at the flashy New World Mall food court or perching on a colorful picnic bench eating shaved ice in the run-down-but-still-standing Flushing Mall, it's easy to see their appeal. Our favorite of the bunch is the two-story Golden Shopping Mall, a mishmash of shops and stalls tucked inside an otherwise plain street-level and basement space. It's from this location that David Shi started Xi'an Famous Foods, arguably Flushing's most famous export. Other standouts include superlative lamb with squash and pork, shrimp, and chive dumplings at Tianjin Dumpling House, and noodles chilled or in steamy broth from Lanzhou Handmade Noodles.
9. Pop's Diner, 44-29 Kissena Boulevard, Queens; 718-463-7719
With half a century spent slinging blue plate specials under its belt, Pop's is a neighborhood gem. Breakfast is particularly satisfying, with sausage links as bulbous as British bangers and top notch egg cookery. Sandwiches and platters get a special boost from three proprietary hot sauces made with yellow, green and red Brazilian peppers, giving the unassuming diner a spicy edge -- we like them best on Friday's stuffed peppers.
8. Siruyeon, 150-36 Northern Boulevard, Queens; 718-461-6677
Nestled along Northern Boulevard in Murray Hill, this modest Korean cafe specializes in rice cake waffles topped with ice cream and fresh fruit. The only thing these confections have in common with traditional waffles is the shape, and the gummy, mochi-like texture is a fun alternative to sating those more sinful brunch cravings. The shop also knows its way around the savory side of rice cakes, including an above-average version of chili-spiked tteokbokki, soft rice cakes swimming in sweet, tangy chili sauce.
4021 Main St., Flushing, NY
41-28 Main St., Flushing, NY
38-12 Prince St., Flushing, NY
135-02 Roosevelt Ave., New York, NY
47-23 Northern Blvd., New York, NY
162-21 Depot Road, Flushing, NY
45-63 Bowne St., Flushing, NY
18-24 College Point Blvd., New York, NY