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Where to Eat in Flushing's Chinatown

The places you can't miss in Flushing's incredible Chinatown.

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Flushing Chinatown, located in Flushing, Queens, is one of the largest and fastest growing Chinese communities outside of Asia. It's a spectacular place, accessible via the 7 line, where the streets are bustling and lined with bright, colorful signs, very few of which contain any English.

As you are probably aware, this concentration of Chinese has lead to an abundance of fantastic restaurants to eat at that represent regional cuisines all across China. On my first visit, not long ago, I was overwhelmed by all of the choices and was unable to take full advantage of my time there.

On your next trip to Flushing, don't make the same mistakes as me, use this map as a resource to plan your course of attack. The map is linked to this forum post, where you can submit your essential restaurants, and we'll add them to the map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. White Bear

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135-02 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 961-2322

When you think of hole-in-the-wall restaurants, White Bear should be at the top of your list. White Bear manages to squeeze 4-5 small tables into a very tight space. Nonetheless, the rumors you've heard are true - the famous wontons in chili oil are fantastic and worth eating as the next lucky person to sit down hovers over you and breaths down your neck. [Photo Credit]

2. Fu Ran

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40-09 Prince St.
New York, NY 10012
(718) 321-1363
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Fu Ran, which recently changed its name from Fu Run, is the current king of Dongbei (a northeast province in China) restaurants in Flushing, according to our own Robert Sietsema. In addition to must-try dishes like country style green bean sheet jelly and pork with sour cabbage and rice noodle, the real star at Fu Ran is the muslim lamb chops. Sure, they might be the most expensive item on the menu, at $25.95, but they are well worth it (pictured below).

3. Biang!

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41-10 Main St
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 888-7713
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Biang! is the more mature sibling of the popular Xi'an Famous Foods, offering waiter service to its patrons. In addition to waiter service, Biang! offers many of the same favorites you've grown to love at Xi'an Famous Foods, but with a number of additional items on the menu. Biang! has a great skewered meat menu, and alcohol...yep, plenty of alcohol. [Photo Credit]

4. Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

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38-12 Prince St.
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 321-3838

Similar to many restaurants in Chinatown, Nan Xiang has a large and diverse menu, but you're really only there for one, maybe a few, special item(s). At Nan Xiang, you're here for the dumplings, specifically, the soup dumplings, or xiao long bao. [Photo Credit]

5. Spicy & Tasty

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39-07 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 359-1601
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Spicy & Tasty may be the most appropriately named restaurant in all of Chinatown. Known for serving traditional Sichuan fare, Spicy & Tasty takes no mercy on its customers. Regardless of what you order at Spicy & Tasty, make sure it's got those glorious mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. Also, don't forget to browse the cold appetizer bar situated right by the front door (pictured below). [Photo Credit]

6. New Flushing Bakery

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3922 Main St
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 539-6363

There's a lot going on at this Chinese bakery, but you're likely only here for one reason: Portuguese egg tarts. Think of a crème brûlèe-like custard, caramelized, inside pie crust. They have an additional outpost in the New World Mall if you find yourself in there.[Photo Credit]

7. Laoma Mala Tang

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#16 New World Food Court
Flushing, NY 11354

The process at LaoMa MaLaTang is pretty straightforward, as user TastethePlate puts it, "it’s hard to go wrong when you pick your own ingredients and get them stir-fried in a delicious chili oil sauce." Ingredients are affordable and sold by the pound, so LaoMa is a great option for groups that want to share one big bowl, you can even choose your own level of spice. [Photo Credit]

8. Xi'an Famous Foods

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41-28 Main St, Basement #36
Downtown Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 888-7713
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Located in the basement of the Golden Shopping Mall, you'll find the original Xi'an Famous Foods, opened back in 2005. The menu and seating may be limited, compared to some of Xi'an's newer locations, but many claim the flavors at the original Xi'an are more pronounced. [Photo Credit]

9. Sifu Chio

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4009 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 888-9295

Sifu Chio is a top choice among diners looking for quality Cantonese cuisine. Sure, Sifo Chio has great noodles and dumplings, but let's be honest, you're at Sifu Chio for the wontons. Whether served in soup, over noodles, or combined with both, you can't go wrong. [Photo Credit]

10. Tianjin Dumpling House

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41-28 Main St
Queens, NY 11355

Tianjin Dumpling house is another Flushing must-try located in the confined basement of Golden Shopping Mall. Ms. You, the owner and operator of Tianjin Dumpling House, also runs another popular Chinatown spot for dumplings - Dumpling Galaxy. The two couldn't appear any different, but the dumplings Ms. You continues to serve are as good as ever. Notable favorites include lamb with squash, pork & chive, and duck with mushroom. [Photo Credit]

11. Dumpling Galaxy

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42-35 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 461-0808
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Dumpling Galaxy, operated by Ms. You of Tianjin Dumpling House, is currently riding high on a NY Times review. Compared to the aged and cramped Tianjin, Dumpling Galaxy is a modern-day example of a dumpling paradise. Similar to Tianjin, don't leave without trying the lamb with squash, pork & chive, or duck with mushroom. [Photo Credit]

12. Sliced Noodles

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136-20 Roosevelt Ave, Stall #12
Flushing, NY 11354

Sliced Noodles, or booth #12 in New World Mall, is one of the many Chinatown stalls serving hand-pulled noodles. You won't be disappointed with an order of beef noodle soup, but make sure you pair it with Sliced Noodle's guo tie, or pork potstickers. [Photo Credit]

13. Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant

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13330 39th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 359-8600
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If you're heading into Flushing for an authentic dim sum meal, Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant should be at the very top of your list. The wait can get a little long on the weekends, but once you sit down, you'll see the servers at Asian Jewels zipping around the restaurant and your table full in a matter of minutes. [Photo Credit]

14. Happy Food

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40-28 Main St
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 321-1389

Happy Food, a relative newcomer to the scene, offers a diverse selection of Chinese charcuterie, hot dishes over rice, dim sum, and cold salads. The options can be overwhelming, but fortunately, Happy Food received the Sietsema treatment, so we'll let him do the talking.

15. Hunan Kitchen Of Grand Sichuan

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42-47 Main St
Queens, NY 11355
(718) 888-0553

In addition to having a great name, Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan serves some of the best Hunan cuisine in Chinatown. Similar to Sichuan cuisine, Hunan (a province in south-central China) tends to be hotter in flavor than Sichuan, but both cuisines are known for their use of chilies and garlic. Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan's cumin lamb and BBQ fish dishes are the perfect way to get a taste of Hunan cuisine. [Photo Credit]

16. Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet

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59-14 Main St
Flushing, NY 11355
(716) 886-8788

Located further down Main Street, on the very outskirts of Flushing, you'll find Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet. The "snacks" menu at Main Street Imperial, previously only available on Saturday afternoons, has now been made available all day, and all week, long. In addition to the fabulous minced pork over rice, there are a handful of other notable dishes, which Robert Sietsema describes for us. [Photo Credit]

17. Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao

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59-16 Main St
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 661-2882
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Here's another Flushing spot known for, and named after, soup dumplings. Located in southern Flushing Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao offers more than just soup dumplings. A few recommended dishes include the pork wontons in chili oil, cold, spicy beef tendon salad, and the scallion pancake with beef. [Photo Credit]

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1. White Bear

135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354

When you think of hole-in-the-wall restaurants, White Bear should be at the top of your list. White Bear manages to squeeze 4-5 small tables into a very tight space. Nonetheless, the rumors you've heard are true - the famous wontons in chili oil are fantastic and worth eating as the next lucky person to sit down hovers over you and breaths down your neck. [Photo Credit]

135-02 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11354

2. Fu Ran

40-09 Prince St., New York, NY 10012

Fu Ran, which recently changed its name from Fu Run, is the current king of Dongbei (a northeast province in China) restaurants in Flushing, according to our own Robert Sietsema. In addition to must-try dishes like country style green bean sheet jelly and pork with sour cabbage and rice noodle, the real star at Fu Ran is the muslim lamb chops. Sure, they might be the most expensive item on the menu, at $25.95, but they are well worth it (pictured below).

40-09 Prince St.
New York, NY 10012

3. Biang!

41-10 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355

Biang! is the more mature sibling of the popular Xi'an Famous Foods, offering waiter service to its patrons. In addition to waiter service, Biang! offers many of the same favorites you've grown to love at Xi'an Famous Foods, but with a number of additional items on the menu. Biang! has a great skewered meat menu, and alcohol...yep, plenty of alcohol. [Photo Credit]

41-10 Main St
Flushing, NY 11355

4. Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

38-12 Prince St., Flushing, NY 11354

Similar to many restaurants in Chinatown, Nan Xiang has a large and diverse menu, but you're really only there for one, maybe a few, special item(s). At Nan Xiang, you're here for the dumplings, specifically, the soup dumplings, or xiao long bao. [Photo Credit]

38-12 Prince St.
Flushing, NY 11354

5. Spicy & Tasty

39-07 Prince St, Flushing, NY 11354

Spicy & Tasty may be the most appropriately named restaurant in all of Chinatown. Known for serving traditional Sichuan fare, Spicy & Tasty takes no mercy on its customers. Regardless of what you order at Spicy & Tasty, make sure it's got those glorious mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. Also, don't forget to browse the cold appetizer bar situated right by the front door (pictured below). [Photo Credit]

39-07 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354

6. New Flushing Bakery

3922 Main St, Flushing, NY 11354

There's a lot going on at this Chinese bakery, but you're likely only here for one reason: Portuguese egg tarts. Think of a crème brûlèe-like custard, caramelized, inside pie crust. They have an additional outpost in the New World Mall if you find yourself in there.[Photo Credit]

3922 Main St
Flushing, NY 11354

7. Laoma Mala Tang

#16 New World Food Court, Flushing, NY 11354

The process at LaoMa MaLaTang is pretty straightforward, as user TastethePlate puts it, "it’s hard to go wrong when you pick your own ingredients and get them stir-fried in a delicious chili oil sauce." Ingredients are affordable and sold by the pound, so LaoMa is a great option for groups that want to share one big bowl, you can even choose your own level of spice. [Photo Credit]

#16 New World Food Court
Flushing, NY 11354

8. Xi'an Famous Foods

41-28 Main St, Basement #36, Downtown Flushing, NY 11355

Located in the basement of the Golden Shopping Mall, you'll find the original Xi'an Famous Foods, opened back in 2005. The menu and seating may be limited, compared to some of Xi'an's newer locations, but many claim the flavors at the original Xi'an are more pronounced. [Photo Credit]

41-28 Main St, Basement #36
Downtown Flushing, NY 11355

9. Sifu Chio

4009 Prince St, Flushing, NY 11354

Sifu Chio is a top choice among diners looking for quality Cantonese cuisine. Sure, Sifo Chio has great noodles and dumplings, but let's be honest, you're at Sifu Chio for the wontons. Whether served in soup, over noodles, or combined with both, you can't go wrong. [Photo Credit]

4009 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354

10. Tianjin Dumpling House

41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

Tianjin Dumpling house is another Flushing must-try located in the confined basement of Golden Shopping Mall. Ms. You, the owner and operator of Tianjin Dumpling House, also runs another popular Chinatown spot for dumplings - Dumpling Galaxy. The two couldn't appear any different, but the dumplings Ms. You continues to serve are as good as ever. Notable favorites include lamb with squash, pork & chive, and duck with mushroom. [Photo Credit]

41-28 Main St
Queens, NY 11355

11. Dumpling Galaxy

42-35 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355

Dumpling Galaxy, operated by Ms. You of Tianjin Dumpling House, is currently riding high on a NY Times review. Compared to the aged and cramped Tianjin, Dumpling Galaxy is a modern-day example of a dumpling paradise. Similar to Tianjin, don't leave without trying the lamb with squash, pork & chive, or duck with mushroom. [Photo Credit]

42-35 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

12. Sliced Noodles

136-20 Roosevelt Ave, Stall #12, Flushing, NY 11354

Sliced Noodles, or booth #12 in New World Mall, is one of the many Chinatown stalls serving hand-pulled noodles. You won't be disappointed with an order of beef noodle soup, but make sure you pair it with Sliced Noodle's guo tie, or pork potstickers. [Photo Credit]

136-20 Roosevelt Ave, Stall #12
Flushing, NY 11354

13. Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant

13330 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354

If you're heading into Flushing for an authentic dim sum meal, Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant should be at the very top of your list. The wait can get a little long on the weekends, but once you sit down, you'll see the servers at Asian Jewels zipping around the restaurant and your table full in a matter of minutes. [Photo Credit]

13330 39th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354

14. Happy Food

40-28 Main St, Flushing, NY 11354

Happy Food, a relative newcomer to the scene, offers a diverse selection of Chinese charcuterie, hot dishes over rice, dim sum, and cold salads. The options can be overwhelming, but fortunately, Happy Food received the Sietsema treatment, so we'll let him do the talking.

40-28 Main St
Flushing, NY 11354

15. Hunan Kitchen Of Grand Sichuan

42-47 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

In addition to having a great name, Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan serves some of the best Hunan cuisine in Chinatown. Similar to Sichuan cuisine, Hunan (a province in south-central China) tends to be hotter in flavor than Sichuan, but both cuisines are known for their use of chilies and garlic. Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan's cumin lamb and BBQ fish dishes are the perfect way to get a taste of Hunan cuisine. [Photo Credit]

42-47 Main St
Queens, NY 11355

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16. Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet

59-14 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355

Located further down Main Street, on the very outskirts of Flushing, you'll find Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet. The "snacks" menu at Main Street Imperial, previously only available on Saturday afternoons, has now been made available all day, and all week, long. In addition to the fabulous minced pork over rice, there are a handful of other notable dishes, which Robert Sietsema describes for us. [Photo Credit]

59-14 Main St
Flushing, NY 11355

17. Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao

59-16 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355

Here's another Flushing spot known for, and named after, soup dumplings. Located in southern Flushing Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao offers more than just soup dumplings. A few recommended dishes include the pork wontons in chili oil, cold, spicy beef tendon salad, and the scallion pancake with beef. [Photo Credit]

59-16 Main St
Flushing, NY 11355

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