The Chinatown & Flushing Hit List
by The Culinistas
Happy Year of The Rat! Here at HQ, we’ve been exploring and eating Chinese dishes throughout the Lunar New Year Celebration. We’re here to break down our favorite spots in Manhattan’s Chinatown and Queens’ Flushing.
Lan Zhou Hand Pulled Noodles
Visit for plump dumplings and tender, homemade noodles in broth or on their own. The no-frills dining area has a window to the kitchen in the back to view noodle pulling in action. No matter what, take part in the homemade chile oil conveniently placed on each table.
40 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
Open Monday-Sunday 11am-11pm
Vanessa’s Dumpling House
This Edridge Street classic is known for its dumplings, when in reality the scallion pancake is what you should be ordering. Fried in a large griddle right before your eyes, and stuffed with your selection of crispy veg, egg, kimchi, pork, it’s an ideal on-the-go snack. Fun fact: Jill wrote a review of this joint in 2003 for TImeOutNY when it was just a sliver of a spot and she was living down the street, eating said pancakes everyday for an entire summer.
118 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
Monday-Saturday 10am-10:30pm Sunday 10am-10pm
A brightly lit space on one of Chinatowns busiest streets, Bo Ky features Teochew cuisine, a fusion of Cantonese and Vietnamese. The result is Country Style Duck, braised and brined until tender with daikon salad and nuoc cham dipping sauce. Curry Noodle Soup in rich broth, and Cambodian style fish soup with your choice of the seven types of noodles.
80 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
A counter at the back of this multi-stall space serves up the best duck buns in Flushing for $1 a pop. Crispy duck is paired with crunchy carrots, radish, and a healthy dose of hoisin. Don’t leave without an order of three!
135-24 40 Rd, Flushing, NY 11354
Flushing Food Court
A staple of the Chinese food scene in Flushing, the lowest level of the New World Mall is home to over thirty stalls serving up dishes from various regions of China and beyond. We’ve eaten our way through, so we know that stall #24 Tian Fu is not to be missed. Pick from an assortment of veg, meats, seafood, herbs, and chiles to create your own dry pot. Stall #19 is a must for spicy thin noodles and braised pork in tangy broth. Before you leave stop by Stall #26 for a Beijing style ham and egg stuffed scallion crepe.
133-35 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354
A special thanks to Time Out for the beautiful photograph.