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
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
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
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!
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.
At Biang, the trendier and more formal version of Xi’an Famous Foods, you can have quail two ways. The quail eggs on sausage & toasted Mantou slices are sweet and creamy with a little spice. The spicy quail with tiger vegetables is sure to tingle your tastebuds with cumin and then cool them down with celery and cilantro. Get it spicy in Flushing.
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
Did you know that the famous Tiffany lamps are created at the Tiffany Furnace studio in Corona? From dragonflies to flowers and swirly patterns, the designs are unique and the glass technique is innovative. A collection of lamps and glass samples are currently on exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
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
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.