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.
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
Just a few blocks away from the 7 train on 111th Street on the way to Flushing Meadows Corona Park are a few street vendors. If you get hungry, try a stick of barbecued chicken. It’s simply seasoned and for an extra kick throw some hot sauce on it. If that’s not enough, add a side of salchipapas (hot dogs and french fries) and wash it down with some horchata.
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.
For all your Turkish imports from Nestle Chokella and coffee to other sweet treats like Turkish delights head to Orchard Farmers Market in Sunnyside. This corner store sells organic fruit, health food favorites, an array of beverages, coffee beans, and lots of items from Turkey.
Orchard Farmers Market, 4224 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104
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