Many people consider Manhattan to be the epicenter of the New York City food scene. However, these folks seem to forget about other boroughs like Queens, specifically Flushing, where you can find delicious food on just about every corner. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, check out these Flushing restaurants.
Flushing Restaurants that You Need to Try
Xi’an Famous Foods
Since 2005, Xi’an Famous Foods, which started as a small stand in Flushing’s Golden Shopping Mall, has exploded into a New York staple serving the very best cuisines from the northwestern region of China. It’s even been featured on the Food Network, the Cooking Channel and the Travel Channel, as well as every major food publication, including Zagat and Grub Street.
Xi’an has locations in Manhattan, but their original and flagship stores are each located in Flushing. At these restaurants, you can enjoy a wide range of tasty dishes like:
- Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger
- Stir-fried Liang-Pi “Cold Skin Noodles”
- Spicy Hot Oil Seared Hand-Ripped Noodles
- Mount Qi Vegetables Hand-Ripped Noodles in Soup
Xi’an Famous Foods brings traditionally rural Chinese cuisine to the big city in a big way.
Leaf Bar and Lounge
On the rooftop of the Hyatt Place Hotel, Leaf Bar and Lounge is a hotspot for diners who want a great meal with an amazing view of downtown Flushing. This upscale bar and lounge has cocktails, small dishes, Taiwanese favorites and much more.
Enjoy a signature cocktail like a Hot Toki Toddy or Miss Lee’s Lavender accompanied by a delicious small dish like Molten Cheeseburger Spring Rolls or Edamame with Japanese Seven Spices. After drinks and appetizers, experience one of their specially made entrees like:
- Salt and Pepper Popcorn Chicken with Fried Basil
- Deep Fried Pork Chop
- Henry’s Beef Noodle Soup
- “Tiger Bites Pig” Pork Belly Buns
Flushing has a ton of amazing Korean restaurants, but none better than The COOP. This Korean soul food joint has a full-scale bar so you can enjoy a few drinks with your meal. If you sit at the bar, indulge in tasty appetizers like Kimchi Egg Roll and The COOP Wings topped in soy garlic or spicy sauce.
Their Korean fried chicken is worth the trip alone. When you visit The COOP, make sure you try one of the many options off of their entrée menu, including:
- The COOP Chicken
- Kimchi Pasta
- Spicy Rice Cakes
- Pork Rib Fondue
If you’re looking to eat at The Coop anytime soon, be sure to make a reservation here.
After dinner is finished, you’re going to need some dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. 10 Below, which first brought Thai ice cream rolls to New York City, is the perfect place to fill this craving.
Inspired by the fresh, made-to-order ice cream stands on the streets of Thailand, 10 Below uses special crafting and freezing techniques to produce their product.
If you get the chance to visit 10 Below (which also has locations throughout New York City), try some of these delicious flavors:
- Key Lime Pie
- S’mores Galore
- Fruity Bam Bam
- Matcha Made in Heaven
10 Below is one of the best ice cream restaurants in the city, so make sure you try it sometime soon.
When planning your next big night out or if you’re just looking for a new place to try, be sure to keep these Flushing restaurants in mind!