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The best restaurants in Flushing, Queens

From dumplings to egg tarts, take the 7 train to Chinatown in Queens for the best restaurants in Flushing

By Bao Ong
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When we’re seeking some of the best Chinese restaurants in New York, Flushing is always on our list of places to visit. This culinary mecca in Queens’ Chinatown is why we board the 7 train to fix our cravings for dumplings, hand-pulled noodles, bubble tea and Asian desserts. While the nearby Queens Night Market is great, we love Flushing for its endless options around the clock (look for at least an eatery or two to make our best dishes and drinks list this year).

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Best restaurants in Flushing

Guan Fu Szechuan
Guan Fu Szechuan
Photograph: Ali Garber

1. Guan Fu Szechuan

Restaurants Chinese Flushing

If the proliferation of Szechuan menus is any indication, New Yorkers crave heat. At Guan Fu Sichuan, platters of bean-jelly salads are amped up with garlicky chili oil, stewed pork legs are swamped in a hearty broth, and the other spicy dishes are great for sharing. The formal dining room sets this restaurant apart from similar spots.

White Bear
White Bear
Photograph: Ali Garber

2. White Bear

Restaurants Chinese Flushing

Dumpling aficionados trek to this closet-size eatery to order the No. 6: A dozen pork wontons ($7), doused in roasted chili oil and topped with a smattering of diced pickled vegetables, arrives on a Styrofoam plate. Despite more than 30 items on the menu, it’s the only dish everyone seems to order—and for good reason.

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New Flushing Bakery
New Flushing Bakery
Photograph: Ali Garber

3. New Flushing Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Flushing

Forget all the egg tarts you’ve ever tasted in New York. This bakery’s Portuguese tart is the best we’ve tasted. Enveloped in a buttery dough, the jiggly custard is full of vanilla and almond notes, but the tart itself is not overly sweet. We always order more than one (after all, they’re $2 a pop).

Joes Steam Rice Roll
Joes Steam Rice Roll
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4. Joe's Steam Rice Roll

Restaurants Chinese Flushing

We first fell in love with cheong fun—the wide, translucent rice noodles that are often filled with pork, beef or shimp—at Joe’s Steam Rice Roll. The eatery now has two Manhattan locations, but the original Flushing stall, located in a narrow mall, is where we feel hypnotized and hungry each time the springy noodles are doused with sweet soy sauce.

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New World Mall
New World Mall
Photograph: Ali Garber

5. New World Mall

Restaurants Chinese Flushing

Weave through the throngs of pedestrians outside the 7 train to find this basement-level food court. You can feast on everything from hand-pulled noodles at Lanzhou to bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea. Pro tip: Go with a group so you can sample more food.

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