Have you heard? The Chinese dining scene is growing in Forest Hills with several new establishments popping up in the area.
The New York Times recently reported on how the NYC neighborhood has rapidly emerged as a Chinese food destination.
Whether you like soup dumplings, dim sum, hand-pulled noodles pork buns or bubble teas, here’s your guide to the Chinese restaurants in Forest Hills.
100-30 Queens Boulevard
The Bund is a Shanghai-meets-Sichuan restaurant that opened in late 2016. Chef Yan Jun specializes in classic and modern versions of traditional fare. Because of Shanghai’s strategic location, the cuisine is influenced by its four surrounding cities – Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi and Ningbo. Top standouts include the Shanghainese pork belly stew, the soup dumplings and Bund pan-fried pork buns. It is a perfect place for family dinners or to grab to-go.
Memories of Shanghai
68-60 Austin Street, No. 10a
Memories of Shanghai is a new member of the Forest Hills food scene. This Chinese restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high-quality fresh ingredients. According to The New York Times, it is “a true mom-and-pop operation”: Xueling Zhang is the chef; his wife runs the dining room. Their daughter assists with operations, while her husband works in the kitchen. Must try items include the scallion pancake with sliced beef, soup dumplingsand pan-fried noodles.
72-01 Austin Street
Last year, Pink Forest debuted along Austin Street. The eatery serves creative bubble tea flavors and fresh Jianbing – a traditional Chinese street food similar to crepes — and Banh Mi sandwiches. It's a great spot to do some studying or meet up with a friend to catch up.
Spy C Cuisine
72-06 Austin Street
This isn’t Chinese takeout! Chef Tom Lei opened Spy C Cuisine in February and is preparing creative Chinese and Hunan-style dishes every night, along with a rotating list of specials. These dishes are legit. They are spicy and flavorful and has an authentic taste that is comparable to some of the restaurants in Flushing.
Xin Taste Hand Pulled Noodle
72-38 Austin Street
Ask anyone who has tried Xin Taste Hand Pulled Noodle, and they’ll likely say it is a small store worth cramming into. The shop has freshly-made hand-pulled noodles that are shaved off a big roll of dough, and the broth alone is delicious and flavorful. Go here and be very happy when you are in the mood for good soup.
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