A small Chinese restaurant in Flushing seems an unlikely place to find what the New York Times Diner's Journal calls "the best soup dumplings in New York City, if not the world, and that includes China." Yet, the constant line of eager guests awaiting seats at Nan Shian Dumpling House serve as perfect evidence of the eatery's prowess. Sinking teeth into the dumplings provides further proof: the dainty buns conceal treasures of flaky crab meat, succulent pork, and savory broth. The signature dish can be garnished with such sides as beef-stuffed scallion pancakes or flaky turnip pastries as diners feast elbow-to-elbow with other parties at communal tables.
The scents of steak, seafood, and ribs waft through Bronx Grill, punctuating the friendly, family-oriented atmosphere with mouth-watering anticipation. Fill empty stomachs with kansas city rib-eye steaks, lobster tails, or chicken fettuccine, or enjoy a little bit of both with numerous surf 'n' turf combos like steak and crab. A salad bar offers unlimited portions of veggies and bowls that make cool hats, and hungry breakfasters can add a 6-ounce sirloin to the waffles, omelets, yucca, and empanadas of the Caribbean brunch buffet.
Chefs at Jardin De China expertly blend the culinary traditions of China with those of Latin America to create the restaurant’s signature Latin-Chinese fusion cuisine. They prepare ropa vieja, fried pork chops, and other Latin specialties and then add an Eastern twist by serving them alongside fried rice and egg rolls. The menu also holds a number of unadulterated Chinese classics including General Tso’s chicken and beef with broccoli. Those dining in are encouraged to check out the hanging display case in the dining room; it showcases paper money from China, several Spanish-speaking countries, and the moon.
Portofino Ristorante wins over visitors with feasts of baked clams, slow-cooked pork loins, and tender sautéed chicken atop beds of pasta. Perched upon City Island's waterfront, the restaurant cultivates an atmosphere that, like a tractor christening, is simultaneously rustic and urbane. The patio gives diners a view of New York's skyline; the interior evokes the image of a banquet hall in an Italian countryside villa—maroon leather chairs, warm light descending from chandeliers, and walls decorated in a stucco-esque scumbling and murals of Mediterranean harbor scenes. Guests sup on shrimp stuffed with crab meat or sautéed broccoli raab in cozy candlelit booths, break bread in the Piccolo Room or banquet area, or toast goblets of wine at the tucked-away wraparound bar.
The chefs at Asian Bowl create a wide selection of Asian fusion dishes, ranging from Hong Kong-style sweet and sour chicken to lo mein and gluten-free beef with broccoli. Vegetarian versions of almost every dish finally share the complex flavors of mongolian beef and pineapple chicken with diners used to just greens and carrots shaped like steak.
Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Tung Shing House chops through a kaleidoscopic spread of artfully arranged Chinese lunch and dinner fare in a spacious, elegant environment. Fork-herd a culinary barnyard of specials such as sesame chicken ($9.95) and beef with black pepper sauce ($13.95) toward open mouth stables or use the braised-beef short ribs as savory boomerangs for passing notes between tables ($18.95). The peking duck is one of the chef's specialties and a perfect meal to share or use to distract a predator chomping at your heels ($32.95). Shark-fin soup (market price) promotes tableside gill growth, while an eclectic Japanese menu peppers sepia tongues with a Technicolor tapestry of tightly furled sushi.