Serious Eats: New York
A Guide to the Flushing Mall Food Court
There's a lot to love about the Flushing Mall Food Court. If you're looking for a soft landing in the Queens food wilderness, this is it.
You'll find that it's airy, well-lit, and clean. Colorful tabletops host diners slurping hot pot and attendants come around to clean up after them. And there's real entertainment value in watching Delimanjoo crank out kooky custard-filled cakes shaped like ears of corn. As you drift around, you'll encounter everything from mango ice cream-topped shaved ice to pulled noodles to kimchi. And plenty of "thick soup" on menus. (Exactly what it sounds like.)
Compared to the Golden Shopping Mall, you'll find that navigation is easier: English is everywhere, and the offerings are slanted Taiwanese, with additional Korean and Japanese offerings. If you're the type to pick airlines for their legroom, there's plenty more of that here.
I've been coming here ever since the New York Times included their shaved ice in a Flushing roundup. While I've found better Taiwanese shaved ice in NYC since, I still find S&C Shaved Ice to produce a satisfying, dependable bowl with plenty of topping options. If you're in the mood for something fruity and sweet, their mango and mango ice cream-topped shaved ice can't be beat.
Keep in mind that the mall, as if this writing, is in a bit of a flux. The newest addition is a Japanese stall, which serves tempura, ramen, and sushi. And Ting Wei Corp, despite a followup visit, was only serving soy milk.
My favorites here include the fried pork chop at Ay Chung Noodle and the various Sichuanese classics at Chengdu Snacks—wontons in chili oil, dan dan noodles, and other red-oil drenched delectables. Cutting your teeth on a bowl at Lanzhou Noodle is also a solid pick.
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And for a bit of food history, did you know that once upon a time, a takoyaki stand once existed where Xi'an Famous Foods stands now? While I love that I can get my spicy cold skin noodles at two convenient Flushing locales, that place will always hold a spot in my heart for introducing me to the Japanese street snack. RIP.
Explore the Flushing Mall Food Court
- Miakou Snacks
- Xi'an Famous Foods
- Japanese Food
- Korean Food
- Hai Di Lao
- Yong He Zhi Jia
- S&C Shaved Ice
- Ay Chung Noodle
- ChengDu Snack
- Lanzhou Noodle
Flushing Mall Food Court Map