New York

Where to Order Lunch in Flushing, Queens, According to a Local

From Korean corn dogs to soup dumplings.

Courtesy of The Basac
Courtesy of The Basac
Courtesy of The Basac

Editor’s Note: I’m Tae, your new New York City local editor here at Thrillist. Moving forward, I’ll be updating you on the best food, drinks, and events in NYC. The other day when I was watching Spike Lee’s latest joint (a beautiful tribute to New York), I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of hometown pride when a familiar landmark came across my screen: the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
 
That’s because as a born-and-raised Queens kid, spotting this architectural wonder while on the 7 Train meant I was one station away from the last stop of the line at my hometown of Flushing. And while the Main Street subway stop might be where the 7 Train ends, it’s also where a lot of great food adventures begin.

Queens is the most diverse borough of New York, and Flushing’s downtown area of Main Street has always been a popular food destination thanks to its abundance of Asian restaurants, bakeries, and street food. From sit-down meals at places who specialize in one cuisine, to the plethora of food stalls in the basement of New World Mall that’ll have you doing multiple loops, eating in Flushing only stops when your stomach says it needs a time-out.

And if you live in the area and are working from home, here’s where to get the best takeout and delivery for lunch from both Main Street and beyond.

The Basac

Order via DoorDash, Uber Eats
The name of this spot might be one vowel away from the word basic, but don’t be fooled because that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In Korean, the name translates to “crispy,” and the Basac offers an assortment of Korean comfort foods that also include corn dogs in six different varieties — all with the option for cheese. Whether they’re breaded in ramyun flakes, potato (aka french fry chunks), cornflakes, or almonds & sunflower seeds, every ingredient for the corn dogs are flown in from Korea to give you that Seoul street food experience. This is also true for the hot dogs, which are lighter in color, flavor, and density in comparison to the average American frank. 

Empanadas El Gustazo Restaurant

Call 718-661-1080
This Colombian restaurant is less than a 10-minute walk away from the hustle and bustle of Flushing Main Street’s hub of Asian businesses. Open for almost 20 years, Empanadas El Gustazo opens daily at 6am with a full menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Their most popular items are their empanadas and the bandeja tipica (typical Colombian plate). This filling combo plate includes grilled steak, chicharron, and a fried egg over rice with red beans and a corn cake. Leave room for the fried plantains that also come with it, and be sure to have cash at hand for any delivery orders.

Hahm Ji Bach

Call 718-460-9289 or text on KaKaoTalk ID: hahmjibach149
Located in the Murray Hill area of Flushing, Hahm Ji Bach offers the type of traditional Korean food you’d want to feast on with your family, banchan (side dishes) and all. Their special weekday lunch menu offers all the classics and you can choose from bibimbap, kimchi jjigae, or bulgogi where they marinate the beef in their house special soy sauce. If you feel like splurging, tag on the buchu jeon (aka Korean chive pancake) which is fried yet somehow feels healthy.

Joongkoogjip
Joongkoogjip
Joongkoogjip

Joongkoog Jip

Call 718-358-0468 or order via DoorDash
Translating into “Chinese house” in Korean, Joongkoog Jip serves up what Korean cuisine considers as its customary version of Chinese food. These dishes are primarily defined with the following two items: ja jang myun, noodles in black bean sauce, and jjam pong, spicy noodles in a seafood soup. Fried rice, dumplings, and different proteins coated in a sweet and sour sauce are also common accompaniments to the staple noodle dishes. Your order will also come with a side of raw onions with black bean sauce for dipping along with some yellow pickled radish, with both meant to offer a refreshing palate cleanser for the mains.

KimGaNae

Call 718-888-3100 or order via DoorDash, Grubhub, Seamless
Conveniently located in Main Street Flushing, KimGaNae’s Korean comfort foods can help you live out your favorite K-drama fantasy to get you through your workday. Popular with students and young people alike, their expansive menu offers tteokbokki, ramyun, kimbap, donkatsu, curries, and more — all with a dizzying amount of different options for each. And if you live in Bayside, they’re now delivering to your area with a $40 minimum on each order.

Cheyenne Cohen
Cheyenne Cohen
Cheyenne Cohen

Paris Baguette

Order via DoorDash
This French-inspired bakery is a chain originally from South Korea with over 20 locations in New York. From breads, sandwiches, salads, coffee, and tea, the spot offers a variety of snackable lunch options that also include a free pastry for every dozen that you purchase. And best of all, you can give your poor wrists a break from typing all day and homemade attempts at dalgona coffee by ordering it from them instead.

Pelicana Chicken

Call 718-460-8282 or order via Seamless
With locations all over the city, Pelicana knows what the cluck they’re doing when it comes to KFC (no not that one, Korean Fried Chicken, silly!). A whole chicken, half chicken, original, crispy, boneless, wings — they’re all offered with a number of sauce options that include the signature sweet and spicy Pelicana house sauce. Or if a chicken burger or grilled chicken salad is more your thing, spread those wings and fly with it.

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

Call 718-321-3838 or order online or via Uber Eats
Soup dumplings from Shanghainese restaurant Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao are some of the best in Flushing. Try their signature namesake filled with pork; and there’s also the very popular combo of crab meat and pork. Other varieties include truffle pork, chicken soup, and scallop, or try a taste of each in an order of their lucky six. And don’t get too full of dumplings because you wouldn’t want to skip out on the rest of their menu either. The sliced beef and tripe are good bets as well, served in a spicy sauce along with any of their signature dim sum, noodle soups, fried rice cakes, and assortment of cold appetizers. And you can also purchase their soup dumplings frozen to easily steam up for dinner later.

Tang

Call 718-279-7080 or order via DoorDash, Grubhub, Seamless
While the name of this Korean spot on Northern Boulevard translates into “soup” in English, their specialties go beyond just providing a sippable lunch. Their expansive menu has something for everyone with any type of craving. From classics like cold noodles and LA galbi (marinated beef short ribs) to seafood pasta and ddonkatsu omelette rice, or spicy chicken stew and udon to an assortment of bite-sized jeons (savory pancakes) that include oysters, hot peppers, shrimp, and more, Tang’s menu is a crowd pleaser.

Tiger Sugar

Order via Seamless
Those days of waiting in long lines at this popular Taiwanese bubble tea chain’s Main Street location are finally over in thanks to delivery. Tigar Sugar’s signature brown sugar milk with boba, tiger jelly, and cream mousse is a must try just based on aesthetics alone. Chocolate malt, latte, and milk-less versions are also on the menu and all make for the perfect (sober) liquid lunch.Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Tae Yoon is the Local Editor for NYC at Thrillist.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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