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Key to the City

The Cold Picnic Designers Eat Their Way Through Flushing, Queens

Key to the City BY alisha prakash 07/20/2013

When Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer aren’t working long and hard on their super-cool accessories line Cold Picnic, they’re likely either a) chowing down in Flushing or b) dreaming about their next excursion to the Asian food oasis. “When I started dating Phoebe and visiting her parents, I got hooked on Taiwanese food. And when we moved from Boston, which had a great Chinatown, to Brooklyn, everyone said that Flushing was the best place to get Chinese food, so we started exploring right away,” says Peter. “There are so many hidden food stalls. It really does feel like you’re exploring a new country,” adds Phoebe. Here, seven spots they’ve uncovered. 

 

 

 

Golden Mall Food Court
Phoebe: “This place is pretty hard to find—there are all these knick-knack shops, food stalls, and grocery stores along Main Street, and the entrance is pretty hidden. When you get to the bottom of the steps, there are about eight restaurants, each with just a few little tables, all squeezed into a tiny basement. Order the beef noodle soup from Lan Zhou—ask for the fat noodle. It’s an enormous bowl of handmade noodles, which they make right in front of you, with veggies, scallions, cilantro, super-tender beef, and delicious broth. Also order the skewers from Lan Zhou. We always get squid, chicken hearts, and sausage.”
(41-28 Main St.)

 

 


Fay Da Bakery
Peter: “There are a few of these bakeries scattered through Flushing. We’ve tried a bunch of things from them, and they can be hit or miss—but the Japanese cheesecake is always incredible. It’s light and fluffy like a sponge cake but tastes like a cheesecake. $1.75 per slice!”
(41-60 Main St.)

 

 

 

Ding Tai
Phoebe: “We always stop here for radish pastries. They make everything fresh, and the radish cakes—radish, pork, and veggies in a flaky pastry topped with sesame seeds—are the best.”
(40-46 Main St.)

 

 

Peking Duck Sandwich Stall
Peter: “This is the first stand in a long hallway of food stalls. You can get a Peking duck sandwich served on fluffy white rice bun with hoisin, scallions, and cucumber for $1.”
(Main St. and 40th Rd.)

 

 

New Flushing Bakery
Phoebe: “This tiny little bakery is always packed. Their Portuguese custard tarts are the best we’ve had. The pastry is super-flaky, and the custard is always delicious. They sell out fairly quickly, so come early.”
(135-45 Roosevelt Ave.)

 

 

New World Mall Food Court
Phoebe: “This food court is one of the most impressive we’ve seen. It feels like you’re in Taiwan. They’ve got hand-pulled noodles, fresh lobster, countless hot pots, frozen yogurt, dumplings, and shabu-shabu. We try to get a little bit of something every time we come, but we never leave without getting Taiwanese shaved ice from Ponji. The shaved ice is topped with brown sugar sauce, sweetened condensed milk, and three toppings of your choice—we picked grass jelly, mango boba, and red bean.”
(4021 Main St.)

 

 

Sky Foods
Peter: “We never leave Flushing without a trip to Sky Foods grocery store. It’s huge and clean and has super-fresh seafood.”
(40-24 College Point Blvd.)

 

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