Nothing to do during your 12-hour layover at LaGuardia? Think again.
Locals will take four trains and an Uber to Flushing for the city’s best traditional Asian dishes. Read our suggestions for the top places to eat before your flight.
Nan Xiang Xia Long Bao
Soup dumplings are one of Flushing’s specialties. You can get an order of some of the best in the city here – fans claim that they are the perfect consistency, with an outer shell that won’t break and fill your hands with broth when you lift the dumpling from the plate.
Nan Xiang is a very popular spot, so sample some of the other Shanghainese foods on the menu while you have the chance. The Scallion Pancakes and Steamed Pork Buns make for great appetizers, and the Rice Cakes are served with choices of chicken, beef, pork, and seafood.
Nan Xian Xia Long Bao is located at 38-12 Prince St, Flushing, NY 11354
This place is literally a hole in the wall, but it’s worth the effort you’ll put into finding it. Corner 28 doesn’t look like much (and it’s not on a corner), but it manages to turn out the best Peking Duck Buns around. Each one is served on a traditional white bun with hoisin sauce and green onions, and they cost just a dollar.
Corner 28 also has dim sum staples like Dumplings and Shumai, as well as one of the best lunch specials in NYC that includes four meat and veggie options, rice, and soup for under $6. We dare you to find a better deal in Manhattan.
Corner 28 is located at 137-28 40th Rd, Flushing NY 11354
New World Mall
Step out of the the Main Street subway stop and make a beeline for this building before you get swept up in the frenetic crowd. The food court at New World Mall is not full of your typical Subways and Taco Bells – locals laud it as the place to find the best authentic Asian street food in the city.
With over 25 vendors serving until 10PM, you could spend a day wandering between the stalls and sampling dishes like Hand Pulled Noodles, Hot Pots, Pan Fried Buns, and Spicy Szechuan Bowls. Don’t forget to grab a Boba for dessert!
New World Mall is located at 136-20 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354
In the mood for Wontons? White Bear has you covered. This small Chinese restaurant in NYC whips up wontons in all your favorite varieties, with options ranging from traditional pork to seafood, spicy, and veggie. The wonton wrapper isn’t so thick that it takes away from the flavor of the filling, but not so thin that it slides off with the first touch of your chopsticks.
Other dishes like Dan Dan Noodles, Fried Rice, and Pork and Cabbage Dumplings are available for those less enthused by White Bear’s main attraction. You can also get an order of frozen wontons to go; they might be thawed by the time your plane lands.
White Bear is located at 135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354
Maybe you’re not a huge fan of Asian cuisine, and instead you’re looking for a booth you can nestle into with a big plate of comfort food. Pop’s Diner is Flushing’s preferred greasy spoon, serving classics like Triple-Decker Clubs, Burgers, and Chicken Fingers.
They specialize in breakfast, so if you’re jetlagged you should order an Omelet Platter with Home Fries and Toast or some Corn Beef Hash to hold you over. The coffee refills are free, so you’ll have no problem with keeping your eyes open after your red eye lands.
Pop’s Diner is located at 44-29B Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11355