Thursday, June 19, 2008

New York City: King 5 Noodle, William Greenberg Jr. Desserts

The heat wave thankfully broke on Wednesday, but it was still pretty warm for our trip out to Flushing. We decided that we had to have some Chinese food in Flushing, so we took the 7 train from end-to-end.

To start, the view from our hotel room:

The obligatory shot of Times Square, just before we arrived at the subway station:

On Chowhound, I read that King 5 Noodle has a good Taiwanese breakfast.

It's been ages since I've had a proper Taiwanese breakfast of fried crullers (
you tiao), sweet soy milk, and these lovely bundles of rice (fan tuan) filled with dried shredded pork, the aforementioned cruller, and little pieces of pickles.

And the cruller:

In addition, D. had a bowl of
niu rou mien or beef noodle soup. J.L. and I ordered scallion pancakes on top of the breakfast feast.

We were too stuffed to eat any more, which proved to be a tactical error. On Chowhound, there is a revered food court at 41-28 Main Street. For one thing, I didn't realize the food court was in the basement. The other thing was that it was tiny. I don't know why, but I expected something more expansive. Imagine a short and low-ceilinged hallway lined with 8 food stalls. We were way too full to stop for food, but it was a shame we didn't. The last stall we saw had a woman rolling out dough for dumpling wrappers.

Yum... that's definitely a stop the next time we're in New York.

Heading back to Manhattan, we decided to visit Central Park and stopped at William Greenberg Jr. Desserts for black-and-white cookies. Wow, these were the best b-n-w cookies I'd ever had. The cookie was moist and almost cakey, topped with a rich chocolate and sweet white icing. I was in heaven. D. had the delightful idea of buying two cookies and saving one for our flight from Philly to Pittsburgh, which was a great way to extend the fabulousness that was this cookie.

After walking through the park, we headed to Penn Station to catch our bus back to Philly.

Next up: One of our best meals in Philly.

King 5 Noodle
3907 Prince St., Suite 1G
Flushing, NY 11354

William Greenberg Jr. Desserts
1100 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10028

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Anonymous said...

I heard about his place too on Chowhound while searching for more info about Taiwanese food. So lucky that it's in your neighborhood. We'd have to travel across the country to try it. Bummer. Thanks for sharing!

Meandering Eats said...

Oh, no, I flew across the country, too (based in San Diego). We were visiting a friend in Philly and wanted to take a day trip to NYC. I'd have to say, though, there's a place in San Gabriel Valley (I can give you directions, but I forget the name) that does it better than King 5, so you're not that far away. :)

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