If you’re looking for a new place in Flushing to tickle your taste buds and have already exhausted the countless halal stands, duck wrap vendors and crab rice joints, the basement level food court in the neon-emblazoned New World Mall is now open for business. Shinobi and I made our way down there last weekend to scope it out and were pretty impressed at the variety of stalls and kinds of foods offered. Unlike some of the more dusty and decrepit multi-booth eateries in Queens, the lower level of the New World Mall is lively, bustling with activity and reminds me more of the Japanese food courts they have in Tokyo or here in Kyushu. Read on to see pics of some of the yummiest looking stalls and a quick review of the hand-pulled noodle shop we tried there.
New World Mall Food Court Review: Lan Zhou Hand Pulled Noodle Stand
Rated on a scale of 1-5 (5=stellar and 1=awful)
Price: $ (cheap)
Creativity/Entertainment Factor: 4.5
After standing in line for about 15 minutes (this place is popular), we ordered the duck hand pulled noodles only to find that they were out of them. Our second choice was the beef hand pulled noodles, and after waiting about 15 more minutes for them, we realized that the lady at the register probably forgot to put in our order. She apologized and we only waited a few more minutes after that, all the while trying to be entertained by the professional puller who deftly stretched our noodles to perfection, but the whole encounter left a bit of a bad taste in our mouths. Luckily, the fresh noodles, tasty broth and mediocre beef (little chewy for our taste), negated that a bit but we really think they ought to up their customer service a bit (although we admit that polite/attentive service really isn’t the Flushing way).
Nevertheless, the noodles had a lovely mouthfeel and tooth to them, so we’ll be trying this place out again (they better have the duck next time).