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New Imperial Palace (Flushing NY)
||136-13 37th Avenue,|
Flushing, NY 11354
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Summer Volume: 2011 Issue: 18(2) page: 27 and 28
This palace is a royal find. A classic Cantonese eatery, we find it loaded with foods from many Chinese regions. Their casseroles and many other dishes say Shanghainese. Their fantastic fish says Cantonese. All other dishes, no matter their origin, are also fantastic; they do not disappoint. Spicy Salted Dungeness Crabs in Special Sauce is another find, as is their Sauteed Two Lobsters with Ginger and Scallions.
Matter of fact, every fish, conch, shrimp, lobster, scallop, squid, clam, and oyster dish here is terrific. So are their shark's fin, abalone, and sea cucumber selections. Duck and chicken dishes delight, as does Jelly Fish, Cold or Spicy. Their Cold Cut Platter is perfectly arranged and plentiful, and the Pan Fried Flounder so crisp one can devour its bones; and we do!
Dishes here with black bean sauce are exceptional. Sauteed Clams with Black Bean Sauce are finger-licking luscious, and Sizzling Sable Fish with Black Bean Sauce equally good. When visiting this palace, do order one or more vegetable dishes. Every emperor loves great greens and you will love theirs. Try Snow Pea Leaves with Triple Eggs, they are our favorite.
One lunch, we ordered Sliced Chow Fun (dry). At another one, we splurged and have a Chef's House Special Lamb Chop. Both are yummy! In this temple of outstanding Cantonese dishes, only one disappoints. It is the one touted in the New York Times. It's shrimp between layers of chicken skin is both oily and ordinary. Instead, order Seafood Eggplant in Spicy Sauce or the Braised Sable Fish. Both will swim into your heart and be good for it, too.