It seems that almost every other day I am heading into the city for an event, shopping or just to hang out with friends. And when I mean the city I mean Manhattan, its a name my fellow outer borough people and I call it, even though we live in Queens which IS the city. But recently I finally got some friends to take that long 7-train line into my part of the city, Flushing. Granted I had the help of one of my friends and fellow resident Tessa to encourage them over here. I guess the idea of eating yummy food enticed them too.
If you don't know about Flushing well I'm going to give you a history lesson. Flushing gets its name from a town in Amsterdam called Vlissingen and it the name was kept even after New Amsterdam was renamed New York by the English. The town of Flushing was founded in 1645 as a Dutch Settlement and even has its original meeting house that was built in 1661 making it one of the oldest meeting houses in the US still standing. Flushing has been visited and lived in by many famous personas like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Luis A. Lattimer (inventor of the lightbulb filament), The Steinway (pianos) family, and The Heinz (ketchup) family to name a few.
Flushing currently is also known as the largest China town in NYC and the second largest outside of China with its mostly Korean and Chinese inhabitants. The fact that the Asian population in Flushing is so large, there are many different options for dining here. From Korean to Vietnamese to Chinese to Indian specialties and so much in between to choose, you can spend months checking out the establishments and still not hitting all of them. But out of all of them Korean BBQ joints stand out, in fact if I look out the back of my apartment I can see 2 of them practically in my back yard.
grilling in the middle of the table
But recently I traveled about 1 mile from my house to one I have never been to with the girls that was an all you can eat. Picnic Garden is like any other Korean BBQ's offer meats of all flavors as well as vegetables that you get to grill on your own grill in the middle of your table. From pork to chicken to lamb and beef all marinated different ways can satisfy any tastebud. For those who don't have the cooking skills to know when your meat is done I don't recommend going alone to a all you can eat joint, choose a place that cooks the servings for you and you will get the same enjoyment.
pork (pigs foot) with a Korean pancake on my plate
assorted meats on the grill
|Jacyln, Angela, me, Stephanie, Tessa and Chris|
There is so much about Flushing that I could list, but you can come to Flushing and see it for yourself. It is only a 40 min train ride from Manhattan and believe me there are plenty of things to see and do here besides eating, I promise you'll enjoy yourself.