With Flushing being Queen’s Chinatown, there’s no shortage of dim sum restaurants to try.
If you’re used to the cuisine or have stared at enough pictures of it, you’ll occasionally develop a craving that only the right dim sum can satisfy.
When you finally cave, like I often do, it can be quite overwhelming to decide where exactly to go to satisfy this craving.
Should you simply choose the one closest to you? or the one with the cheapest price?
I’ve been in your shoes before and it wasn’t pretty. So, I thought I’d make this list to help you out.
In my listing, I’ll let you know the kind of experience to expect, the kind of dim sum to enjoy, and why the restaurant makes it into my top 10.
If you’re looking for experiences beyond just the dim sum in your mouth, here are 10 restaurants with the best dim sum in Flushing.
1. Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant
Address: 133-30 39th Ave. Flushing, NY 11354
I used to wonder why the Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant always had so much traffic. With all the dim sum restaurants in Flushing, there’s enough to go around; right? Until I experienced it myself and it made sense.
They’ve created an authentic Cantonese experience that sends you straight to China. This gives it a spot on my list.
There are aunties frequently going around with pushcarts containing a variety of dim sum and other Cantonese cuisines. Regardless of your tastes, there’s something there for everyone.
Their traditional dim sum pushcarts offer varieties such as steamed shrimp dumplings, pork soup dumplings, steamed spare ribs with garlic, pan-fried turnip cake, deep-fried shrimp roll and so much more.
From Chinese immigrant families to tourists from out of town, there are also a variety of people you can expect to find there. And if you don’t enjoy being among the crowd like I do, you can opt for their private dining option.
The restaurant allows reservations and also offers take-out services so you don’t have to miss out even if you’re not first in line. You could opt for outdoor dining if that’s your preference.
2. Dim Sum Garden
Address: 13505 40th Rd Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: (917) 207-6061
I would recommend the Dim Sum Garden restaurant if you’re new to Cantonese cuisine. Though they may not incorporate traditional pushcarts, the picture menu would be less daunting for your first time. And you get to eat your dim sum when it’s freshly hot.
The restaurant provides beautiful and creative presentations of their dishes to go with their modern theme. This secures it a spot on my top 10 list.
Their signature dish is the steamed egg custard bun made with organic activated charcoal powder.
Other dishes I would recommend are the shumai (pork, shrimp, and mushroom), Truffle mushroom dumplings, Shanghai soup dumplings, and steamed barbecue pork buns.
The restaurant has a small interior. It would be a nice spot to hang out with a few friends. Although, it can get quite busy on the weekends.
They have a take-out option if that’s more of your style but be prepared to wait a while as they get a lot of traffic on their apps too.
If you do decide to dine in, you can try stopping by on a weekday, preferably in the morning. Don’t forget your cash, because it’s cash only.
3. Shanghai You Garden
Address: 135-33 40th Road, Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: (718) 886-2286
One of my favorite things about Shanghai You Garden (asides from their dim sum) is just how conveniently located it is. It’s very close to the flushing 7 train station making it easily accessible if that station is part of your daily commute.
If you choose to dine indoors, you’ll enjoy a cozy, more intimate setting. It’s suitable for taking a breather during your fast-paced day or unwinding after work.
I know Shanghai You Garden for their dim sum specialty – Xiao Long Bao (Shanghainese soup dumplings). Their soup-filled buns come with three beautifully colored dumplings – Pink, green, and Orange.
The pink dumpling contains shrimp and pork; covered with sweet potato/ yam skin.
The green dumpling contains shrimp, pork, and squash; wrapped in a squash skin.
And the orange dumpling contains crab meat and pork; wrapped in pumpkin skin.
While their xiao long bao specialty may not be vegetarian, there are many other vegetarian options available. Another unique addition is their frozen dim sums. You can order them to go or order them from home.
Either way, you can experience Shanghai You Garden’s finest right from the comfort of your home.
4. Crown One
Address: 34-20 Linden Place, Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718-779-0578 / 718-799-0568
The Crown one is easily my go-to place for fancy dim sum dining in flushing. The restaurant is very large and just like the name implies, very royal looking.
It’s a bit far from the 7-train station so I’d suggest taking an uber or a bus if you don’t drive. Aside from the main attraction being the beautiful hall and clean ambiance, they boast a menu targeted to a more modern customer’s taste.
I’d recommend trying out their crystal shrimp dumplings, shrimp rice noodle rolls, and scallop dumplings. They have a pre-order option so you don’t need to worry if you’re taking a while to get there.
The Crown One is also a suitable place to hold events like birthday dinners or wedding receptions. You can even customize the decorations to your taste.
And if you don’t want to be out in the open, they have a private room option as well.
5. New Lake Pavilion
Address: 6015 Main St Flushing, NY 11355
Phone: (718) 886-6693
New lake pavilion is another go-to restaurant for an authentic and classic Cantonese experience.
It’s complete with the large dining hall, round table, pushy aunties working the pushcarts, and lots of noise. They’re also conveniently located right next to the highway.
You can count on New Lake Pavilion to give you classic dim sum like hargow, shumai, chicken feet, and so on. P.S. If you see the pineapple bun with egg yolk filling, make sure you get a piece of that!
Unsurprisingly, this restaurant attracts a lot of customers so you might want to try getting there early for better service.
I was surprised to find out that their take-out service starts as early as 7:30 so they are a good option for breakfast. They also offer private room dining ($300 minimum) and Valet parking ($3). This feature earns it a spot on my list.
6. New Mulan Seafood Restaurant
Address: 136-17 39th Ave Fl 2 Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: (718) 886-8526
New Mulan Seafood Restaurant is an underrated hotspot for classic dumplings. They have a lot to choose from. But I have a soft spot for their hello kitty yellow running custard boa. They’re so cute! and delicious too.
I think kids would especially enjoy how animated they are. A must-try, if you have kids. You can also try out their pineapple roast pork bun, shumai, spare ribs, turnip cakes, and shrimp egg rolls.
It’s a less busy restaurant and its banquet-type hall is also suitable for family gatherings, receptions, or formal events.
7. Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
Address: 39-16 Prince Street #104 Flushing NY 11354
Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao claims to hold the title of the city’s best soup dumpling. With an impressive Michelin-recommendation for Shanghainese food for 9 consecutive years; It’s one of the most recommended restaurants in Flushing, Queens.
They have up to 9 varieties of flavors of Xiao Long Bao, including truffle, abalone, and scallop; with their signature dish being the Black Truffle Xiao Long Bao. Vegetarians are not left out of their dumpling goodness.
They have Vegetable Dumplings, Red Bean Puff & Tofu Pudding as part of their vegetarian options.
Compared to a lot of dim sum restaurants, I would say they have pretty fast service. They also have well-spaced out sitting arrangements.
But if those features don’t do it for you, you can download the Nan Xiang app and even earn reward points for every order or referral.
8. Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao
Address: 59-16 Main St Flushing, NY 11355
Phone: (718) 661-2882
As the name suggests, the Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao is another Xiao Long Bao hot spot. It is located on the more peaceful side of Main Street, with a bunch of other restaurants.
I found it to be a simple restaurant with relatively fast and efficient service and an overall nice atmosphere. I would say it’s probably Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao’s biggest competition since they both seem to major in xiao long bao (soup dumplings).
Where Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao has their competition beat, is in their paper-thin dumpling wrappers and their unique banana Nutella soup dumplings.
Their soup dumplings are delicious with my personal favorite being their signature Kung fu xiao long bao. My other recommendations are the classic pork xiao long bao, scallion pancakes, dan dan noodles, and the loofah xiao long bao.
They also have two igloo-like pods outside for seating, each with 4 seats. I was pretty curious about them when I first saw them. They’re nice for outside dining. It’s a cash-only restaurant as well and there’s street parking available.
9. Joe’s Steam Rice Roll
Address: 136-21 Roosevelt Ave Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: (646) 203-7380
Joe’s Steam Rice Roll is a small, narrow, food court located in the heart of Flushing, really close to the Flushing 7 train station. Compared to the large restaurants on this list, it doesn’t seem like much from the outside.
You can completely miss the opening if you’re not paying attention… I would know.
So, what does Joe’s Steam Rice Roll have to offer besides our other dim sum giants? Their amazing steamed rice rolls.
Though they may be a physically small establishment, their consistent quality of chewy, soft, and tasty rice rolls puts them side by side with larger establishments.
The staff makes your order right before your eyes and you get to choose which fillings you want including 3 different vegetable options.
How you choose to combine fillings can either make or mar your experience but for starters, I would recommend Joe’s signature rice roll. The fillings include beef, sausage, shrimp, eggs, pork, and 3 vegetables.
You can also try the shrimp steamed rice roll and the barbecued pork steamed rice roll. This option is one of the cheapest on the list but is also the least likely to find a seat.
With very limited seating, I’d advise you to order it to go. You can even call ahead to pre-order but that would mean missing out on having it prepared in front of you.
10. Royal Queen Restaurant
Address: 136-20 Roosevelt Ave 3F Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: (718) 358-3388
Last, but by no means least on my list, is the Royal Queen Restaurant located on the top floor of the New World Building. In a list containing quite a few big restaurants, this entry claims to be the biggest.
I think the restaurant should end my top 10 list as it seems to have some elements from all the other restaurants combined. It boasts an impressive variety of over 300 types of dim sum.
It incorporates the traditional pushcarts manned by aunties while also attempting modern takes on some of its classic dishes.
It’s known for almost no wait before seating and is even close to the Flushing 7 train station. It has a picture menu with English and private room options. This restaurant is what I would describe as a jack of all trades but master of none.
This makes it the safest option on my list. If you decide to give it a try, I’d recommend the pork buns and shrimp dumplings.
So, what did you think of my list? I hope you’re in a better position to pick a restaurant based on the experience you want to have.
Have you been to any of these restaurants before? If you have, let me know what your experience was like in the comment section. If you have any new recommendations for me, I’d be happy to check them out!
Make sure to share this with someone you know is craving dim sum in Flushing.