ㅠ_ㅠ Biang! recently closed in Flushing, which is a personal culinary tragedy since it was one of my favorite restaurants. I’m a big fan of salty/spicy/sour taste profiles (give me anything cured, fermented, preserved [drooling emoji]) and Biang! had all of it. When I stopped by in December, it was no more! :(
Actually…. the truth is that Biang! has moved to a new location in the city at 157 Second Avenue and while I lament the loss in my neighborhood, I’m excited to be be able to take my non-Queens friends for a bite without having them travel to an outer borough. I’m bummed that I won’t get to take my parents (who’ve wanted to try it for a while & not into traveling to the city), but I understand it from a business standpoint – why not move the restaurant that has a lways targeted a younger crowd to an area where there IS a younger crowd? Either way, I hope they do well and open up shop again in Flushing!
If you get a chance to try it, definitely DEFINITELY order the Fiddlehead Fern salad – alternatively, the above photographed cucumber salad isn’t bad either – the Chang’an Spicy Soft Tofu appetizer and the Stewed Oxtail Biang-biang Noodles with soup, and lots and lots of skewers! The Quail Eggs On Sausage & Toasted Mantou Slices is one of their big hits, but it wasn’t that impressive. The menu also has a very cool Sour Hawberry (Hawthorn) tea which is so refreshing & really cuts through the spice~
Post what I didn’t know to be my last Biang! meal, Victoria and I stopped by Mango Mango for a late night dessert. Mango Mango had been open for a few weeks and as a lover of mangoes, it was a SHAME that I hadn’t already eaten everything on the menu.
What a cute shop!!! For a dessert shop, their menu is packed and it’ll take you a good 10 minutes to look through and order. I love the inclusion of classic Chinese sweets like Black Sesame sweet soup, which you can’t really get anywhere other than a box mix. I really enjoyed my Mango Sundae although I think in retrospect it was A LOT OF MANGO. Mango’s my favorite fruit, but I probably could have substituted some other flavors.
In my second trip, I shared a crepe & a mango platter with Yaling and wow that platter takes the trophy. It was so refreshing and unique! I’ve tried multiple times to get a slice of the Mango Mille Crepe, but it always seems to be sold out – that’ll be my next challenge~
157 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Mango Mango (Flushing)
133-35 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11354