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Elegant Chinese dining


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It is a busy block as Northern Boulevard goes into Great Neck from Little Neck. It has been totally reborn
literally from top to bottom with new management, and it’s terrific dining.

The new restaurant is called Moonstone. Its name is taken from the stone and the good luck that a new moon brings. Here they are making their good fortune by providing a beautiful setting, excellent food and friendly professional service.

The rich woods and custom-made wall tiles on the curved ceiling of the bar, warm colors and pink lighting all add to the quality of the setting.

I like the linen tablecloths and napkins that add to the elegance of the environment.

I took friends Tracey and Seth Kupferberg to join me because I know they relish Chinese food since Seth’s office is in the heart of Flushing and he always dines there.

We began our meal with crabmeat and sweet corn soup. It was loaded with crabmeat in a rich broth. I tried my favorite vegetarian hot and sour soup and it was rich with tofu and spiced perfectly.

Then we had the chef’s steamed dim sum platter filled with crystal dumplings, pork Shu Mai, vegetarian dumplings, chicken and shrimp dumplings for only $10! It was perfect for sharing as were the rich and meaty imperial beef short ribs. Something different was the steamed Chilean sea bass roll presented in cabbage with ginger and an egg white. Delicious!

There is a large selection of appetizers from $2 and multiple dim sum choices. I love how the menu calls the meats “from the land” and the chicken and duck dishes “from the sky” and the long list of fish “from the sea.” You get the idea.

All are reasonably priced and offer abundant portions.

I enjoyed my favorite fish, their whole steamed branzino, but they also have red snapper and North Carolina black bass served whole and filleted at the table. There are remarkable green, white, black and red prawns done in unique sauces.

There is the traditional General Tso’s chicken done in a tasty sauce but also an unusual Sanpei chicken clay pot with Chinese sausage and cloud ear mushrooms. A must try!

They are open for lunch and offer a diverse three-course meal for only $15 including many choices of soups, main courses and desserts.

Whether for lunch or dinner you will be impressed with the food and as a bonus there is a handsome bar for drinks or dining casually.

Moonstone is open seven days a week, offers takeout and free delivery, and is handicap accessible.

Moonstone
14 Northern Blvd., Great Neck
516-500-1000

Lotus Pad: Well-known dishes and traditional fare


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Lotus Pad, owned and operated by Charles Cheng, is much more than your typical Chinese restaurant.

Far from mundane, this establishment offers a handful of signature, authentic dishes aimed to please the Asian community by reminding them of their deep roots and culinary foundation. Cheng has been sharing his love of food at Lotus Pad for over a year, and owns a handful of establishments throughout the other boroughs as well. He prides himself on family, a sincere passion for food and a genuine work ethic.

My guest and I began our meal with bubble tea, offered in a surplus of flavors. Almond and mango are just two on the list, but both are refreshing.

The menu presents classic dishes that Americans favor from local Chinese take-out havens, such as General Tso’s chicken, and beef and broccoli.

My guest and I decided to take the alternative route and sample the signature, authentic Asian dishes that were beyond unfamiliar. Everything from fried scallion pancakes to golden bitter melon to General Tso’s tofu – my taste buds were certainly on an unexpected journey through the authentic world of Chinese cuisine.

The world of tofu is new to me, and Lotus Pad did an excellent job of preparing it in various styles. General Tso’s tofu presented lightly-fried tofu surrounded by an aesthetic flowering of broccoli and a sea of sauce- spicy with hints of pepper and orange. Next we were presented with the basil chicken, also known as “three cups chicken,” which appears in a stew-like pot combining tender chicken with herbs.

Classic Chinese dishes also include Chinese style meatball casserole, fish casserole, golden bitter melon and squash.

The person responsible for running the show at Lotus Pad is Elaine, a pleasant, business- savvy woman who knows every dish on the menu and works with Charlie to offer customers the utmost service and most authentic experience.

Although Lotus Pad looks like your neighborhood Chinese restaurant, it is so much more. Go in and chat with Charlie about his family’s history, his love for food and constant dedication to welcoming new customers and bringing something special to the neighborhood. Lotus Pad combines a simple atmosphere with a genuine, persistent dedication to authentic cuisine.

Lotus Pad

25-25 Parsons Boulevard

Flushing, NY 11354

718-939-0925

Open seven days, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Credit Cards accepted

Private parking lot

Delivery: Yes

Take-out: Yes

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Wheelchair Accessible