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Panda Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar: More than just great food


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy Panda Asian Bistro

Among a plethora of chain restaurants, fast food joints, small eateries and convenience stores, there’s a new player on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park that is looking to change the game.

Panda Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, which opened roughly six months ago, boasts a fusion of oriental specialties, and owners are considering expanding it as an entertainment venue.

“On Queens Boulevard, there are not many things you could do after night [fall],” co-founder Sam Cheng said. “We are trying to change it into an entertainment place rather than just pure restaurant. That’s the goal.”

The first floor of the restaurant has black and white striped walls and red bamboo sprinkled around near the windows. Every Friday night the eatery features a performer who does magic tricks.
Cheng said since it has been well received by patrons, they are considering expanding the performances.

A 1,200-square-foot, 80-seat party room for private events is located on the second floor of the restaurant. Cheng, who grew up in nearby Elmhurst, also said they are experimenting with turning the second floor into a lounge with live music.

Besides the entertainment value of Panda, the food is worth looking forward to. The eatery boasts a range of Asian specialties, including Chinese, Thai and Japanese food.

Appetizers are a mix of favorites such as gyoza dumplings, crispy duck rolls and Thai herbs calamari with an original spicy duck sauce.

Entrees, such as tender General Tso’s chicken and yaki udon, grace a wide menu, which includes many vegetarian choices as well.

Cheng said the sushi fish is bought from Japanese vendors, and rolled by a Japanese chef. There are plenty to choose from, including Yellowtail, ikura (salmon), ebi (shrimp), and maguro (tuna).

And so customers can fully enjoy the selection, Panda offers all-you-can-eat sushi every day for $19.95 on weekdays and $21.95 on weekends.
On top of the entertainment value and wide selection of dishes, customers should know that meals at Panda are free, if it’s your birthday.

Panda Asian Bistro
95-25 Queens Blvd., Rego Park
718-896-8811
Hours: Sunday –Thursday 11:00 am- 10:30 p.m.
Friday& Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Credit card: yes
Delivery: yes

 

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Danny’s Szechuan Garden will be back soon


| mchan@queenscourier.com


Howard Beach hot spot — Danny’s Szechuan Garden — will be back in business soon.

The popular Chinese and Japanese fusion restaurant temporarily closed at the end of June this year to relocate and is scheduled to reopen before December.

But fans of the cuisine won’t have to travel much further than usual to get their dosage of fried wontons and hibachi. Danny’s is just moving up the street, to 156-40B Cross Bay Boulevard, a few blocks away from where the former restaurant stood for 33 years.

“It’s very exciting. It’s a new challenge,” said owner Danny Chan, 64.

Chan, a Howard Beach resident himself, hopes the new location will bring him more business, while continuing to keep his old friends and customers happy.

“It’s a better location. My old place was really big and I didn’t get to fully use it. There’s more traffic up the street. It’s a smaller place now and it’s easier to manage,” he said.

He also said he’s been getting a fair share of text messages from loyal customers asking when the restaurant will be open again.

“I’ve been here a long time, so I know a lot of good people and friends here. They’re happy that I’m going to reopen. I’m happy because apparently we did something right.”

With the new location, Chan said there will be a few changes, including a lunch menu and some innovative dishes.

But he said, “It’s a surprise. They have to come here to find out how good the new dishes are.”