Andrew Zimmern: Best Ethnic Food in the U.S.

Here, TV chef and F&W contributing editor, Andrew Zimmern, names his favorite destinations for delicious ethnic food.
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Flushing, Queens, New York

If you’re in Manhattan’s Chinatown looking for New York City’s best Chinese food, you’re in the wrong place. Sure, there are a few great restaurants here and there, but with overcrowding and sky-high rents, recent Chinese immigrants have made the move to Flushing. The number of Chinese-born Flushing residents has doubled since 1990, and those residents have become more geographically diverse (meaning you’ll find more than fried rice and kung pao chicken on the menu). Restaurants and food courts in this neighborhood often feel thousands of miles away from Manhattan, serving meals Americans wouldn’t typically associate with Chinese food, and not speaking a lick of English. Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan is on my short list in this new Chinatown. Plan on ordering a variety of dishes to share with the table. My favorites: Cucumbers with scallion sauce and the dan dan noodles. Biang! (the latest from Jason Wang of Xi’an Famous Foods) is another great option in the heart of Flushing. The sit-down restaurant has a better atmosphere than his other outposts, but the food still packs a punch with stellar dishes such as cumin-spiced lamb with longhorn peppers served over hand-ripped noodles.

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