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Hitting the Superfecta in Little Neck
It takes four things to perfectly align to hit a Superfecta. And on this Erev Christmas Eve we hit all four ALL on one block in Little Neck! Our Quest this evening took us to Pine Court Chinese Bistro, which by the name doesn’t at all appear to be an authentic Chinese restaurant. Such an American name. SUCH an authentic Chinese restaurant! If we hadn’t seen this place with our own eyes the last time we were on that block we never would have considered that Chinese restaurant to be Quest-worthy. But, not only that, we started the night a few doors down at TJK Cafe (which by the way stands for Three Jewish Koreans!) for Happy Hour as the Mee’s gathered for their Quest. Then dinner at Pine Court Chinese Bistro. Having no liquor license they told us to go to the supermarket for beer. But, there was a Wine store half way between the restaurant and TJK Cafe, so we picked up a bottle of Pinot Grigio. Of course, after dinner we had to have our ice cream at Carvel, which just happened to be on the corner of that very same block. Park once; Four “courses”! A Superfecta! YUM!
249-32 Horace Harding Expressway
Little Neck, NY 11362
Unfortunately, Mee V. Stoogas was a late scratch, as the cough he’s been harboring would cut him no slack this evening, and he feared getting the other Mee’s sick. Feel better V. Stoogas! You missed a grand time, a wonderful meal, and enough laughter and friendship to last us the rest of the year. Unfortunately for you, the food was so good there were no leftovers. So sorry!
Pine Court Chinese Bistro seems to have quite a devoted following. We met a few people there who had dined there a few times. And now we know why. In fact, we trusted Charlene so much, we left the ordering completely to her. She was there with her husband and entire family, and they couldn’t have been a nicer group. Thank you Charlene for ordering us a spectacular and sumptuous meal!!
We started with two appetizers, Shrimp Dumplings and Pork Dumplings. Though they didn’t come with any “special” sauce, we enjoyed them with Soy Sauce, and they were fabulous. We ordered a third appetizer, Roast Duckling, but apparently the duck flew the coop, so we didn’t get a chance to try this dish.
Charlene ordered us five entrees:
House Specialty T-Bone Steak – This was predominantly a fried steak. Perhaps the slightest bit overcooked. But, when dunked in its own gravy it was out of this world!
Lobster with Ginger and Scallion – A smallish lobster that was cut in to pieces. The ginger and scallion were oh so yummy! More please!
Sauteed Chicken Szechuan Style – This was the spiciest dish that we had. The HOT red peppers out numbered the chicken easily five to one (good odds by the way to increase the Superfecta payoff!). The chicken was yummy. We definitely wanted more!
Though the portions tended to be on the small size, there was just enough I would say for us all to be completely sated. And with bated breath we waited for the check. And waited. And waited a little bit longer. For what we ordered, I’d say our bill was extremely reasonable.
The dessert was freshly sliced oranges. Very nice! No fortune cookies or ice cream for us (As we all know, the Chinese don’t do dessert well, so hence the trip to Carvel), but all in all I enjoyed this meal very much.
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)