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A #AtoZChallenge All good things have to start somewhere.  This is the first Article I’m publishing in the 2015 “A to Z Blogging Challenge“.  I won’t be prefacing all articles with this disclaimer, but just wanted to level set anyone who might be regular subscriber to The Chinese Quest.  Every day through the month of April 2015, excluding Sunday’s which we get off for “good behavior”, all Challenge participants will write an article with the subject corresponding the a letter in the alphabet.  Sequentially, from “A” to “Z”.  Today, being April Fools Day, err, April 1st, we start off with the first letter of the alphabet, “A”.  And today’s article will be The Chinese Quest’s “‘A’ List of Chinese Restaurants”.

These are the cream of the crop, the, umm, A Number One, Top of the Heap, Chinese restaurants that we have discovered on our Quest to find the best Chinese restaurants on Long Island and New York City.

The “A” List

A-1:  Joe’s Shanghai, Flushing, NY

This was a real authentic Chinese restaurant.  The kind we’ve been looking for.  No sugars and sweeteners to go with the tea.  No fried noodles to munch on.  No spare ribs on the menu (Heaven forbid!  What were we to do without our staple for comparative purposes??).  Joe’s Shanghai has a few different locations, including one in Chinatown, one in midtown, as well as in China and even Japan.  But, it all started at this very location in Flushing, NY.  Joe’s Shanghai is famous for Soup Dumplings!  But, that’s not all they should be known for.  We had a veritable feast of Braised Pork Shoulder, Soft Shelled Crabs, Chicken w/Hoisen Sauce, Water Spinach w/White Bean Sauce, Scallops & Prawns w/Garlic Sauce, Scallion Pancakes.  And as if SIX entrees wasn’t enough for FIVE hungry Mee’s, we ordered a SEVENTH entree, Lobster w/Fried Rice Cake.  And finally, for dessert they made us a special dish of Fried & Steamed Mini Buns w/Sweet Sauce.  YUM!

A-2: Pearl East, Manhasset, NY

Catering to the well heeled clientele of the Gold Coast of Long Island, Pearl East won’t disappoint.  It’s appetizing as much to the eye as it is to your palate.  The waitstaff was extremely attentive, and accommodating.  We were treated to a delightful banquet of Chef’s delights including Crispy Rice Paper Shrimp Roll w/ Grand Marnier Sauce, Barbequed Jumbo Shrimp served with Bok Choi, Free Range Chicken w/ Spices, Lobster in XO Sauce w/Sticky Rice, Sauteed snow pea leaves, Sea Bass w/Pinenuts, and Sea Food Rice Cake.  A meal at Pearl East will be very festive.  The perfect Chinese restaurant for any special occasion!

A-3:  Moonstone, Great Neck, NY

Moonstone, a self-proclaimed authentic Chinese restaurant, opened earlier this year at the location of the former Harvest Buffet.  We never did get to try that restaurant, but Moonstone struck a chord in the taste buds of the Mee’s.  Moonstone is the perfect marriage of glitz and good taste.  Moonstone is definitely out to attract the Gold Coast clientele with their decor and service.  And there food certainly doesn’t detract from the experience.  They have an extremely well stocked wine “cellar” which adds to your overall dining experience (and to your tab).  We enjoyed a meal of  Spare Ribs, Beijing  Duck, be prepared for a 30 minute wait for this dish, but it’s worth waiting twice as long!Red Snapper, which was perhaps the BEST piece of fish I’ve had in, maybe for ever!, Roast Pork Fried Rice, Asparagus with Lily Bulb – I don’t know what the Lily Bulb was, but the veggies were yummy!, Sangi Chicken Claypot – I don’t remember the clay pot, but the chicken I won’t soon be forgetting.  This dish was yet another winner, Yang Chow Fried Rice , Thrice Cooked Pork Tenderloin – This was not a triple… it was a home run!  Just right amount of spices… the pork was succulent.  I could have eaten this dish all night, Kowloon Rib Eye Steak – Served in a birds nest (fried taro… usually I’ve seen seafood served in the birdsnest and not steak.   The steak was excellent!), and Shrimp with Black Bean Sauce.  You will enjoy an outstanding dining experience if you take out your someone special to Moonstone!

There you have it.  Our  top three Chinese Restaurants (to date) that we would put on our exclusive “A” List.  You’ll note that these aren’t the Top 3 rated Chinese restaurants on our Official Chinese Quest Rankings of Chinese restaurants.  But, these three made the list exclusively for a combination of their outstanding food and/or outstanding dining experience.

What do you think of our list?

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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  1. I work as a PR professional, and I help one of my clients who runs a Chinese restaurant. I was glad that someone posted a list of good restaurants based on their outstanding food as well as their outstanding dining experience. I can appreciate the work that these restaurants put into delivering exceptional service, and hopefully my client can use these examples to help better his business. Thanks for sharing these!

    • Jake,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. We appreciate your very kind words. I hope you’ll check out our other reviews, and you’ll find a new Chinese restaurant or two to try. And we’d welcome your suggestions as well!

  2. Loving your theme 🙂 I think it’s really interesting seeing what everyone chose for their themes!
    Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip

  3. I’m thinking I really want to try Joe’s Shanghai. I’m all about the straight-up good taste of food without sweeteners and all that stuff. Since I don’t live anywhere near NY, I’m out of luck for now. But one day. One day…

    • Heather, I’m going to have to check out your “B” article… it’s an intriguing title!

      As for “one day, one day…” keep wishing for that Fortune Cookie. One never knows!

  4. So now I know why I can’t get good Chinese food around here–all the good restaurants are in New York.

  5. Oy vey, my Bubbeh would be so proud. I’m proud. You guys are meshugenah, in the best of ways. Your blog name and description alone have me k’velling. Or is it ferklempt? Or does one of those mean dying? I dunno, I’m just a nice Jewish California gal visiting as part of my minyan (err, minion, as those Gentiles insist on spelling it) duties. L’Chaim!

    • Oh my goodness Robyn, your comment was one of the best we’ve ever gotten. I’m plotzing!

      Next time you’re on our Coast, please let us know, and we will take you on a Chinese Quest with us!

  6. Nice. I enjoy a nice, good Chinese restaurant. Pity I live on the other side of the world from you 🙁

    • One never knows what the future may hold, does one? You can enjoy New York Chinese restaurants vicariously through us until you’re here 🙂 Thanks for stopping by JazzFeathers!

  7. Awesome list and I haven’t been to any of them. But when I get back to New York, I will have to check at least one of them out.

    • Keep checking our Reviews (Spoiler Alert: New one coming tonight as we are going out on a Quest!). Who knows, perhaps our rankings will have changed by the time you do come to New York. We sure hope so! 🙂

  8. This is informative and very nicely put together. Makes it easy for me to decide what when in NY visiting these restaurants. You have reviewed all the varieties of meat so that helps me too. I prefer chicken and fish! Just FYI 😉

    • Puru,

      Good to know! One of the Mee’s doesn’t eat red meat. Not this Mee though. And I try to occasionally write articles about healthy choices in respect to Mini Mee.

  9. Someday, when I get to New York for a visit, I will check these out. Unfortunately we don’t have any really great Chinese restaurants here in Georgia, at least not that I’ve found. We do have a few Thai and Vietnamese restaurants that are quite tasty. thankfully.

    Happy A to Z Challenge adventures!

    A Poet’s Kitchen
    Playing with Words

  10. Too bad they are all in NY! I will have to go visit them when I am there someday.
    Happy A to Z!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary – Epics from A to Z
    MopDog – 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

    • Tarkabarka,

      Thanks for stopping by The Chinese Quest… and when you do stop by New York, please let us know and perhaps we can all go out together for Chinese food! Who knows? Perhaps by then we will have found some even better Chinese restaurants than those that we have already “discovered”.

  11. What a great start to the AtoZ. Thank you for compiling a list of awesome Chinese restaurants. Bookmarking this post for future reference. Will check them out when we visit NY. Staying tuned for B.

  12. ‘A’men. Very clever Debbi!

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