The time was finally right for The Chinese Quest to review New Fu Run in Great Neck, NY. It has now been over a year since their Grand Opening, and the restaurant has surely caught on as it attracts more and more diners who appreciate fine Chinese food to try their cuisine from the Dong Bei Province of China.
Unfortunately, Mee Young Joo wasn’t able to attend this evening as he was away on business. He’s eaten at New Fu Run on numerous occasions and I’m sure he will add his thoughts in the comments section below, as you are welcomed, and encouraged, to do as well.
Different than their sister restaurant in Flushing, Fu Run Dong Bei, New Fu Run is tastefully decorated and fits right in on the upscale Gold Coast befitting the Gatsby’s and occasionally The Chinese Quest (though we can handle low brow with as much aplomb as we can high brow).
Spring has taken its sweet time coming to the tri-state area, so on the chilly evening that we dined, we wanted to start off with a nice warm dish. We left all the ordering to Owner Tina Zhang, and she started us off with:
Chicken with Mushrooms and Vermicelli – Served over flames to keep the soup warm, the broth was rich with flavor. The chicken was tasty. Watch out for the bones, though I didn’t have any in my bowl. Altogether, this could have been a whole meal! This dish is highly recommended as is enough for four to six people.
Next, we had one of their signature dishes:
Cumin Lamb – In Flushing it was called Muslim Lamb and was Lamb on ribs. Here, it was on a leg shank and was sliced up nicely by the chef. This was a spectacular dish. If Mee Gonzi Bao had his way he could have, and I am sure he would have eaten the entire dish by himself. I managed to make sure though that I got my fair share. For dietary reasons Mee V. Stoogas opted out of this dish, and for gastro-intestinal issues, Mee Tsu Yan limited his intake. If his stomach was up to this dish, we might have had to place a second order.
Next up were two choices that were certain to satisfy all of our palates:
Young Chow Fried Rice – Though the basic ingredients of Young Chow Fried Rice are similar from Chinese restaurant to Chinese restaurant, I find that one of the great differentiators is the Shrimp. The Shrimp that came with this dish could have easily stood on its own as a protein in any entree.
Sauteed Green Beans with Minced Pork – Just another fantastic Chinese vegetable dish! The amount of minced pork was just the right amount, the flavor spot on. If anyone of us blinked, we would have missed out on a portion of these green beans. This dish disappeared quickly!
Finally, we had two sweet dishes to complete our dinner:
Crispy Shrimp – I LOVED it! The shrimp was fantastic. Just a little crispy, but very moist, flavorful, and sweet. This could have been a dessert dish!
Sweet Potatoes with Corn Puffs Drizzled in Honey – A dessert dish compliments of Tina. We have never really had a Chinese dessert that we just absolutely loved, but this came close to achieving that goal! The honeyed Corn Puffs were a little too sweet, but in moderation completed a great desert along with the sweet potatoes.
There has always been a lot of restaurants turn over in Great Neck, but New Fu Run is showing their staying power by offering a solid meal of authentic Chinese cuisine. If you haven’t tried their sister restaurant, Fu Run in Flushing, and you don’t want to fight traffic in downtown Flushing, come to New Fu Run at 50 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, New York 11021. There’s plenty of metered parking (free after 6:00 pm) behind the restaurant. And on your way out, you can cool off with a quick dip in the pool.
And now for our rating:
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–Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)