King Yum Tiki Bar and Chinese Restaurant in Flushing

Posted on November 13, 2008. Filed under: Chinese, Flushing/Corona, Off the beaten path |

 

p1010022 King Yum 181-08 Union Turnpike Flushing, Queens 11366 718-380-1918 E train to Union Turnpike- then bus to 108th Street) You won’t find fire eaters or contortionists at this place, but you will find loads of fun, food and history. Nestled into a lackluster strip mall in the middle of suburban Queens is one of the oldest living tiki bars in New York. Established in 1953,  this bamboo and pineapple wonder ain’t going nowhere. Stuck in the era in which is was built, King Yum impresses all with its tacky decor and extensive “Chinese/Hawaiin” menu. The bamboo bar, hanging ceiling ornaments and carved wooden tiki statues greatly compliment the food you will receive when dining here. They both consist of lively lavish displays that aren’t meant to be taken too seriously. The pineapple and cherry chicken, one of the many King Yum special entrees consists of a fried, gooey plate of fried chicken with the sugary fruits toppling over the rim of your plate. Not for the health conscious. The honey garlic chicken is a tasty delight of the sweet and savory kind with tender fried pieces of chicken smothered in honey sauce. The shrimp with ginger and scallions is a healthier fare- with fresh seafood that isn’t put through the deep frier. Whatever you order- whether it’s from the hunan, szechuan, cantonese or hawaiian influences, the food ranges from mediocre to “amazing”- according to one of my dining companions. The dishes are hearty and full of taste, but don’t over impress with the preparation and ingredients. There are also a wide selection of affordable specialty cocktails like the King Yum Special made with rum and pineapple juice (pictured below)– that at a couple of sips will have every bite tasting that much better. The Lover’s Gold Cup and Aloha Delight are just a few of your choices on the tiki inspired drink menu. King Yum’s location may be out of the way for some but is definitely worth the trip. From the minute you walk into this place it is overflowing with charm and character- great to sit at the bar on a cold winter night and imagine you are somewhere on a far off island listening to the waves crash or bring some friends and grab seat in the classically styled dining room. Whatever the case- your life in Queens will improve drastically once you have been to King Yum.  

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