Trying to turn Flushing into a culinary destination of choice, the downtown Business Improvement District held its first food festival Friday at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel.
Flushing BID Executive Director Dian Yu told the invited guests that the smorgasbord of food being offered was just a small sampling of what’s available in the downtown area. Most of the participating restaurants offered various styles of Chinese cuisine, although there were a few samplings of Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean goodies.
The by-invitation-only event brought community leaders, elected officials and food tour guide entrepreneurs to the hotel’s ballroom. The large space allowed for easy access to the food.
There were Vietnamese sandwiches from Pho Hoang, curried tofu from Bitgoul Tofu & BBQ, sushi from Yummy Sushi House, cold eggs from Taiwan 101, Peking duck from Corner 28 and Chinese pancakes, shrimp summer spring rolls, coconut-curried seafood and rice and lots more from other eateries.
Dessert selections were provided by the Tai Pan Bakery on Main Street.
Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) noted that Flushing has hundreds of restaurants and encouraged the public to eat there. “It’s a true destination,” Koo said.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) said “the secret is out, Flushing has great restaurants.” Stavisky added that when the U.S. Open comes to Flushing Meadows Park later this month, “there’s no reason for people to spend $100 for a meal. Come to Flushing.”
City Comptroller John Liu, who lives in Flushing and previously represented the area as a city councilman, also attended. Liu said he’s been promoting the area’s restaurants for years. He didn’t have to be told twice to try some of the selections.