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Imperial Palace

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136-13 37th Ave., Queens, NY 11354 40.76168 -73.830588
nr. Main St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-939-3501 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Seafood
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Hours

Daily, noon-11:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at Flushing-Main St.

Prices

$7.50-$35

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Family Style

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Located on a dreary Flushing block adjacent to acres of municipal parking lots, Imperial Palace sports the hallmarks of any other Chinese restaurant: fish tank, crystal chandeliers, ceiling tiles, and salmon-colored banquet chairs. The Joe’s Shanghai–grade mob scene at the hostess stand is one tip that exceptional food flows from the kitchen. By seven, the dining room is packed with families of six and eight swiveling their lazy Susans to reach for crackly segments of fried chicken or fleshy sable served sizzling on a cast-iron pan. The seafood-heavy menu is overwhelming; particularly since there’s hardly a dud among the scores of choices. Elephantine pacific oysters steamed with a bright splash of black-bean sauce are just smaller than a dinner plate. The main event is a Dungeness crab in a bamboo steamer filled with sticky rice and chopped scallion. One bite of the dreamy, succulent meat makes the trip out on the 7 train worth it.

Recommended Dishes

Steamed pacific oyster, $3.50; sizzling sable fish with black bean sauce, $17.99; Dungeness crab with sticky rice; $32

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