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King Yum

181-08 Union Tnpk., Queens, NY 11366 40.727128 -73.787223
nr. 181st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-380-1918 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price Range: $$

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    6 out of 10

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Official Website

kingyumrestaurant.com

Hours

Sun-Thu, noon-9:30pm; Fri, noon-midnight; Sat, noon-11:30pm

Prices

$11.95-$30.95

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Classic NY
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Kids' Menu
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Family Style
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

To New Yorkers of a certain age, King Yum doesn’t seem exceptional. They remember the classic era of Cantonese-American restaurants, when Chinese dining meant sitting surrounded by bamboo, eating fluorescent-red spare ribs, and drinking mai tais garnished by little umbrellas. Times may have changed but not here. Loud, bright, and busy, this once-commonplace restaurant has become a Tiki totem-ed relic of a bygone era as it continues to turn out showy cocktails and deliciously greasy appetizers circa 1953, the year of its founding. The food is no better than anyone remembers it, but it’s still sticky-sweet, filling, and most appetizing when illuminated by a blue butane flame like the one that lights up the pupu platter. Karaoke nights on Fridays are especially euphoric as area teens—intoxicated by chow mein—belt out the hits while their elders pick at maraschino cherries and shrimp toast. This is time-traveling at its foodiest.

Recommended Dishes

Pupu platter for two, $25.95; tabu for two, $10.50; wonton soup, $2.75

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