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Legend of Taste

2002 Utopia Pkwy., Queens, NY 11357 40.779595 -73.794179
at 20th Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-423-4888 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Mon-Thu, 11am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10:30pm; Sun, 11am-9:30pm



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Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Delivery after 10pm
  • Reservations Not Required



Beyond Astoria, the northernmost reaches of Queens are out of the way for most New Yorkers. But the area is home to a small if growing mala belt that offers some of the city’s finest Sichuan restaurants. One of these restaurants is Legend of Taste, which occupies a squat building not far from the Throggs Neck Bridge in the quiet residential neighborhood of Whitestone. The restaurant itself is large and pleasantly decorated that it could easily be the home of a Chinese-American General Tso’s factory out in Long Beach or another suburban enclave. But here the meal starts with an amuse-bouche like roasted peanuts, seasoned with that enticing spicy-tingling combination of chiles and Sichuan peppercorn, that are like the sparklers for the fireworks that come later. The pork wontons in red oil are lackluster (do get the very inauthentic cheese wontons, crispy dough with oozing pockets); much better are the dan dan noodles, which your server will kindly mix at the table. That attention to service shows up throughout the meal: Order a whole braised fish served in a deep metal vessel in a pool of bubbling, reddish sauce with lotus root, cauliflower, and more and it’ll be cleanly filleted before you with the deftness of a sushi master. Cumin lamb is not the best effort in town; instead defer to the nubbins of diced rabbit served in a fragrant slurry of sauce and a standout version of chongqing chicken. It’s well-fried, so it’s crispy without any hint of greasiness, and bracingly hot.

Recommended Dishes

Chongqing chicken, $14.95; tear in eyes, $5.95; dan dan noodle, $5.95