255-07 Northern Boulevard, Little Neck;
Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 4-9:30 p.m.
street, lot in back after 5:30 p.m.
someone whispers in your ear that something is “the best kept secret in
Queens,” you have to wonder how, after a lifetime in the borough, there
could be any secrets left.
apologize for wondering
. . . our source was correct. Go to Nelson’s and you’ll agree,
there is a dining secret here that it’s time to set free.
the cute half-window curtains and through the storefront entrance, you’ll
step into the cozy dining room that is small – fitting about 35-40 people
– but complete with the comfort touches of white table clothes, subtle
wall lighting and colorful watercolor paintings. Manager Linda Kwong
explained that her brother – Nelson Sham — is the chef that produces the
wonderful smell of chicken cooking that fill the dining room area. Sham was
a Sous Chef at La Cote Basque on 5th Avenue for 13 years before opening his
own place in Little Neck five years ago and bringing the family in on the
concept for Little Neck seems to be serve good, wholesome, delicious food
and you’ll build customers . . . oh, and the secret part is the price.
dining companion and I tried the Pineapple Chicken and for the $9.99 dinner
price were served a well-filled plate of deliciously prepared and moist
chicken breast cutlet, cooked to perfection and covered in sweet and tender
chunks of pineapple, with just a touch of broccoli and cauliflower on the
plate to complete the presentation. The chicken was served with a separate
heaping plate of steamed white rice.
a second entrée, we went to one of the Chef’s specials list and tried the
Shrimp Scampi with
pasta ($14.50), which Kwong warned is not prepared with flowing rivers of
butter and garlic. The manager’s warned turned to our delight in an ample
serving of shrimp on a bed of linguine that was flavored to let you actually
taste the shrimp and the pasta as well as the garlic.
not just the right food at the right price, it’s exceptionally good food
and a warm, inviting atmosphere at a price that out-sells some take-out.
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