New World Mall Food Court + JMart
I have had a string of lazy days lately. Sometimes I only think I want to stay inside all day, but then the bug hits. It’s like a mild case of cabin fever during the winter. I feel restless. Useless. Stuck. Like my day is wasted because I haven’t gone anywhere. I’ve lost all of my energy to even! After an afternoon of my whining and groaning, I was given the task of looking up things to do in Flushing since I hadn’t gone before. A FOOD-related task? All right, I’m up now.
I remembered seeing someone on a travel network eating at a food court in Flushing so naturally I googled “Flushing food court” and up pops “New World Mall.” The website claims it is New York’s largest Asian indoor mall. The food court has over 32 vendors and the JMart supermarket is over 30,000 square feet. I started to search for videos on YouTube and started salivating as amateur cameramen take me on tours of the food stalls. YES, I WANT THAT. YES, YES, YES!!
DAMN! Three trains and over an hour for the commute? I would have to take the J to the G to the 7 all the way down to the end of the line. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. Once I got out of the station, I was right across the street from the mall. I stopped and looked around. This place is HUGE. Say it like that asshat hair piece running for president… HUUUGEEE. New York City has the highest population of Chinese Americans in the United States. The total population in the five boroughs amount to 522,000. Queens has about 208,000 of that and it was obvious. My people! I felt at home!
I walked in through the doors and went down the escalator. I kept bobbing and weaving my head around pillars and people to see the different stalls. Most of the signs were in Chinese so we could only tell what they were serving by walking past and looking at their menu photos. I must have taken 2 laps before deciding on dumplings. And crawfish. And boba. I wanted more but for my first time here, I was so overwhelmed that my anxiety overrode my appetite. I then took a stroll through the JMart on the second floor of the mall [actually ground level] to walk off some of the food. Everything you could possibly need for groceries you will find here; produce, meats, seafood, live seafood, frozen everything, Asian snacks and junk food, drinks and medicine.
I hoped this first trip to Flushing would make things easier for me to navigate once I came back with my friend, videographer Stephen McFadden. I learned very quickly that it didn’t. I was just as overwhelmed as I was the first time, only this time I was mic’d up to a camera. The rest is history. Here’s a link to the fun video I did touring at New World Mall and Prince Tea House not too far away.
Food and Treats
136-20 Roosevelt Ave,
36-39 Prince Street