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February 25, 2019

How a Real Estate Boom Shaped Flushing’s Highly Competitive New Dining Scene (New York Eater)

Take a look at the current restaurant options at One Fulton Square in downtown Flushing — a mixed-use development home to luxe condos, retail, and a hotel — and you’ll get a good idea of what’s in store for the neighborhood’s future.

Located on Prince Street between 39th and Roosevelt avenues, the glossy development built by F&T Group in 2014 houses over a dozen restaurant and bars — a combination of new places like Korean fried chicken restaurant the Coop, outposts of well-liked New York restaurants like Spot Dessert Bar, and some large Asian chains, like Malaysia’s enormously popular fast-casual company Papparich, which planted its first East Coast location inside the complex. The modern center is also home to one of the city’s most revered upscale restaurants. Sichuan restaurant Guan Fu landed a glowing three-star review in the Times in 2017, one of the few Chinese restaurants in the history of the paper to do so.

Lee of F&T thinks the restaurants she’s choosing better fit Flushing’s changing population, she says, adding that she’s trying to change the cheap eats reputation. Modern Asian restaurants, including non-Chinese ones, that feel in line with current New York dining trends are a priority. New residents moving into F&T buildings prefer eating in a “nice environment” a step above historic Flushing hawker stands, Lee argues, meaning more seating and stylish decor. She says she carefully vets each restaurant before bringing it on, ensuring that diners will get a quality meal when they dine at F&T projects.

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