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Yi Lan Halal Restaurant

Map & Directions 42-79A Main St.
Flushing, NY 11355
  • Chinese
  • Daily 11am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Yi Lan Halal in Flushing is the city's first restaurant to offer the cuisine of northern Chinese Muslims, not to be confused with the restaurants dotting the landscape that reconfigure Cantonese food for Islamic dietary strictures. What that means is lots of cumin-scented lamb; organ meats such as tongue, tripe, and intestines; and Japanese influences, such as the delightfully named "wasabi Arctic surf clams." The odd transformations of tofu are another delight, including "dry bean curd with shrimp" (a very soupy and spongy concoction) and tofu skin with hot pepper, by which they mean very hot! Served family style, hand-teared lamb is a vast bubbling cauldron of soup dotted with tiny red dates. Engagingly, the waitress will replenish the broth as the level descends.

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  • Jane W. on 03/13/14

    This tip is for safety warning. The Vegetarian Shui Mai contains shrimp and the waitress's response was....there is no MEAT @.@

  • Maryam A. on 09/28/13

    So good! We did family style with a bunch of dishes, but the best were the sizzling beef and lamb dumplings.

  • Village Voice on 03/01/13

    Halal? Not the typical fare when you think Chinese, but this place showcases the Muslim cuisine of the North. The Lamb Homestyle comes with an omelet smothered in gravy and is beyond amazing.

  • Benjamin H. on 06/05/11

    This Muslim-Chinese restaurant doesn't serve any pork but they don't forbid alcohol, so byob.

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