Arirang Korean Restaurant Rings in the New Year
Perhaps one of the greatest things about Flushing, despite all of the “Hello Kitties” waving at you through the storefront windows, is the food. I recently came across Arirang (137-38 Northern Blvd 718-661-5454) while cycling through the neighborhood. Arirang is a tiny, inexpensive noodle shop set slightly off the Main Street strip. In this no-frills eatery, your kind server will start your meal with a small plate of spicy kimchi, the precursor to a traditional eastern meal. After you have enjoyed this pickled delicacy, the main course soon follows. A single yet sizable bowl filled with savory broth and handmade noodles can be slurped up for about $10 a pop. The noodles are prepared to just the right consistency in a rich flavorful broth with your choice of chicken, seafood or vegetables. If you want an added boost to your day, you can try the ginseng chicken for a pricier $17.95. There are also daily dumpling specials like the aromatic shrimp and scallion. There isn’t much to the place, the decor is humble yet endearing, the service is nice but communication between non-english speakers can be sparse, and seating is limited. Besides the lack of furnishings, Arirang carries an ambiance all its own because it is authentic. Sidle on in for a low-key weekend lunch with the locals or stop by for a warm meal after the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade.