If you make the trek out to Flushing, it will be well worth your time. Depending on what entrance you go in, go to the bottom floor and while on the escalator your senses will be hit with a sight and aroma so unbelievable and overwhelming, you might rethink your visit. Sadly I didn't get many pictures overall but you can look at the Yelp photos to get an idea of what you're in for! A lot of the menus are in Chinese, but don't worry, you don't have to brush up on your Mandarin or renew your passport to make your way around. Many of them have photos or a brief English description.
Anne and I rushed right over to the takoyaki stand (fried octopus balls) and ordered one regular and one with a wasabi mayo on it. Afterwards I grabbed a seat (it's a free for all banquet style tables) and then Anne got the bubble tea. I got a mango bubble tea and Anne got a green tea bubble tea. Both were just amazing! I love anything mango so this was just a perfect snack! They also have stalls with hand pulled noodles and you can see a man stretching out the glutenous dough as if it's nothing. The takoyaki was the same spot we had last summer but unfortunately the balls were already made as we only had to wait a few minutes for the toppings to be put on. Anne had said there wasn't much octopus in her balls, but typically you only get 2-3 pieces in each and she said a lot of hers only had one piece. Mine were fine but you could taste how it wasn't fresh and that really takes away from the overall taste.
After we did some serious shopping, we needed to rest a bit so we went back to the food court and I choose this strawberry yogurt drink. Wow! Move over Starbucks strawberry acai, this is my new favorite! If you've ever had the Korean digestifs, they come in tiny plastic bottles with a red tin foil cap on it that you peel bad and drink after a meal (pictured above), the strawberry yogurt drink was very similar! It had diced strawberries and strawberry jellies in it and man it was just fanatic! I wish I lived closer to Flushing because I could drink one of these everyday! Sadly I didn't get a picture of the stall where I ordered this, but it was fantastic! It was the only other drink stall there besides the first bubble tea.
If you ever have a day to kill, or even an afternoon, please do yourself a favor and head over to Chinatown's New World Mall. You won't regret this epicurean adventure!