Chef Ilan Hall On Flushing's Best Dim Sum Emporium-Slash-Wedding Hall

by Abby Schreiber
Each week in our Chefs Off Duty series, we talk to some of our favorite chefs and industry folk around the country to find out their secret late-night spots where they like to grab a bite and a pint when their kitchens are finally closed. Next up: Chef Ilan Hall, Top Chef Season 2 winner, host of Esquire Network's Knife Fight and the chef behind The Gorbals, whose locations include a spot in downtown L.A. and a soon-to-be-opened off-shoot in Williamsburg's Urban Outfitters concept store, Space Ninety 8.

Where do you like to grab a bite when you're leaving your own restaurant?

In Flushing I love East Manor Restaurant on Kissena Blvd. It's a huge place and in fact I would like to have my wedding there but I don't think my fiancee would like that. It's a traditional dim sum place that fits 500 people. You go on Sunday for breakfast, it's awesome and packed.

What are your favorite things to eat there?

I love the har gow dumplings, shumai, I like all the basics. I'm kind of a sucker for a dumpling. Always will be. I used to go there when I was younger with my father and we always had delicious food.

East Manor
Any other specialties?

Their hanging roast pork is another thing I love to get -- I love that crispy, roast skin. I'm pretty simple when it comes to the foods that I crave.

Fun anecdotes?

Sometimes I've been there where they've had weddings going on during normal service hours. There will be 300-person weddings on one side and then all the other normal patrons sitting on the other side. The restaurant is one giant symphony.

East Manor Restaurant, 46-45 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY; Open Mon-Thu, 8am-10pm; Fri-Sun, 8am-11pm

Knife Fight can be seen on the Esquire Network on Tuesdays at 9/9:30pm E/P

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