Deluge Restaurant, tucked away in the swanky Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, offers an alternative to the neighborhood’s traditional fare. It features upscale, contemporary Asian and American dishes in a unique, surprising setting that’s more akin to Manhattan than Shanghai.
Deluge is just one of over 75 restaurants participating in Queens Restaurant Week, which kicks off this week through October 15. Featured restaurants offer special $25 prix fix lunch/dinner menus, and an opportunity to enjoy some of the borough’s finest fare without breaking the bank.
Hotel dining experiences can be both pricey and intimidating. Part of Deluge’s appeal is its unpretentious ambiance, attentive (albeit sometimes uninformed) wait staff and elegant décor. Although the impressive interior waterfall that wowed entering patrons when the restaurant first opened back in 2007 is gone (“We’re going green,” explains one server), Deluge’s white-tablecloth atmosphere is eye-catching.
The airy, ground-floor space combines old world flair with chic, modern decorative touches - including beautiful wrought-iron chandeliers and intimate, cabana-style seating for couples and small parties.
The restaurant’s regular menu is as diverse as Queens itself. Now under the direction of Executive Chef Kevin Wong, it is globally inspired and divided into two parts.
One menu is Western-influenced and includes everything from onion rings and Braised Short Ribs to Linguini with Clams and Shrimp, while the other is composed mostly of Asian cuisine such as Peking Pork, Drunken Chicken (which is, oddly, served cold) and Moo Po Tofu.
The dishes on both menus are generously proportioned, heavily sauced and tastefully presented. The French-cut and breaded Sa-Cha Lamp Chops are tasty and tender. The Thai Basil Marinated Pork Lion is served with a somewhat bland sweet ginger potato purée.
Regular entrees are $15-$25, which makes the special Restaurant Week menu an incredible steal.
The yummy Lychee Martini, made with fresh Lychee puree, is a sweet, delicious accompaniment or perfect after-dinner drink. It’s one of 15 specialty cocktails served up at Deluge and recommended by the wait staff.
Deluge’s Restaurant Week menus do not feature items on the regular menu, but still focus on contemporary Asian and American fare, including Jelly Fish Salad, Citrus-Ginger Scallops and decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake, to name a few.
At just $25 for three courses, it’s arguably among the best bang for your Restaurant Week buck - and a good excuse to visit a unique Flushing destination.
The lunch menu is served from 11:30 a.m to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Visit www.delugerestaurant.com for the entire menu.
Or, if you feel like trying something different, try Ice Fire Land, Mulan or Yuraku, additional Flushing eateries participating in Restaurant Week. Check out the comprehensive Queens Restaurant Week list at www.local718queens.com
135-20 39th Avenue