King Yum

Bar & Restaurant
18108 Union Tpke
Flushing, New York, United States
Ph: (718) 380-1918 - Website
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Sun-Thu noon-9:30pm
Fri noon-midnight
Sat noon-11:30pm
Opened in 1953
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Otto's Shrunken Head, New York 10.1 mi
16.2 km
American Museum of Natural History, New York 10.5 mi
16.9 km
Zombie Hut, Brooklyn 11.2 mi
18.1 km
Brooklyn's Tiki Bar, Brooklyn 12.3 mi
19.9 km
Chan's Dragon Inn, Ridgefield 13.8 mi
22.2 km
Waterfall at the entrance to King Yum in Flushing
July 2014, photo by Artiki
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Humuhumu’s description:
King Yum is a classic example of the style of Chinese-meets-Polynesian Pop restaurants that have peppered the U.S. Northeast for decades. It was opened in 1953 by the Eng family, and is still run by the Eng family today.

The entrance has a rock wall waterfall, and there are tiki poles and tiki masks throughout the restaurant... painted in unfortunate primary colors. The restaurant has broad A-frame details over the dining room, and bamboo is used heavily. There is an awful lot of white on the walls and ceiling, though. Lamps are old classics from Orchids of Hawaii. There is a second dining room with more traditional Chinese decoration rather than Polynesian. The exterior of the building has no Polynesian influence, but does have a beautiful green tile roof.

The food is good old American Chinese, and a number of tropical drinks are served, some in tiki mugs or coconuts.

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March 28, 2010, 9:19 AM
Makes a killer Mai Tai. Bartender gave us a buy-back after the first drink (asking if we wanted a "taste" and proceeded to mix us up two more!).
On Chinese New Year they had a dragon dance through the restaurant. Need to catch the Karaoke night.
LaurenJoy has visited King Yum.

March 28, 2010, 9:20 AM
My favorite Mai Tai in NYC.
nrefzen has visited King Yum.

July 10, 2012, 3:08 PM
This place has some really nice decor but could benefit greatly by dimming the lights. Also I would recommend calling ahead first to check if there's Karaoke (there was on Saturday night) because if you're in the mood for a romantic cocktail with that special someone the addition of a huge man in cargo shorts screaming along to Bell Biv Devoe could interfere with your plans.
eli has visited King Yum.

January 25, 2015, 6:23 PM
So I made it to King Yum this past weekend. I went for the Friday Karaoke night, which was an interesting mix of Queens and Long Island locals. I could see some of the original tiki decor in the cool bar thatched roof, tikis, waterfall and bamboo seating areas and chairs. I wish they had kept more of the original tiki charm. But the drinks page did not disappoint. they had all the tradition favorites up front and each was served in a unique tiki glass. I had the Coco Loco and their King Yum special, both fun tiki drinks. I sang my fair share of Karaoke and then went off into the night. I would say if you are a tiki fanatic, then definitely worth coming to see King Yum. There are better, more original Tiki joints in New Jersey, but for an NYC spot with Karaoke, this still is on the list. I will give it 5 out of 10.

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