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Chong Qing Lao Zao



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Chong Qing Lao Zao in Flushing is the Disneyland of hot pot restaurants. Spanning two-and-a-half floors, it’s decked out like a rural village with grass huts, big wooden water wheels, and even fake chickens. It’s a little cheesy, but we’re into it. The eating experience is just as over-the-top. They specialize in Chongqing-style hot pot made with rich beef tallow and Sichuan peppers, so you should try at least one spicy broth if you can handle it. (They also have a few milder options). Pick two rich broths per pot to dip your crab stick and bean curd into, and have a ball at the extensive sauce bar while you wait for your food. It’s on the pricier side for the neighborhood, and you might encounter a long wait, but that’s part of the theme park experience.

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