We passed a storefront on West 3rd Street between McDougal and 6th Avenue last night -- a huge reprint of this New York Times review was posted in the window, which led us to one conclusion. Seems like there will be bing in the 'hood in the not-too-distant future. Before we read the article, we had no idea what a bing was either, but upon further investigation, we discovered that a bing is a "hot pocket" of sorts -- fillings ranging from spicy pork to pickled vegetables enrobed in a flaky pastry crust. The original Unique Pastry, in Flushing, offers 17 varieties, each for a mere $1-$1.50. Although we haven't yet tried a bing, we are pretty excited about the prospect of having one nearby -- both based on Peter Meehan's review and the buzz from the Chowhounds.

To get a preview, head to the original location in Flushing: 135-23 40th Road (Main Street), Flushing, Queens; (718) 888-7790. If you've been there, let us know more about the bing!