The texture of Coco's shaved ice is brutally coarse—much more like an American snow cone—but it nails the proper flavor, which is more than you can say for plenty other Malaysian shaved ice in the city.
The thick, doughy noodles get top billing at Elmhurst's Uncle Zhou, but on a recent visit I was most delighted by the rabbit.
For over ten years, Nusara Thai Kitchen has quietly hummed along while some of its neighbors have received citywide esteem. It goes to show the embarrassment of edible riches we have in Queens, because if this restaurant were anywhere else, it'd be a beloved neighborhood spot with a vocal following.
For years, my answer to "where should we go for steak" has always been the same: the Argentinian, of course. The Argentinian in question is Mario José, the man behind El Gauchito, a steakhouse and butcher shop on Corona Avenue between Corona and Elmhurst. It's not just my favorite steak-on-a-budget restaurant; it's my favorite place for steak, period.
Popping out of the 74th Street-Broadway station in Jackson Heights, chef Andy Ricker of Pok Pok was ready to take us on a Thai market tour around the neighborhood. We traipsed up and down the aisles of a few markets specializing in Thai products as he pointed out the ones he likes (frozen coconut milk) and those he really doesn't care for (canned curry pastes; "don't ever buy them, please.").
Fried sweet plantains are common enough, but at Cevicheria El Rey in Elmhurst they're exceptionally sweet.
The first hint that you've entered Argentinean/Uruguayan territory is the telephone pole on the corner of Corona Avenue and Junction Boulevard. It's painted blue and white, the colors of the flags of both countries. The second hint? El Gauchito: a butcher/restaurant. Don't be fooled by the seemingly small spot. Inside you'll find enough Argentinean goods to make any hardened expat or recent tourist ecstatic.
I really like the flat, not-too-sweet pad kee mao at Ploy Thai in Elmhurst, for two specific reasons. But are those reasons good enough? And are they the right reasons in the first place?
Sometimes the act of frying something completely transforms it into something new. That's the case with the Catfish Salad ($11.95) at Chao Thai, where the fried catfish is barely recognizable as such.
Lao Bei Fang in Elmhurst offers an incredible lunch deal for offal-eating noodle lovers: three huge marrow bones in a bowl of hand-pulled noodle soup.
It's not often that a bowl of noodles causes me to rethink the upper limits of what it means for something to be a noodle, but this bowl of knife peel noodles from Uncle Zhou's in Elmhurst did just that. They're thick and doughy, which for a dough lover like myself is just fine.
Joe DiStefano, the voice behind Edible Queens' World's Fare blog, has been putting his outer borugh street cred to use guiding cooks, food celebrities, and tourists through some of Queens' most fascinating neighborhoods. We followed him on a recent tour of some amazing bites in Flushing and nearby Elmhurst.
There are three things you need to know about Indian-Chinese food. First, it has as much to do with Chinese food—as served in China—as Chinese-American food. Next, it's all about the sauces: Manchurian, Chili, and so on. And last, if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the restaurant.
The 3+ mile stretch of Roosevelt Avenue in Queens between Sunnyside and Flushing is home to some of the best food you can eat in New York, plenty of it right there on the street. $10 will buy you a meal (or two) (or three) from street vendors hailing from, well, everywhere. You may need a guide to get the most out of your food crawl under the 7 train; English comes and goes in Queens, and there are plenty of mediocre food options among the exceptional. But that's where Jeff Orlick comes in.
Everyone comes to Patacon Pisao for the namesake plantain-based sandwiches, but there's plenty more on the menu at this Washington Heights street vendor turned Elmhurst brick and mortar. Take, for instance, the cachapas ($6.50 to $7), sweet corn cakes folded over like quesadillas, stuffed with cheese or a number of meats.
[Photo: Max Falkowitz] The Venezuelan plaintain sandwiches at Patacon Pisao are like drunk food for sober people. Hefty fried plantains are smashed, then fried again to get extra crispy, then used as the sandwich "bread" for a variety of...
A hot, fresh rice roll is soft and supple, light like the thinnest rolled pasta but with an almost tofu-like delicacy. It's a far more sublime experience than a cup 'o steamed starch would suggest.
The suspicious among you may think we're a little kale crazy at Serious Eats HQ, but really we're just giving credit to a vegetable that more than deserves our thanks. Here are 11 kale dishes in New York that have won our hearts.
I've long heard that for authentic Indonesian I should head up to Elmhurst and check out Upi Jaya, so on a recent January night I headed up to Queens, with Carey's exhortations to beware of shrimp paste and other hidden non-vegetarian ingredients ringing in my ears.
We're big fans of Real Cheap Eats, a database of awesome cheap foods all over the five boroughs. So every day this week, we'll be featuring a different entry from the site.