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Coco's Malaysian Shaved Ice Nails it All (Except the Ice)

Sugar Rush Max Falkowitz 4 comments

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. More

The Great Big Plate of Rabbit at Uncle Zhou

Max Falkowitz 5 comments

The thick, doughy noodles get top billing at Elmhurst's Uncle Zhou, but on a recent visit I was most delighted by the rabbit. More

More Good Thai in Elmhurst at Nusara Thai Kitchen

Max Falkowitz 4 comments

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. More

El Gauchito Butcher and Steakhouse: Get Yourself to the Argentinian

Max Falkowitz 5 comments

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. More

Thai Grocery Shopping in Queens with Pok Pok Chef Andy Ricker

Erin Zimmer 32 comments

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."). More

TGI Fry-Day: Maduros at Cevicheria El Rey

TGI Fry-Day Max Falkowitz Post a comment

Fried sweet plantains are common enough, but at Cevicheria El Rey in Elmhurst they're exceptionally sweet. More

Market Tours: El Gauchito, an Argentinian Steakhouse and Butcher in Queens

Clara Inés Schuhmacher 10 comments

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. More

Slurped: Of Defining 'Good' Noodles, and Pad Kee Mao

Chichi Wang 3 comments

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? More

TGI Fry-Day: Catfish Salad at Chao Thai

TGI Fry-Day Max Falkowitz 2 comments

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. More

Slurped: Marrow Bones and Hand-Pulled Noodles at Lao Bei Fang

Chichi Wang 3 comments

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. More

Slurped: Thick Knife Peel Noodles at Uncle Zhou in Elmhurst

Chichi Wang 7 comments

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. More

On The Game Trail With Joe DiStefano: A Tour of Flushing and Elmhurst's Asian Enclaves

Chris E. Crowley 21 comments

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. More

Indian-Chinese Cuisine at Tangra Masala in Elmhurst

Andrew Coe 3 comments

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. More

A Midnight Street Food Tour of Queens with Jeff Orlick

Max Falkowitz 8 comments

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. More

A Sandwich a Day: Pernil Cachapa at Patacon Pisao

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz Post a comment

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. More

A Sandwich a Day: Cheese Patacon at Patacon Pisao

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 2 comments

[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... More

Afternoon Snack: Hong Kong-Style Rice Rolls in Elmhurst

Afternoon Snack Max Falkowitz 7 comments

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. More

11 Kale Dishes We Love In New York City

Max Falkowitz 7 comments

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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Upi Jaya

The Vegetarian Option Howard Walfish 4 comments

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. More

Real Cheap Eats: Kering Kentang at Java Village

The Serious Eats Team 2 comments

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. More

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