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.
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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.
For those who like their greens a little more battered and fried, and maybe topped with chicken and cuttlefish for good measure, Ayada's worth a visit.
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.
Viva La Comida! hits Jackson Heights for a night of some of the best homespun Latin American food Queens—and the city—has to offer. All those Queens taco vendors and arepa makers you keep meaning to see? Some of our favorites will be here.
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.
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.
Jo Ju's owners bill their café as the home of the modern banh mi. (It seems to us there are many places that could claim that title, but we're not here to dispute that.) Their beef bulgogi ($5), thinly sliced rib eye with red kimchi and a spicy butter-mayo spread smeared on the baguette, recalls a steak hoagie gone Southeast Asian.
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.