Need a quick rush of adrenaline in Elmhurst? Walk into this Colombian butcher shop and ask for an arepa or a bowl of sopa de albondigas. There’s no place to sit down, the place smells like fresh meat, and the staff is incredibly friendly. Bring some cash, take in the shimmering chains of sausage links, and have an internal battle about whether or not you should buy every single Colombian snack you see on the shelves.
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Lhasa Fresh Food
If you want to eat Tibetan food in Elmhurst, head straight to Lhasa Fresh Food and order some momos and thenthuk.
Patacon Pisao is a counter-service Venezuelan spot in Elmhurst that has a few locations around NYC.
Chao Thai is a tiny cash-only spot in Elmhurst with exceptional salads that tend to have a good amount of heat.
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Cositas Ricas is a Colombian restaurant in Jackson Heights with a huge menu, some neon lights, and plenty of TVs for watching sports.
At Arepa Lady in Jackson Heights, you eat arepas. They make up the majority of the menu here, and you should get at least one arepa de queso.
Los Chuzos y Algo Mas
Want some good meat on a stick? Go to Los Chuzos. It’s a tiny Jackson Heights spot that’s open late and serves excellent chorizo.
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Ayada is one of the best Thai restaurants in the city. Bring a big group to Elmhurst spot, and cover your table in duck, catfish, and drunken noodles.
Khao Kang is a counter-service spot in Elmhurst where you can get some of the best Thai food in NYC.
Lamoon is a cash-only, BYOB restaurant in Elmhurst that specializes in Northern Thai food, and it’s a great spot to eat sausage and pork spine soup.
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