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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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.
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.
Love, Nelly is a Columbian bakery in Bushwick offering fresh takes on classic empanada flavors like kolache and chickpea curry.
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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.
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.
Khao Kang is a counter-service spot in Elmhurst where you can get some of the best Thai food in NYC.
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