“Hello, welcome to Jollibee,” is what the cashier will probably say when you walk into Jollibee. And you’ll find those words comforting, at least after you eat some fried chicken here several times. This is a fast-food chain with a bee mascot in a blazer and a chef’s hat, and it has over 1,000 locations in the Philippines. They specialize in spaghetti with thick, sweet tomato sauce and fried chicken with big sides of gravy, and if you want to eat these things in NYC, there are only two locations to pick from: this one in Woodside and another Midtown. Stop by for a quick takeout meal, get your fried chicken spicy, and order a crispy, golden mango pie for dessert.
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Taste Good Malaysian Cuisine
Taste Good is a casual cash-only place in Elmhurst, and it’s one of our favorite spots in the neighborhood. Get the Singapore kari laksa.
John Brown Smokehouse
While we enjoyed our time with John Brown Smokehouse, we didn’t quite go crazy over the BBQ the way others have. Though if you and your crew appreciate trays full of BBQ and massive bootfuls of beer, John Brown should be on the radar.
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Swell Dive is a restaurant/bar in Bed-Stuy where you can get some nachos and a spam taco at 1am.
Here’s the good news: If you like the idea of eating various pig parts in some sort of spicy chili sauce, you’re going to love this joint. Jeepney is Maharlika’s second East Village restaurant, and this one is a take on a Filipino gastropub.
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SriPraPhai is a Woodside favorite that’s been serving some of NYC’s best Thai food for over two decades.
Lhasa Fast Food
Lhasa Fast Food is a tiny Tibetan restaurant hidden behind a cell phone store in Jackson Heights. Stop by for a quick meal, and order some momos.
Phayul is a Tibetan restaurant hidden up a flight of stairs in Jackson Heights, and it’s an excellent spot for some casual soup and momos.
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