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We went out for brunch and stopped at a diner in LIC. When they showed us out table it was inside and the place was pack...
04/28/2021

We went out for brunch and stopped at a diner in LIC. When they showed us out table it was inside and the place was packed (i mean full 100% capacity) we were also sat deep inside. We noped out of there and i'm so glad. We ended up at Madera a cuban restaurant. It was fantastic. The staff was so nice and the food fabulous. With ample sitting both inside and outside.

We had what was like a sweet plantain pancake stuffed with pernil (roast pork) eggs, guacamole. And a "not pressed" cuban sandwich. Both delicious.

I will definitely come back to try more of the menu. They seem to have live music some nights of the week.

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #longislandcity #cuba #cuban #cubanfood #pernil #platanos #plantain #caribe #sweetplantain #brunch #breakfast #cubansandwich #eggs #sandwiches #food #foodie #foodporn #latino #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

April 21st rally by delivery people in New york city seeking safety, better (and actual wages) and better working condit...
04/22/2021

April 21st rally by delivery people in New york city seeking safety, better (and actual wages) and better working conditions. Without them we could not have food delivered to all of us.

#cbackstreets #nyc #delivery #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Round two at Dhaka Garden.  Chicken tikka, chicken tikka masala and goat curry with naan.....#cbackstreets #nyc #queens ...
04/22/2021

Round two at Dhaka Garden.

Chicken tikka, chicken tikka masala and goat curry with naan.....

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #Jacksonheights #bread #naan #curry #chicken #chickentikka #goat #goatcurry #spicy #foodie #foodporn #desi #bangladesh #bangladeshifood #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Kuya's lechonA new Filipino option on Grand ave.  They have a menu but you come here for the lechon.  Crisp roasted pork...
04/18/2021

Kuya's lechon

A new Filipino option on Grand ave. They have a menu but you come here for the lechon. Crisp roasted pork belly. Served with rice, or garlic rice (get garlic), vegetables or mashed potatoes.

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #Elmhurst #pork #lechonbelly #lechon #porkbelly #Philippines #pinoy #filipino #food #foodie #foodporn #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

A devastating fire took out a large building complex in Jackson Heights yesterday. 90 families have been displaced...Bel...
04/07/2021
Massive Fire Displaces 90 Families in NYC Building, Injures 21 People

A devastating fire took out a large building complex in Jackson Heights yesterday. 90 families have been displaced...
Below i'll put links to places people can donate to.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/more-than-100-firefighters-battle-5-alarm-inferno-in-nyc-apartment-building/2984087/

At least 21 people are hurt as hundreds of firefighters continue to battle an 8-alarm fire in Queens that erupted at an apartment building shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Fire Department of New York City said.

Zam Zam is a fusion place that bills itself as "Mediterranean" there are items in the menu such as falafel, greek salad ...
04/01/2021

Zam Zam is a fusion place that bills itself as "Mediterranean" there are items in the menu such as falafel, greek salad etc.. but there are desi and afghani choices as well.

We got afghani chicken kababs served with rice, salad, beans and curry beef. Mango lasi, garlic naan and three sauces (hot chili, cilantro, and a cream/ mayo) the presentation/ plating is beautiful and the food amazing

Zam Zam
72-27, 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372



#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #Jacksonheights #india #mediterranean #mediterraneanfood #curry #spicy #chicken #kabab #currybeef #lasi #mango #mangolasi #naan #garlicnaan #food #foodie #foodporn #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

I finally tried Yun Cafe and asian mart.It is a Burmese (Myanmar) place.  It is tiny and downstairs in the subway entran...
03/25/2021

I finally tried Yun Cafe and asian mart.

It is a Burmese (Myanmar) place. It is tiny and downstairs in the subway entrance via diversity plaza. It's a bizarre location. They opened about 6 months ago. It's been a struggle opening during a pandemic but they are making do. Also their hearts right now are heavy with the terrible violence going on in Burma. The coup d'etat is a current topic of conversation.
There are many good choices and cakes. Besides grocery items and snacks.
We got a curry beef that was outstanding, and cow feet stew that was amazing. We ordered two sides of rice. And a coconut cake that was heated for us and was outstanding. We sat at the plaza.

Oh... and don't be afraid to point and ask. If you are an adventurer eater like me be prepared to insist about a dish. They tried to discourage us from getting the cow feet stew.

Be ware that the place is tiny with the (normal) flow of foot traffic outside. It can get a bit crowded
If your are uncomfortable (and also want to help keep them safer) you can call, or order then wait outside for your order to be prepared.

I'm very happy to have another option in the neighborhood.

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #Jacksonheights #diversityplaza #burma #Myanmar #bumesefood #curry #cow #food #foodie #foodporn #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Where does your food come from? Factory farming or real farms?Cage free, biodynamic, no chemicals other than the natural...
03/24/2021

Where does your food come from?

Factory farming or real farms?

Cage free, biodynamic, no chemicals other than the natural processes that give you the best healthiest food.

What about labor practices?

I'm starting to plan a series on farms and food. It might take me a bit. But the idea is there.

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #farms #farming #eggs #chickens #greenmarket #localfood #localeconomy #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Beef rendang (slow cooked beef in coconut curry) , roti canai (coconut curry with potato and chicken served with a hot c...
03/24/2021

Beef rendang (slow cooked beef in coconut curry) , roti canai (coconut curry with potato and chicken served with a hot crispy roti) and Hokkien Udang Mee (noodles with shrimp, pork, fish cake, boiled egg)

At Taste Good. One of my favorite Malaysian places in the area. I usually skip the chinese side of the menu.

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #elmhurst #malaysia #curry #roti #roticanai #beef #beefrendang #noodles #hokkienmee #hokkienudangmee #shrimp #pork #egg #food #foodie #foodporn #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Revisiting an old favorite Grilled lamb chops served with roasted potatoes,  and chicken enchiladas with mole sauceSame ...
03/18/2021

Revisiting an old favorite
Grilled lamb chops served with roasted potatoes, and chicken enchiladas with mole sauce

Same family as Beky's bakery

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #jacksonheights #mexico #mexicanfood #tortillas #mole #lamb #lambchops #enchiladas #chicken #corn #glutenfree #food #foodie #foodporn #latino #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Pambazo from Beky's bakery. Quite different from the pambazos i remember from méxico city. This one is more like a Mexic...
03/05/2021

Pambazo from Beky's bakery.

Quite different from the pambazos i remember from méxico city. This one is more like a Mexican sloppy Joe. Very good and not that spicy.

The pambazos i remember from méxico city have potatoes and chorizo with the bread dipped in a guajillo sauce. This one is ground beef in a red chile sauce. Still something very fun to have.

I know i have seen pambazos advertised somewhere in Roosevelt ave. I'll look for them, see how they compare

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #corona #Mexico #mexicanfood #pambazos #sandwiches #beky's #bakery #guajillo #food #foodie #foodporn #latino #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Pambazo from Beky's bakery.

Quite different from the pambazos i remember from méxico city. This one is more like a Mexican sloppy Joe. Very good and not that spicy.

The pambazos i remember from méxico city have potatoes and chorizo with the bread dipped in a guajillo sauce. This one is ground beef in a red chile sauce. Still something very fun to have.

I know i have seen pambazos advertised somewhere in Roosevelt ave. I'll look for them, see how they compare

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #corona #Mexico #mexicanfood #pambazos #sandwiches #beky's #bakery #guajillo #food #foodie #foodporn #latino #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Protest in favor of democracy and against the military coup d'etat in Myanmar (Burma) #cbackstreets #nyc #Jacksonheights...
02/25/2021

Protest in favor of democracy and against the military coup d'etat in Myanmar (Burma)

#cbackstreets #nyc #Jacksonheights #myanmar #Burma #protest #walkingtours #walk #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Kare Kare (oxtail stew in a peanut based sauce, accompanied by a shrimp based sauce) kaldereta (stewed beef) and sizzlin...
02/24/2021

Kare Kare (oxtail stew in a peanut based sauce, accompanied by a shrimp based sauce) kaldereta (stewed beef) and sizzling chicken adobo over caramelized onions. And "the Kusina Dessert Trio Sampler" ube/halaya, leche flan and cassava cake

Kusina has a very similar menu to the places next door. Classic dishes from the Philippines. But they are done as a higher end scale, to call it something.

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #Jacksonheights #pinoy #filipino #beef #oxtail #stew #chicken #kaldereta #karekare #adobo #chickenadobo #ube #flan #yuca #sweet #dessert #rooseveltave #food #foodie #foodporn #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Free food table outside the Islamic center of Jackson Heights (Signs are also in spanish) #cbackstreets #nyc #queens #Ja...
02/23/2021

Free food table outside the Islamic center of Jackson Heights

(Signs are also in spanish)

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #Jacksonheights #muslim #mutualaid #islam #freefood #community #diversity #immigrant #immigrantstrong

Free food table outside the Islamic center of Jackson Heights

(Signs are also in spanish)

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #Jacksonheights #muslim #mutualaid #islam #freefood #community #diversity #immigrant #immigrantstrong

A quick visit to the Wat In Elmhurst.  Upstairs there is the Jade buddha a replica of the emerald buddha that is in Thai...
02/23/2021

A quick visit to the Wat In Elmhurst.

Upstairs there is the Jade buddha a replica of the emerald buddha that is in Thailand.

There probably will not be thai new year's celebrations this time around. We'll see.

For now we can visit the temple. The outside alone is amazing.

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #Elmhurst #thailand #thai #buddhism #buddha #temple #walkingtours #walk #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

The sándwiche cubano was created in Florida and interestingly the easiest and best places to get one are Dominican place...
02/22/2021

The sándwiche cubano was created in Florida and interestingly the easiest and best places to get one are Dominican places. Also it is surprising how cheap they usually are (usually under $5)

#cbackstreets #nyc #hamiltonheights #hamiltonh #Manhattan #cubano #sandwich #sandwiches #sandwichecubano #sanduchecubano #ham #pernil #pickles #toasted #cheese #dominican #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

The sándwiche cubano was created in Florida and interestingly the easiest and best places to get one are Dominican places. Also it is surprising how cheap they usually are (usually under $5)

#cbackstreets #nyc #hamiltonheights #hamiltonh #Manhattan #cubano #sandwich #sandwiches #sandwichecubano #sanduchecubano #ham #pernil #pickles #toasted #cheese #dominican #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Boishakhi Restaurant, Ozone Park NY, the second outpost of the much-beloved Boishakhi Restaurant in Astoria, opened in t...
02/15/2021
Boishakhi: A Journey to Bangladesh, Via Ozone Park

Boishakhi Restaurant, Ozone Park NY, the second outpost of the much-beloved Boishakhi Restaurant in Astoria, opened in the middle of the pandemic – the steam table packed with an abundance of Bangladeshi dishes is well-suited to takeout. Read more about this family-run business in our latest dispatch: https://culinarybackstreets.com/cities-category/queens/2021/boishakhi/

The second outpost of a family-run Bangladeshi restaurant, Boishakhi in Ozone Park, Queens, serves up a wide range of meals, many of which feature fish.

Please Go to Street Vendor Project for more information! #cbackstreets #nyc #queens #streetvendors #streetfood #foodtruc...
02/08/2021

Please Go to Street Vendor Project for more information!

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #streetvendors #streetfood #foodtrucks #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Please Go to Street Vendor Project for more information!

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #streetvendors #streetfood #foodtrucks #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

The exhibit at Sócrates Sculpture Park.  #cbackstreets #nyc #queens #astoria #art #outdoor #outdoorart #socratessculptur...
02/08/2021

The exhibit at Sócrates Sculpture Park.

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #astoria #art #outdoor #outdoorart #socratessculpture #diversity #immigrant #immigrantstrong #walkingtours #walk

Home of Burek...Burek is a phyllo dough pastry filled with meat or spinach, potatoes , cheese.  It can be rolled into a ...
02/06/2021

Home of Burek...

Burek is a phyllo dough pastry filled with meat or spinach, potatoes , cheese.

It can be rolled into a pastry or made like a pie. This place sells them by the slice. I screwed up and ordered two meat slices i should have gotten one of each. But that means i have to go back to get more. They came right out of the oven crisp and super hot. Very delicious....

Burek... "are baked filled pastries made of a thin flaky dough such as phyllo or yufka, typically filled with meat. It is found in the cuisines of Western Asia, the Balkans, the South Caucasus, the Levant, Central Asia, and other parts of Eastern Europe"

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #astoria #walkingtours #walk #burek #phillo #phyllo #pie #meat #spinach #potato #cheese #crisp #snacks #snack #cheapeats #food #foodie #foodporn #balkan #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Last weekend i had consome de chivo (goat soup) at la Espiga with fresh handmade tortillas.... This weather is just the ...
02/04/2021

Last weekend i had consome de chivo (goat soup) at la Espiga with fresh handmade tortillas....

This weather is just the perfect time to get consome.

It's supposed to be a hangover cure, a weekend pick me up... but also a great meal post exercise. Lots of minerals and electrolytes!😃

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #corona #Mexico #mexicanfood #tortillas #laespiga #consome #stews #soup #goat #corn #cornmasa #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Last weekend i had consome de chivo (goat soup) at la Espiga with fresh handmade tortillas....

This weather is just the perfect time to get consome.

It's supposed to be a hangover cure, a weekend pick me up... but also a great meal post exercise. Lots of minerals and electrolytes!😃

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #corona #Mexico #mexicanfood #tortillas #laespiga #consome #stews #soup #goat #corn #cornmasa #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Roosevelt aveDeliveries getting trough one way or anotherMoore homestead park Elmhurst park (the tanks for the old schoo...
02/04/2021

Roosevelt ave

Deliveries getting trough one way or another

Moore homestead park

Elmhurst park (the tanks for the old school)

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #Jacksonheights #Elmhurst #walkingtours #walk #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Please remember that restaurants are still struggling to survive.  Some are closing today. La Nueva closed at 3 p.m.  if...
02/01/2021

Please remember that restaurants are still struggling to survive. Some are closing today. La Nueva closed at 3 p.m. if you order food be patient, give them time to prepare and deliver your food and tip well your delivery person. Cash if possible! They are out there risking everything to keep the city running.

Above ground trains were suspended at 2 p.m that means the 7 train here in Queens.

The are a couple of street vendors out there that are open.... amazing. (At least when i walked about, at 2 p.m)

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #Jacksonheights #corona #Elmhurst #food #foodie #foodporn #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

Another late breakfast.... brunch by default, ha! Chilaquiles verdes with grilled steak (pan friend corn tortillas smoth...
01/30/2021

Another late breakfast.... brunch by default, ha!

Chilaquiles verdes with grilled steak (pan friend corn tortillas smothered in green salsa) eggs, chicken tostadas, and pozole hominy corn pork stew.

From Beky's bakery one of the mainstays of our Queens walk.

I usually come by when doing it walk. Today we stopped to eat. "The usual?" They asked... nah we are civilians today! We are here to eat and relax for a while!

It's nice to catch up with the people we visit. Business is not great but they are doing well. They have an outdoor sitting area that is well ventilated.

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #corona #Mexico #mexicanfood #tortillas #bekysbakery #chilaquiles #corn #pozole #hominy #stew #pork #food #foodie #foodporn #latino #tostadas #diversity #immigrant #immigrantstrong

Pork steamed bun#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #flushing #food #foodie #foodporn #chinesefood #China #chinatownflushing #ste...
01/28/2021

Pork steamed bun

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #flushing #food #foodie #foodporn #chinesefood #China #chinatownflushing #steamedbuns #steamed #pork #streetvendors #streetfood #foodtrucks #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity

01/24/2021

Today's NYC English lesson:

Yo, it's mad brick out there.

What do what do you respond?

Remember to tip well your delivery person, street vendor, please!

#cbackstreets #nyc #queens #walks #walkingtours #immigrant #immigrantstrong #diversity #streetvendors #streetfood #foodtrucks

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When it comes to exploring a city’s authentic dining scene, while the stomach should ideally serve as the best compass, the truth of the matter is that it’s hard to find your way without good local advice. That’s where Culinary Backstreets comes in. Partnering up with some of the most knowledgeable and passionate food writers and bloggers around the globe, Culinary Backstreets plans to serve as a hotline for the hungry traveler, bedside reading for the foodie voyeur and a heavily bookmarked index for those who want to dive into the culinary backstreets featured on our pages.

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