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Restaurant Food Crawl Taking Place in Woodside and Jackson Heights Next Week

A community-led group is hosting guided food crawls through Woodside and Jackson Heights next week. Participants on a previous tour, pictured (Photo by Jae Lee )

Aug. 3, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A community-led group is hosting guided food crawls through Woodside and Jackson Heights next week.

The restaurant crawls, which will see participants visit a diverse mix of local eateries to savor takeout food, will take place on Aug. 13. There will be two tours, with the first beginning at 1 p.m. and the other kicking off at 2 p.m. Each tour will last an hour and will stop by five local eateries.

The culinary dishes being offered include Filipino, Nepali, Pakistani, Bengali and Colombian, with vegetarian options also available. The crawls were originally scheduled to take place on Aug. 6 but organizers decided to postpone the tours until next week due to the forecast bad weather this Friday and Saturday.

The crawls will be the latest offerings organized by Homecoming — an organization consisting of first-and second-generation immigrants passionate about food and bringing the Queens community together. The group was formed last year with the goal of supporting local restaurants and bringing more foot traffic into Queens neighborhoods.

It will be the first time the group has expanded its tours into Woodside. Homecoming held its inaugural crawl in Elmhurst in June 2021. Since then the group has organized two crawls in Jackson Heights and another two in Elmhurst.

It will be the first time the group has expanded its tours into Woodside. Participants on a previous tour, pictured (Photo by Jae Lee)

Bryan Lozano, one of Homecoming’s founders, said the five restaurants selected for the upcoming tour represent the spirit, culture, and vibrancy of their respective neighborhoods.

He said the group is particularly looking forward to bringing the crawl to Woodside. The tours will begin in the Little Manila district of Woodside with a visit to the Filipino restaurant Ihawan where participants will get a chance to taste their popular pork BBQ sticks.

“For the first time, this crawl will introduce Filipino food and the history of the Filipino community in Queens [to participants],” Lozano said. “Ihawan is a beloved, longstanding restaurant.”

It will then be followed by a stop at the Nepali restaurant Himalayan Yak with beef or vegetable momos on offer.

Tour participants savoring some local food on a previous crawl (Photo by Jae Lee)

The next destination will be Al Naimat Sweets and Restaurant for some assorted Pakistani sweets, followed by a stop at the Tong food truck to try the famous Bangladeshi street food fuchka.

The food crawl will then end at the Arepa Lady, where participants can try the beef and cheese arepa or cheese arepa.

The meeting spot for the tour will be the Mabuhay mural in Woodside, which is on the wall of the Amazing Grace restaurant on the southeast corner of 69th Street and Roosevelt Avenue.

Lozano said that the guided component of the crawl is very important since it gives participants an understanding of where the food comes from and the culture surrounding it.

“Along with incredible food… participants should expect to learn more about the people and families behind the neighborhood restaurants — and learn more about the history of the area.”

Each crawl will be capped at 15 participants. Tickets are priced at $80 per tour.

 

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The Big Apple Circus

A.K.A. hipster parade. Maybe the hipsters can share their food with Keisha? Keisha isn’t happy with the tax payer free food that is provided for her. Free food is so unfair.

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Amelia

Sounds like i will have to pay my cat sitter overtime this weekend. Looking forward to attending this e
Sounds delicious.

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Keisha

Why cant SNAP recipients buy food from restaurants and street vendors? Its unfair and too hot to cook.

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Smh

Why can’t you stop complaining and get a job? What’s really unfair is how our tax dollars go to ungrateful leeches like yourself.

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Woodside Resident

@ smh Do you know if this person isnt working .Perhaps she is & cost of food is hard to make ends meet. Dont be so harsh
Maybe she has kids too.
Still I wont attend event bc its out of my budget $80 is too pricey & yes I have a job.

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Smh

“Its unfair and too hot to cook” – Entitlement.
Not a fan of it. Before Grubhub people cooked their own food and takeout occasionally. Regardless if she has a job or not it is free money. Be grateful that she is getting something. And if she had kids, it’s a continuation of the welfare state that liberals like yourself subjected to these poor people.

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David

@woodside – SMH is responding to a post he put up. You’re being duped. Tucker Carlson tells his followers to create the narrative to match their agenda to influence public opinion.

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Did you cash your stimulus check?

I’m glad hear you didn’t accept the free money Trump gave you. Otherwise you’d be a giant hypocrite…

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Smh

I responded to your silly post months ago. I knew I was paying the stimulus money back come tax season, so it was inverted. Still lost money but I wasn’t foolish enough to waste it on something materialistic. What did you do with the stimulus check?

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I agree, you leeched off taxpayer money

You took a free handout? Did you hand out it to others?

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Woodside Resident

I did get stimulus check and used towards my bills . Thank you for caring .More people should be like you real dope🤭

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Maybe you should earn money to pay your bills instead?

It’s unfair is how our tax dollars go to ungrateful leeches like yourself

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