Hug Esan is a family-owned restaurant that opened its doors in May of 2017 to provide authentic Thai food to the local Queens residents. Their restaurant serves traditional food from the Isan region of Thailand, such as marinated jerk meat, freshwater fish, rice noodle soups, and more.
The owners shared their story in the NY Times, stating that the food they’re cooking now is the cuisine their mother fed them when they were growing up. If you’re in the area, stop by their location in Elmhurst. They have a large assortment of meals to try, but one of their famous dishes is called Moo Dad Diew. It’s a specialty dinner from Northeastern Thailand that has fried strips of marinated pork butt with a side of Jeaw; Jeaw is a mix of sugar, fish sauce, tamarind, and rice powder. It’s delicious and has helped them earn some great reviews.
Not far away is a restaurant in Jackson Heights called Papa’s Kitchen. This is another Asian restaurant that was inspired by classic dishes. With a Filipino background, you can expect affordable meals and authentic cuisine, in addition to karaoke.
Maribeth Roa, co-owner of Papa’s Kitchen is on a mission to bring variations of foods from Manila and the Bicol region for all of us to try. Their meals are hearty and packed with flavor.
Driving further into Queens, you’ll come across a large area known as Flushing. Flushing is packed with hundreds of Asian restaurants because it contains a mix of people from all over Asia. Just past Murray Hill, located on Francis Lewis Boulevard is an easy-going Cantonese restaurant called Yummy Noodle House NYC that serves great noodle dishes.
Choose meats from shrimp, fish, beef, pig, squid and more. And when you stop in for a dish, make sure to try their best option by customizing the dumpling soup. Other traditional Chinese cuisine that’s available is hot pot rice and noodles. On the menu, they mark off when certain foods are spicy or hot, so choose wisely. With more than 100 reviews on Yelp and a 4 star rating, Yummy Noodle House NYC is a great choice for a quality meal in the neighborhood. If you don’t want to sit down, they also offer take out.
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