Upi Jaya

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Upi Jaya

Queens
A limo with diplomatic plates idling outside an ethnic restaurant is a good sign—and a common sight here. Indonesian expats head to this dirt-cheap storefront for richly sauced, rice-accompanied dishes redolent with coconut, curry, lemongrass and red chili. A surefire start is gado gado, a warm vegetable concoction in lick-the-plate peanut gravy. Fiery-red rendang padang is an intensely spiced Sumatran pot roast stewed in coconut milk. Creamy curries highlight chicken, beef, squid or shrimp, while banana-leaf-wrapped roasted snapper is delicate and tangy (and often sold-out).
Venue name: Upi Jaya
Contact:
Address: 76-04 Woodside Ave
Queens

Cross street: at 76th St
Opening hours: Sun, Tue–Thu 11:30am–9:30pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: E, F, V, G, R to Jackson Hts–Roosevelt Ave; 7 to 74th St–Broadway
Price: Average main course: $10. Cash only
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