Restaurant Food Crawl to be held in Woodside and Jackson Heights next week

A community-led group is organizing a guided food crawl through Woodside and Jackson Heights next week. Previous tour participants, pictured (Photo by Jae Lee)

Aug. 3, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A community-led group is organizing a guided food crawl through Woodside and Jackson Heights next week.

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The restaurant tours, where participants will visit a diverse mix of local eateries to sample takeaways, will be held on August 13. There will be two tours with the first starting at 1:00pm and the other starting at 2:00pm each tour will last one hour and stop at five local eateries.

Cuisine options include Filipino, Indian, Pakistani, Bengali and Colombian, with vegetarian options available. The crawls were originally scheduled to take place on August 6, but organizers have decided to postpone the crawls until next week due to bad weather forecast this Friday and Saturday.

The crawls will be the latest offerings hosted by Homecoming, an organization comprised 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 attracting more pedestrian traffic to Queens neighborhoods.

This will be the first time the band have extended their tours to Woodside. Homecoming held its inaugural crawl in Elmhurst in June 2021. Since then, the group has hosted two crawls in Jackson Heights and two more in Elmhurst.

This will be the first time the band have extended their tours to Woodside. Previous tour participants, pictured (Photo by Jae Lee)

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

He said the group is looking forward to bringing the crawl to Woodside. The tours will begin in Woodside’s Little Manila neighborhood with a visit to Ihawan Filipino Restaurant, where participants will have the opportunity to try their popular BBQ Pork Sticks.

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

This will then be followed by a stop at Himalayan Yak Nepalese restaurant for beef or vegetable momos.

Tour participants sampling local food on a previous tour (Photo by Jae Lee)

Next destination will be Al Naimat Sweets and Restaurant for some variety of 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 either a beef and cheese arepa or a cheese arepa.

The meeting point for the tour will be the Mabuhay Mural at Woodside, which is on the wall of Amazing Grace Restaurant on the southeast corner of 69th Street and Roosevelt Avenue.

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

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

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


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