This Chinese place in Elmhurst serves dumplings the size of change purses, in both fried and steamed varieties. Aside from their plumpness, Lao Bei Fang’s pork and chive dumplings are a good option if you’re looking for a quick, affordable lunch. Each order of four costs less than a subway fare.
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Eim Khao Mun Kai
There’s only one thing at the menu at Eim Khao Mun Kai: a Thai version of Hainanese chicken. It comes with a side of broth, and it’s very good.
Khao Kang is a counter-service spot in Elmhurst where you can get some of the best Thai food in NYC.
Saraling Atin is a Filipino grocery store in Elmhurst with a cafeteria-style counter of meaty stews and pancit noodles in the back.
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Hutong is a gaudy Chinese spot in Midtown East where you can get some very good dim sum if you’re willing to spend a lot of money.
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Ayada is one of the best Thai restaurants in the city. Bring a big group to Elmhurst spot, and cover your table in duck, catfish, and drunken noodles.
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