Elmhurst is in Queens, a borough of New York City. It is very ethnically diverse, including Latino, Chinese, Korean, and South Asian communities. But perhaps above all, Southeast Asians - from the Philipiness, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand - are a striking presence among the purveyors and clientele of its various shops and restaurants. Only about a 35-minute subway ride from Manhattan and a short walk from all the Indian and Latino clubs, shops, and restaurants in Jackson Heights, it is a neighborhood very much worth visiting for some excellent, inexpensive food.
Take the G, R, or V trains to Elmhurst Avenue or Grand Avenue.
Taste Good Malaysian Restaurant, 82-18 45th Av. (between 82nd and 83rd Sts., across the street from Clement Clarke Moore Homestead Park), (718) 898-8001, is an example of truth in advertising. Many Malaysian residents of New York consider Taste Good to be the tastiest and most authentic Malaysian eatery in the Five Boroughs. Expect to spend less than $20 before tip for a very substantial dinner. Take the G/R/V to Elmhurst Avenue
Pho Bac, 82-78 Broadway (in a strip mall between Elmhurst Av. and Whitney Av.), (718) 639-0000, is an excellent Vietnamese restaurant whose menu goes far beyond the noodle soup that supplies its name. It is also quite inexpensive. Expect to pay no more than $15, even if you have a humongous dinner. Take the G/R/V to Elmhurst Avenue
Upi Jaya, 76-04 Woodside Av. (between 76th and 77th Sts.), (718) 458-1807, popular with Indonesians, serves delicious, flavorful Indonesian cuisine. The owner is a Minangkabau from Padang. Take the E/F/G/R/V/7 trains to Jackson Heights-Broadway-Roosevelt Avenue or the G/R/V to Elmhurst Avenue.