The restaurant tour will take place in Woodside and Jackson Heights next week

A community-led group is hosting guided food tours through Woodside and Jackson Heights next week. Participants from a previous tour, photographed (Photo by Jae Lee)

August 3, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A community-led group is hosting guided food tours through Woodside and Jackson Heights next week.

Restaurant explorations, which will see participants visit a diverse mix of local eateries to enjoy takeout, will take place on August 13. There will be two tours, the first starting at 1 p.m. and the other at 2 p.m. The tour will last one hour and will stop at five local restaurants.

The culinary dishes on offer include Filipino, Nepalese, Pakistani, Bengali and Colombian dishes, with vegetarian options also available. The crawls were originally scheduled to take place on August 6, but organizers have decided to postpone the tours until next week due to bad weather forecast for Friday and Saturday.

The crawls will be the latest offerings hosted by Homecoming — an organization made up of first- and second-generation immigrants with a passion for food and bringing together the Queens community. The group was formed last year with the goal of supporting local restaurants and increasing foot traffic in Queens neighborhoods.

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

This will be the band’s first time expanding their tours to Woodside. Participants from a previous tour, photographed (Photo by Jae Lee)

Bryan 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 was especially eager to bring the crawl to Woodside. Tours will begin in the Little Manila neighborhood of Woodside with a visit to the Filipino restaurant Ihawan where participants will have the chance to sample their popular BBQ pork sticks.

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

It will then be followed by a stop at the Nepalese restaurant Himalayan Yak with beef or vegetable momos on offer.

Tour participants enjoy local food on a previous exploration (Photo by Jae Lee)

The next destination will be Al Naimat Sweets and Restaurant for an assortment of Pakistani sweets, followed by a stop at Tong Food Truck to try the famous Bangladeshi street fuchka.

The food tour will then end at the Arepa Lady, where participants can try the beef and cheese arepa or the cheese arepa.

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

Lozano said the guided component of the crawl is very important because it allows participants to understand where the food comes from and the culture around it.

“With amazing food… attendees should expect to learn more about the people and families behind the 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 visit.

13 comments

About Vivian J. Smith

Check Also

The state is investigating whether the outbreak of E. coli is linked to food at Wendy’s restaurant

State health analysts are investigating whether a recent outbreak of E. coli illnesses is linked …