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Dec 5, 2008 07:40 AM

Java Village - new indonesian takeout

hello; just off of broadway on Justice Ave (a block or so off the north side of queens boulevard) in a space which used to be a typical chinese take out (green dragon?) is a new place with tons of inexpensive breakfast and lunch items, and a wide array of steam-table offerings (about 20 items) which are sold as 1, 2 or 3 choices over rice, the 3-choice one is $7, the 2-choice is $5 I think, the menu looks very affordable (not sure how the a la carte offerings work since it doesn't look like they cook anything to order), hours are 7 days a week, 9am to 1am. with that said:

food was pretty good. we shared a 3-choice to-go box which, really, is good for one person but we weren't that hungry. the beef rendang was amazing; really really spoon-tender, deep spice flavor, beautifully big fatty cuts of meat. we also had some chicken dish in coconut milk which was milder, and also had a banana fritter thing, which is beautifully crunchy and delicious. but really, you should just ask the lady behind the counter what's good.

other items available (from what I recall) were honey chicken wings (5 for $2.50, looked like tebaya-type wings), fried chicken drumsticks, fried fish, two or three different jackfruit curries/slurries, two or three beef dishes, many tofu and tempeh dishes (one in particular had hard-boiled eggs and large pieces of tofu in a scary-red chili curry), a jackfruit dish with beef tendon and quite a few other things. they also had noodles and rice but I don't remember seeing that, and they might have soups (according to the menu) but I didn't see those either.

my friend says the place is always packed from morning to night; they also have a fair variety of krupuk and other snacks, and also had some crazy drinks; we got the "Es cendol" which is described as "ice green tapioca with brown coconut milk" but really, it was very limp green noodles on the bottom, and a deeply rich and delicious creamy caramel burnt-sugar drink on top which was really really good and strong and thick.

intrepid hounds (DaveCook, I'm lookin at you) should definitely check this place out because its a wide variety of food for a decent price. there are plenty of tables (think ba xuyen) but takeout is probably a better option.

Java Village
86-10 Justice Avenue
Elmhurst, NY 11373

Java Village
86-10 Justice Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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  1. this sounds awesome. thanks for the post!

    1. biked by this place on sunday afternoon and the place was seriously bumpin'! so I take back what I said about the takeout option because it was real festive/family-like in there. still had ugly florescent lights but ya; was noisy and loud.

      1. Thanks for the lead! For my second lunch of the day, all I could manage was a rice combo...

        ...but the menu is rife with $5-and-under soups and noodle dishes, plus beef, chicken, some seafood, and a good lineup of vegetables. A party of four, eating family style, would be hard-pressed to spend $40. There's also an Indonesian grocery...

        ...five minutes away, on the other side of Queens Blvd., that's worth a look.

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        1. re: DaveCook

          glad you made it dave! totally agree with you on the hot sauce; forgot to mention it on my post here: it is really really good. tasty and pretty damn spicy.

          1. re: DaveCook

            great tip on that place dave, the place made my eye bulge with all the goodies available! lotta rice plates, lotta fritters, many things and the place also serves as a conduit for custom orders from all the local cooks. they had a big 3-part es cendol kit for $6.50 that should satisfy most cravings!

            1. re: bigjeff

              here is the place link.

              Indo Java
              8512 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373