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.
86-10 Justice Avenue
Elmhurst, NY 11373
86-10 Justice Ave, Queens, NY 11373
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.
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!