Daraius’ Adventures in Queens: Part 4 – Upi Jaya Restaurant

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I always have a great time when I visit New York.  And usually focus on Manhattan, like most tourists.  But this time, I decided to spend more time in Queens.

On my way to the US Open tournament, I stopped for a meal at Upi Jaya, an Indonesian restaurant in Elmhurst, in central Queens.  It was fantastic and authentic!

Upi Jaya Restaurant

My Favorite Meals Always Involve a Bib

I’ll share my experience!

Exploring Queens Index:

Part 1 – Hyatt Herald Square Review

Part 2 – My Haircut at Moon Barber Shop in Jackson Heights

Part 3 – Sri Pra Phai Restaurant

Part 4 – Upi Jaya Restaurant

Part 5 – Trip to the US Open Tournament

My Experience at Upi Jaya Restaurant

Link:   Upi Jaya Restaurant Reviews

Upi Jaya in Elmhurst, Queens, was along my way to the US Open tournament.  I decided to try it because Indonesian food is usually flavorful and spicy – and I love spicy food!

Upi Jaya Restaurant

The Exterior Doesn’t Hint at How Homey the Inside Is!

It’s located on 76th Street, near Broadway.  And not far from Jackson Heights, which is another great neighborhood filled with excellent ethnic restaurants.

Upi Jaya Restaurant

A “Cash Only” Sign Is the Key to My Heart – and Stomach!

Plus, like all good ethnic restaurants, this place was cash only.  That means no bonus points for dining!  But these kind of places usually have the tastiest food, in my opinion.

Upi Jaya Restaurant

Reasonable Prices and a Big Menu

There was plenty to choose from on the menu.  And the prices weren’t expensive.  I liked how the spiciest dishes were clearly marked! 🙂

Upi Jaya Restaurant

Lots of Veggie Choices

I was also pleased at their vegetarian selection.  I had plenty of delicious options!

Upi Jaya Restaurant

Fried Potatoes and Fried Tofu

I ordered the Perkedel Kentang (potato fritters) and Tahu Goreng (tofu with green chilis!) as an appetizer.

Upi Jaya Restaurant

Rice & Curry Are My Comfort Foods

And for the main course, I got the Sayur Lodeh (mixed vegetables in curry).

The food was authentic and tasty.

For my drink, I ordered an  Es Pokat (avocado blended with shaved ice and condensed milk), which was freshly made and not from a bottle.

Upi Jaya Restaurant

It Looks Very Exotic

The cafe and service made me feel like I was in someone’s home!  After I finished, I pulled out my laptop and hung around to get some work done.  No one tried to rush me out.  And I felt very welcomed and peaceful.

Overall, this was a fantastic experience.  I highly recommend Upi Jaya should you ever find yourself in Elmhurst, Queens. 🙂

You Can Do It Too

Want to visit New York?  It’s easy to use your miles & points to do it on the cheap!  Here are a few ideas:

1.   Flights

2.   Hotels

New York is full of hotels you can book with points!  For example, there are ~30 Starwood hotels and 12 Hyatt hotels around New York City!  I also like Airbnb for larger groups, or for a more authentic feel.

One of my favorite hotels is the Andaz 5th Avenue.  The big plus of this hotel is its proximity to major attractions, like Central ParkRockefeller Center, and Times Square.  It costs 25,000 Hyatt points per night.  This is a great hotel to stay at if you want to use the 2 free nights that come with the Chase Hyatt card.  Or stay 4 nights with the sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Reserve!

Bottom Line

Upi Jaya restaurant serves fantastic Indonesian food in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens.  The cafe felt homey and everything I ordered was delicious, authentic, and best of all, spicy!  

I’m glad I spent more time in Queens this time around.  And wish I could eat my way through every restaurant there!

If you visit New York, I recommend spending some time in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst because the restaurants are locally owned and very down-to-earth.  And feel free to add your tips in the comments!

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2 responses to “Daraius’ Adventures in Queens: Part 4 – Upi Jaya Restaurant

  1. why do you still have a beard in this photo after getting a straight shave from the barber?