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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!
I’ll share my experience!
Exploring Queens Index:
Part 4 – Upi Jaya Restaurant
My Experience at Upi Jaya Restaurant
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!
It’s located on 76th Street, near Broadway. And not far from Jackson Heights, which is another great neighborhood filled with excellent ethnic restaurants.
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.
There was plenty to choose from on the menu. And the prices weren’t expensive. I liked how the spiciest dishes were clearly marked! 🙂
I was also pleased at their vegetarian selection. I had plenty of delicious options!
I ordered the Perkedel Kentang (potato fritters) and Tahu Goreng (tofu with green chilis!) as an appetizer.
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.
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:
- United Airlines – United Airlines miles are easy to earn. If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, Ink Preferred, or Ink Plus or Ink Bold (both no longer available), you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to transfer partners like United Airlines. Check out my post on how to use United Airlines miles.
- Southwest – Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Southwest, too! Plus, if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend can fly with you for (almost) free!
- British Airways – If you’re a short flight away from New York, you can save miles by using British Airways Avios points to book an award flight on American Airlines. You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points, American Express Membership Rewards points, and Starwood points to British Airways.
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 Park, Rockefeller 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!
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!