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Fourth Annual Momo Crawl to be held next month

(source: Sahadev Poudel)

(source: Sahadev Poudel)

Oct. 30, 2015 By Michael Florio

Dumpling fans rejoice.

The fourth annual momo crawl is taking place next month in Jackson Heights.

More than 20 restaurants and food carts from around the neighborhood will offer $1 momos, a Himalayan or Tibetan dumpling, on Nov. 14 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., according to event organizer Jeff Orlick.

“The deal is every vendor has to sell a momo for $1 a piece,” Orlick said.

All of the participating restaurants are within a half mile from the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue subway station.

Attendees will meet up at Diversity Plaza, located at 37th Road and 73rd Street. There they can purchase a map that has each participating restaurant marked off. The maps are pay-what-you-want, Orlick said.

Participants will then be able to walk around the neighborhood and attend any of the restaurants that they choose. They can show the map to receive the $1 momo deal.

Participating vendors include Little Tibet, Himalayan Yak, Delhi Heights, Woodside Café and Patola Fresh Momo truck.

Orlick is expecting 1,000 attendees this year. Last year 800 people attended from all over the city, he said.

The first two years he hosted the event less than 100 people attended each year.

“It started with me and a group of friends and grew every year,” he said.

Orlick, a Jackson Heights resident for the past nine years, decided to host the crawl after noticing a large amount of Himalayan and Tibetan restaurants in the neighborhood.

“I enjoyed them and wanted to share them with everyone else,” he said. “This area should be known for its momos.”

Following the crawl, participants will return to Diversity Plaza, where they can vote for their favorite momo. The winning restaurant will receive a trophy.


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