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On your marks! Get set! Go…to the closest Tibetan or Nepalese chef! Momo Crawl 2014 is set for Saturday, November 22nd, and this year’s goal is to eat through the pain. During this third annual event, participants will gather near the Jackson Heights Food Court marquee to receive copies of Momo Mandala Map 2014 from the organizer, Jeff Orlick. Then they will stroll at their leisure to roughly 20 participating restaurants and street vendors within a half-mile radius to buy these Himalayan dumplings (see above) for $1 each. Some vendors will add to the fun with special promotions. For example, at Gangjong Kitchen, crawlers will be able to win free dinners by successfully whistling after eating a momo with the special house sauce. Little Tibet will add its spice by offering momo-making lessons, drink specials, and even henna tattoos. At the end of the event, crawlers will meet at the Jackson Heights Food Court to vote on who deserves the coveted Momo Trophy (below).

Details: Momo Crawl 2014, Jackson Heights Food Court, 73-07 37th Road, Jackson Heights, November 22nd, 2 pm to 5 pm, pay Orlick three bills of any denomination to join the fun.

Photos: Jeffrey Tastes

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Manhattan has the inspiring Empire State Building. Paris has the romantic Eiffel Tower. Queens has authentic, affordable and amazing restaurants. Lots of them. A culinary tour company that debuts this weekend, Local Finds: Queens Food Tours, hopes to bring taste-conscious tourists to as many borough establishments as possible. This two-person agency will organize weekly food sampling and cultural walking tours of Long Island City for now with hopes to expand to Flushing, Jamaica, Richmond Hill and the Rockaways as soon as possible. One of the company’s two founders, Queens native Sergey Kadinsky, will lead three-hour journeys every Sunday morning, starting at 11 am. Kadinsky, who also works for City Council Member Karen Koslowitz, will bring patrons to six local establishments, including a micro-brewery, a hip coffee shop and Manducatis Rustica (photo), where signature dishes will be awaiting. Plus, participants will receive a brochure with a neighborhood map, list of attractions, and recommendations for about 30 other great eateries in the area. 

“When it comes to good eats, Queens is the king of the boroughs,” stated Richard Mumith, the other founder and a former Council Member Koslowitz employee. “We are all about discovering, eating, and supporting…local.”

A list of other Queens food tour guides is on the jump page.

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Note: This post has been updated from the original guide published on June 27, 2012. 

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Joe DiStefano writes about everything food trucks and underground dives to fine-dining and trendy hotspots. His obsession with ethnic food comes from his childhood trips to Chinatown and his rich Italian-American heritage. Joe is an intrepid walker, unafraid to explore new territory and chat with cooks and eaters alike. His candid posts delve into the vibrant flavors, meals, cuisines, and cultures that make Queens one of the most unique food spots on the globe. Read more about Joe on Twitter and Facebook.