Second Annual Momo Crawl Launches in Jackson Heights


Nepalese momo of the type known as kothey, at Lali Guras

Momo are Himalayan dumplings, usually round and puckered, but sometimes oblong with a ridge on top. They can be either steamed or fried, and can be stuffed with a variety of substances, often including lamb and onions. Over the last decade, the number of Tibetan, Nepalaese, and other Himalayan eateries has skyrocketed in Jackson Heights, in an area long dominated by Indian restaurants. In celebration of the humble-but-extraordinarily-tasty dumpling, a momo crawl will be held Sunday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m.

The crawl is being organized by Jeff Orlick, who has identified 19 places in the area that serve the dumplings. This is the second annual iteration of this event, which was limited to 30 people last year, but is expected to balloon to 100 participants or more this year. For $2, each diner will receive a map with all the locations, to be stamped when a dumpling at each place has been consumed. Votes will be tallied at the end to determine the best dumpling, and a trophy will be awarded to the winner.

Meeting place: Jackson Heights Plaza (37th Rd between 74th Street and Broadway, Jackson Heights, Queens), Sunday, May 19, 1:30 p.m.

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Steamed momo at Phayul in Jackson Heights