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Who serves the best Jackson Heights momo?

Crawl attendees to vote on tastiest Himalayan dumpling

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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:23 am, Thu May 23, 2013.

Only one will be crowned No. 1.

On Sunday at 1:30 p.m. about 100 foodies are expected to gather at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, at the confluence of 37th Road, 74th Street and Broadway, to kick off the second annual Momo Crawl. Last year 30 hungry folks participated.

The event led by the neighborhood’s unofficial food expert, Jeff Orlick — who blogs about the best eateries on iwantmorefood.com, leads delicious tours down Roosevelt Avenue and has organized events such as Viva la Comida on 82nd Street — celebrates Jackson Heights’ growing Himalayan, Tibetan and Nepalese populations. The crawl is co-sponsored by Sukhi, the nonprofit that oversees events at the plaza.

The opening of the Friends Cafe brings the total number of establishments serving momos — the traditional doughy orbs (fried or steamed), which are filled with veggies, various meats and cheese originally from the mountainous region between India and China — in the area up to 19. Other restaurants on the list include the Himalayan Yak, Tibetan Mobile, Peace Restaurant Cafe, Woodside Cafe and Lali Guras.

Groups of eight will be handed a map, for the cost of two bills of any denomination, of the crawler’s choice.

The maps will be stamped at each restaurant and the cost of the dumplings will be split amongst the group members.

“This population of Tibetans, Nepalese and the surrounding cultures have had such a positive effect on our area, I want to be strong in welcoming new immigrants to New York City,” Orlick said in a Facebook invitation. “These entrepreneurs of our area, these locals who have the courage not to open up a Subway, need our support.”

At the end, one momo haven will be named the most delicious and given a trophy — a momo replica that Orlick and his father, Lester, are in the midst of creating. Artist Alyssa D’anna will be painting the prize gold. It also will light up and be about the size of an infant, Orlick said.

A fun reminder of a very fun event.

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