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Upi Jaya - Thumbs Up

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Upi Jaya - Thumbs Up

Cara | Jun 19, 2005 02:32 PM

Upi Jaya is a modest family-owned Indonesian restaurant on Woodside and 76th St. not far from the Roosevelt Ave. train stop. It is sweetly decorated and impeccably clean. The service is excellent and the owner/waiter seems genuinely thrilled to have you there. From what I saw, the Indonesian community is supporting this place well, so I assume it's the real thing. It was certainly delicious. I know nothing of Indonesian cuisine and ordered gado-gado based on the recs of Chowhound posters. It's a filling dish comprised of vegetables, eggs and tofu, held together with a gorgeous spicy peanut sauce. I also ordered a yummy fried tempeh appetizer on the advice of the waiter that came with a jazzy ketchup-looking sauce that was decidedly not ketchup.

I observed an Indonesian party of six chowing down on a feast of curries, whole fish and a variety of dishes that I couldn't possibly describe, but that I wish I could have tried. The next step will be to return with some adventurous friends and order half the menu. The prices are very reasonable, so it can be done (my bill came to $10.26 including tax). And the owner/waiter will be more than happy to guide you in ordering.

This is one of those places I love to support. Expand your culinary horizons and keep some hardworking, talented, lovely people in business.

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