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Bella Puebla Replaces Pondok Jakarta on the Eater 38

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Paul Crispin Quitoriano

Only on the very rarest of occasions does it become necessary to make an emergency change to the Eater 38, but today is one of those days. Eater learns that Pondok Jakarta, the Elmhurst Indonesian restaurant that Robert Sietsema praised for its fried chicken, peanut sauce, and satays, has shuttered. So, it's been taken off the 38, and another excellent Queens restaurant takes its place.

The newest addition to the Eater 38 is Bella Puebla, the Jackson Heights Mexican restaurant that Robert Sietsema awarded three stars back in July. It is, he says, "the rare taqueria with a full southern Mexican menu prepared to receive the general public in every way, offering such exotica as tacos arabes, chicken in a novel red pipian (pumpkinseed) sauce, and a fiery hot adobo de puerco." Here's a look at the revised Eater 38:

The 38 Essential New York restaurants. >>

Bella Puebla

94-11 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372