By JARED COHEE
Dispatch from Springfield Boulevard, Queens Village:
A small detached building on a quiet stretch of Springfield Boulevard in Queens Village is the home of Hi Luck. The front is a patchwork of everything happening inside; signs for the law firm above and karate studio below the restaurant compete for visual attention with the year-and-a-half–old Filipino joint’s picture menu. The sometimes-steamy window also displays the simple greeting “Tuloy po kayo,” a formal welcome in Tagalog that is just a hint of the conviviality inside.
If you come to Queens Village via Hillside Avenue, you will pass the Benigno Aquino Triangle in Hollis, a tiny piece of land named in honor of a politician either loved or hated, depending on whom you talk to in the Philippines. The neighborhoods of Jamaica, Hollis and Queens Village, while not as dense with Filipinos as Woodside, have a significant population themselves. Many more have been moving farther out to Nassau County and beyond. This as a whole is the customer base for Hi Luck, although I did see a woman from New Jersey come in to pick up a large order as well.
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