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Jackson Heights Lunch Ideas?

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I am fortunate enough to be volunteering in Jackson Heights once a week for the next three weeks. I want to take the opportunity to have lunch each time I'm out there. I will be in the 91st and 34th area. I'm know I have a variety of excellent options to choose from. Any ideas and suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

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  1. Hit up the street carts from 82nd st onward. Get a pandebono on 82nd st half way down the block near the movie theater. Get either fritatas or hornado from the pork lady (and family) near Junction Blvd. All of these are carts. Eat your inside meals in Taqueria Coatzingo (under the el not on 82nd st), Deshi Biryani, maybe give Spicy Mina's a try but definitely low priority, etc. You're in food paradise. That alone covers you. The street food, Taqueria Coatzingo and Deshi Biryani CAN NOT BE MISSED and I personally believe are essential for survival.

    1. You're very close to Pio Pio as well.

      1. Pizza Sam on Northern btwn 89th and 90th has a decent slice and decent sandwiches. For a more gourmet pizza I really like the pizza at La Cabana on Northern btwn 86th and 87th (steak on pizza??? who wouldn't love it?). There's also Mama's Empanada's and Papa's Empanadas, both around 86th street for colombian style empanadas. Further West on Northern Blvd ... I've heard pretty good things about Xtasis (82nd st) and Perrada de Chalo (83rd st), both doing Latin American version of burgers.

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        1. re: mepm231

          i'd highly recommend grabbing a few empanadas from mama's for the road. they sell hot and ready to eat as well as frozen varieties, and i've never had one i didn't like...well, the kielbasa and sauerkraut was a little bit of culture shock, but maybe that's just the voice of my beloved late polish grandma from above. here's a look at the choices:

          http://mamasempanadas.com/home.html

        2. there are some good choices on this thread:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/493804

          37th ave offers La Nueva around 86th or 87th street for delicious panini, empanadas, pandebono and other sudamerican treats.