JH Restaurants to Impress?
Just moved to JH and was looking for a few restaurants here that would impress my friends in Manhattan and encourage them to take an 11 minute subway ride to my new neighborhood.
Most people coming from outside JHs like going to the Jackson Diner. It's one of the best know Indian restaurants, good food (assuming you all like Indian food) and fun looking inside. And that part of town is very unique. Plus it's one block from the Roosevelt Ave. train station which makes it real convenient. If you like Thai food, there's Arunee Thai on 79th St. right off of Roosevelt. Both these places are moderately priced, have beers and are different looking inside. Do you and your friends like spicy foods? Cuz these are spicier than American food.
Pio Pio on Northern though on weekend evenings there's a huge wait. Great fun, festive atmosphere, cheap fantastic food etc.
La Porteña on 37th Ave near 75th has fun gaucho decor and very good Argentine fare. It's also quite near the 74th/Bway/Roosevelt subway stop.
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I would second Pio Pio for being a fun alternative (for price and atmosphere) to Manhattan (although I think there is, or at least once was an upper east side branch of it). I have friends who regularly journey for La Portena (affordable for steaks). I think Deshi Biryiani has a cute atmosphere and I prefer it to Jackson Diner.