It's been quite awhile since I went to Jamaica, but a mall near York College had a decent food court with foods from around the world. I liked the Senegalese restaurant.
Google brought up the following interesting choices:
Maimas Liberian Bistro & Bar
10647 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY - (718) 206-3538 - 0.9 mi NW
Seamorhen Fish & Chicken Catering
(1 pretty positive review by Eric Asimov-Jerk Chicken etc.)
11829 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11434
Lavrador Portuguese Restaurant (good Eric Asimov review and Gayot review)
13840 101st Ave, Jamaica, NY - (718) 526-1526 http://olavradornyc.com/
Churrasqueria Restaurant - more info »
9529 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, NY - (718) 523-5293 -
I work in that area as well, and I've found a few decent places in walking distance:
Pio Pio Riko on Hillside and Parsons - I usually get 1/4 chicken with salad and tostones. The green sauce rocks!
I second Margherita for pizza. It's expensive but delicious. Right off of Guy R. Brewer on Jamaica Ave.
Cafe Arts and Carafes - on Jamaica, one block before Sutphin. Decent coffee shop and bakery. It's definitely the most Manhattan-ish eatery in the area. I've been disappointed a few times, but will occasionally order a salad or sandwich.
Jamaica Market Food Court - the chinese restaurant in there is the best I've tried in the neighborhood. Also love the juice bar for shakes. The bakery has excellent red velvet cake, and there's a farmer's market every Friday on the 160th side.
I've heard good thing about, but haven't yet been to - Falafel Station on Hillside next to Pio Pio Riko, Sagar on Hillside and 168th, Puerto Plata on Jamaica Ave near Sutphin.
I've been working in this neighborhood for almost a year, and still on the hunt for more lunch options. If you find anything worth trying, please post!
OK don't laugh but there's a Popeyes on Liberty Avenue right behind YOrk - good fried chicken and biscuits
going toward the Van Wyck right after Tuckerton Street and before Sutphin there's a little deli called "little anthony's" nothing special but decent hot food and a good egg sandwich in the morning. Never had their pizza, so cann't vouch for it.
continue (by car )on Liberty Avenue and cross the Van Wyck and you come to a west indian section. Sybils has a branch not too far off the van wyck. there are tons of other east and west indian options. I recently posted about a indonesian caribbean joint. Warung something or another -