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Jackson Heights - Mini Walking/Eating Tour

nabilfawzi Sep 23, 2008 06:32 PM

I'm going to be taking about 10 college students to Jackson Heights in a few weeks and wanted to get some suggestions for some spots to sample different cuisine. We're going to end up at the Indian section for a late lunch. So suggestions for other types of cuisine would be appreciated.


  1. Jeffsayyes Sep 24, 2008 03:59 PM

    if you are going on a friday or saturday, check out the arepa lady on roos and 82nd. they are pretty much heavenly and won't fill you up. I'm not exactly sure of the hours she keeps, you should verify if you are interested.

    tip: if you are going on a food tour, don't get big meals, little bites all around. it sucks wehn you're full in jackson heights.

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    1. re: Jeffsayyes
      tabs Oct 25, 2008 04:12 PM

      Is she still there? I've never seen her.

      1. re: tabs
        david sprague Oct 25, 2008 06:48 PM

        still there:
        roosevelt and 79th on weekends. after 11...midnight to be safe. doggone, those arepas are amazing!

    2. DaveCook Sep 23, 2008 09:47 PM

      I'll suggest Tacos Guicho, on the south side of Roosevelt at Gleane St., the elotes and esquites cart, on the southwest corner of Roosevelt and 82nd, and Aqui Colombia Antojitos, on 37th Ave.:


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      1. re: DaveCook
        bigjeff Aug 3, 2009 02:49 PM

        dave, which cholado do you like better? aqui colombia or el palacio? is aqui's cholado really $3 and el palacio's $5? what's the standard going rate? I think I'm done with asian shaved ice and moving on to the good latin one.

        1. re: bigjeff
          DaveCook Aug 3, 2009 08:11 PM

          I'm not sure I've had a cholado from Aqui Colombia Antojitos, where the champus is $3:


          The $4 rendition at Pecas Y Mas is fine...


          ...but I'd say the $5 cholado at El Palacio (linked to in that second post) has the edge, and offers fair value for the money.

          1. re: DaveCook
            JH Jill Aug 3, 2009 09:23 PM

            I've had both and I prefer the Palacio de los Cholados on Northern. They're both good, but the Palacio one just seemed like a bigger deal, makes you fall for the whole idea of the cholado the perfect hot weather treat.

      2. JH Jill Sep 23, 2008 08:20 PM

        There was a thread about students (perhaps younger, but it might be apropos) awhile ago. There are a number of suggestions for light food, etc. I'm not sure how to do create a link, but it's here: <http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/505485>

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        1. re: JH Jill
          JFores Oct 28, 2008 04:33 AM

          I wrote an entire step by step tour on that. Eat at Deshi Biryani if you want a late lunch in the Bengali section (the people that actually live in the area are now Bengali/Bangladeshi. The "Indians" are mostly driving in from elsewhere (other parts of Queens, Long Island, or Jersey) for wedding shopping and such. Eat at the carts for Hispanic food as well as at the pandebono bakery on 82nd. You might want to consider a walk over to Chao Thai for some Thai food as well, but it'll be a bit trek-ish.

          1. re: JFores
            Mike V Oct 28, 2008 07:22 AM

            I just recently discovered a Bakery on 37th Ave next to the Stationary Store and Jahn's that also has Spanish food that's sold in the rear. Its only available for lunch and it looked good with several entrees. They have seating.

            1. re: Mike V
              JFores Oct 30, 2008 07:40 AM

              What country are the owners from?



              1. re: JFores
                Mike V Oct 30, 2008 09:07 AM

                Justin, I'm really not certain but I will find out. I'm guessing Columbian.

                1. re: Mike V
                  squid kun Oct 30, 2008 04:36 PM

                  Sounds like this place, which DaveCook mentioned earlier (and describes on his excellent blog; check out his link). Counter on the left as you walk in?

                  Aqui Colombia
                  81-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

                  1. re: squid kun
                    tabs Oct 30, 2008 05:56 PM

                    If this is the right place. It has a great cholado...ice with condensed milk and fruit that they sell in the front.

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