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Jul 27, 2010 10:52 AM

Corona Recs?

There seems to be a good variety of Latin American spots in Corona? I usually head out just for the Lemon Ice King but would like to make a full meal out of it with some of the Latin food in the area. Any good recs for Colombian, Peruvian or Mexican? Or anything else? These are just the flags I saw flying.


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  1. i am just waiting for jeffsayyes to jump in on this. read his blog:
    he's got a big crush on corona.

    the most user friendly place will be the ueber-buzzed to Tortilleria Nixtamal, with its homemade masa. El Globo is good for more street style tacos, I hear. Tulcingo is veritable Mexican restaurant with more dinner-like entrees. And then of course, you have a ton of Ecuadorian street vendors along Roosevelt from Junction Blvd to 103rd.

    The list goes on and on...

    El Globo
    42-13 102nd St, Queens, NY 11368

    Tortilleria Nixtamal
    104-05 47th Ave, Queens, NY 11368

    1. I second Tortilleria Nixtamal. Their tamales and tacos are awesome.

      Tortilleria Nixtamal
      104-05 47th Ave, Queens, NY 11368

      1. there are a TON of great places there. I recommend you go hunting without a map and give us the results.

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        1. re: Jeffsayyes

          BUT, if you want some places that don't seem like park slope, you could check out Gauchito on corona ave for argentinian, rincon criollo for cuban, hermes for dominican (not sure of exact location, early 100s, north of roosevelt) - very interesting scene. Bekys bakery for mexican/colombian ive been satisfied at.

          There are so many places that need to be uncovered. I apologize for my vaguery before, but you must understand that I need help finding what's awesome here.

          El Gauchito
          94-60 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11373

          Beky Bakery & Coffee Shop
          37-38 103rd St, Queens, NY 11368

          1. re: Jeffsayyes

            Second Rincon Criollo. We had a great meal there -- attentive service, a surprising array of tasty vegetarian options (yuca con mojo and some seriously flavorful frijoles negros!), and tangy, tender ropa vieja that had everyone raving.

            The red snapper (photo attached) was more subtly flavored (garlic, cayenne, salt, pepper was our guess) but enjoyable, none the less.

            Fun to have Estrella Damm again -- brought back memories of Barcelona!

            Full details of our meal are at:

            Rincon Criollo
            40-09 Junction Blvd, Queens, NY 11368

            1. re: CitySpoonful

              I must concur with the accolades for Rincon Criollo. Before I left NYC for good last month, I was going through my list of places I needed to visit, and Rincon Criollo gave me one of the best final meals in NYC. Add to that some of the best service I've had recently in NYC as well, and that is a winning combination. After one very good meal, I decided I really wanted to go again because we had such a great experience (and I had sadly neglected Rincon Criollo for a few years). While the standards like rabo encendido (stewed oxtail), ropa vieja, tostones, moros, chuletas, etc., will satisfy anyone wanting a good version of these dishes, the most memorable dish I had was the arroz con pollo. I'm guilty of overlooking arroz con pollo as a fairly pedestrian dish, and that's probably because I've so many pedestrian versions of it. Until I had the one at Rincon Criollo. It upset me that there was this version right under my nose all this time, and I wasn't wise to it. It was better than the best paella I've had in NYC, but I guess that's not saying much. I've never had an arroz con pollo (let alone paella) that had as deep a flavor of stock, and the rice was cooked to the level of the best risotto I've probably had in NYC. Our table was pretty much dumbfounded by the dish, since we were at a little unassuming shop on Junction Blvd, and not at some haute temple in Manhattan. But it was easily better than any rice dish I've had in NYC in the last decade. Make sure to order the arroz con pollo for 2 on the menu, and not the weekly special version. While I'm sure the one on the weekly special is just fine, our waiter expressed that the one on the menu is made from scratch and takes over 20 minutes to serve. Get that one.

              Honorable mention to the codfish fritters as well.

              I'm disappointed that I let Rincon Criollo fall into my "blind spot" while I was living just a few stops away on the 7 train, but it will likely be one of my first stops when I come back to visit NYC.

              Rincon Criollo
              40-09 Junction Blvd, Queens, NY 11368

              1. re: E Eto

                Agreed. Rincon Criollo is amazing. Fiance and I took our 6 month old baby - so kid friendly. I had the Steak Rincon Criollo and she had the Roast Pork (like butter). Fried plantains were great. Coffee and flan for dessert (hottest coffee I've ever had - we joked that we'd be there all night waiting for it to cool enough to drink - in fact - got a ticket for expired meter when I returned to our car). Agreed - the service was terrific. Good choice for dinner before or after Citifield, zoo (that's where we'd spent the day), hall of science, or Queens Museum... [FYI - they only take Amex - just bring cash]

                Rincon Criollo
                40-09 Junction Blvd, Queens, NY 11368

        2. love the neighborhood. i use to live nearby in elmhurst. i forgot a lot of the bakeries but i do remember el hornero. for restaurants i remember la cabana, la nueva brisa, empanadas cafe and tortlleria nixtamal. i've never tried any of the italian food in the area but i've heard good things.

          Empanadas Cafe
          56-27 Van Doren St, Queens, NY 11368

          El Hornero
          96-08 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

          La Brisa
          37-79 103rd St, Queens, NY 11368

          La Cabana
          39-17 103rd St, Queens, NY 11368

          1. Quisqueya, Cositas Ricas, and Pollos a la Brasa Mario. The later two on open 24 hours I believe and may not technically be in corona. Quisqueya is a domincan restaurant on 97th and roosevelt their kitchen closes late but it's not 24 hours. Everything I've had there is good. Even simple things like rice and beans and a ham\cheese sandwich are great.

            Cositas Ricas
            79-19 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

            97-03 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11368