Central and South American food Jackon Heights
Heading to Jackson Heights with about 12 college students to sample Central and South American food. I noticed one of the bigger threads is sort of old so that is why I am requesting suggestions.
Also a friend pointed out most of the places on Roosevelt above 75th and higher tend to be south and not necessarily central american.... a good mix of both regions is what we are trying to show the students.
(We're going on Saturday 11/19/11)
Thanks in advance.
As a long-time resident of Jackson Heights, I must say that I really don't know of any Central American restaurants here. There may be some street vendors from El Salvador among those under the 82nd St #7 station. Most carts in JH are Mexican, and we do have some recommendable indoor Mexican on Roosevelt — Taquería Coatzingo and Tacos Mexico around 90th Street. What we do have are many South American restaurants. I like El Chivito d'Oro (37th at 84th) for Argentine/Uruguayan grilled meats and pasta. For my taste, the best thing about Colombian food is the not-so-sweet buñuelos and pan de bono/almohabanas that are sold in many Colombian bakeries in the area, including Cositas Ricas, which has a counter where you can eat. In warmer weather, there's nothing like a cholado, and the Palacio de los Cholados on Northern Blvd (83rd/84th) is probably our best. There are a lot of new Peruvian places I haven't tried, many on Northern Blvd. including Pio Pio (good but just chicken), but Inti Raimi on 37th Ave between 86th/87th is pretty good, and I've heard good things about Urubamba at 87th. La Nueva Bakery on that same block has a great Uruguayan/Argentine empanada selection along with lots of their sweet pastries and breads as well as Colombian ones. The Casa del Pollo Peruano (several on Roosevelt) is an informal place where you could stop for salchipapas - French fries mixed with hot dog bits, though I like their spareribs with the green hot sauce. There's also lots of Ecuadorian food. I haven't been blown away by any of it, so perhaps others can help; I know some people like the food trucks parked on Warren Street just off Roosevelt near Junction Blvd. At present, I'm not sure if you can find Bolivian or Paraguayan food here. There was a Venezuelan place that sold stuffed arepas on 37th Ave in the low 90s, but I'm not sure if it's still there. I don't recall seeing any Brazilian places here lately either. Hope this helps. My recent experiences have not been terribly positive (Avoid Meson Colombiano and Mi Tenampa), although I did have some pretty good Colombian fare at La Pequeña Colombia.
El Chivito D'Oro
84-02 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372
76-05 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
84-02 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11372
La Pequena Colombia
83-27 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
86-14 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372
86-20 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372
La Nueva Bakery
86-10 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372
79-19 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
La Casa del Pollo Peruano
87-07 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
El Palacio de Los Cholados
83-18 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11372
88-12 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
El Meson Colombiano
82-11 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
96-14 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11368
It's a farther walk, but worth it, to head north to Northern Blvd. in the mid-70s - mid-80s. Great Colombian and Ecuadorean restaurants, shops, bakeries and a huge/beautiful pan-South American grocery story (Mi Tierra).
Mi Tierra Supermarket
85-15 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372