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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Eating and Drinking Your Way through Jackson Heights, Queens


THE BBQS
Straight from the outer boroughs
by Jerry Del Priore


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Jackson Heights is one of the most diverse areas in New York City, with a multitude of languages, ethnicities and backgrounds characterized by those who take up residency in this section of town. But there’s no denying its strong South American influence, represented by the many bars and restaurants that line the streets of this eclectic Queens neighborhood.

El Chivito d'Oro III84-02 37th Ave.
If you’re a true carnivore, then you’ll love El Chivito d'Oro (the Golden Goat). Though it’s not much for décor and atmosphere, the meat-loving beast within you won’t mind as you stuff yourself silly at this Uruguayan steakhouse.


MEAT! --via Yelp

If you’re not sure what to order, try the parrillada para 1 (mixed grill for one) — a delicious, generous assortment of hardy, perfectly marinated beef steak, sweetbreads, short ribs, mild chorizo, blood sausage and tender veal steak.

La Nueva Bakery – 86-10 37th Ave.
Arguably the best bakery in Jackson Heights (and there are a lot of them), La Nueva is renowned for its mammoth sized sandwiches and delectable Empanadas (Spinach, Chicken, Beef and Cheese). But this South American gem is also known for its wide selection of decadent pastries. 


Empanadas at La Nueva--via Yelp
The Alfajores—scrumptious light cookies with dulce de leche (a combination of milk and sugar that has been slowly cooked until the sugar caramelizes, producing a thick, creamy, intensely flavored spread) and just a little bit of coconut in the middle; Churros; fruit tarts; and a variety of mouthwatering cookies and cakes to go along with nice cup of steamed milk coffee—are all reasonably priced.  


La Nueva is arguably the best bakery in Jackson Heights--via Jackson-heights.net
Although it gets crowed at times, there always seems to be a place to sit down and indulge while you watch a futbol (soccer) game on TV in a festive atmosphere.

Pagliaccio Pizzeria8415 Northern Blvd. (Cash Only)
As a true pizza lover, in my opinion, a neighborhood wouldn’t be complete without an authentic pizza place. Thank goodness for Pagliaccio, a gourmet pizzeria that opened in October of 2012.

Pagliaccio is the brainchild of Raúl Bonetto, an Argentinian immigrant who moved to the U.S. as a young man. While Bonetto offers the standard NY-style by the slice and allows the customers to add their own options, the beauty of the restaurant lies in the specialty pies it creates.

Quattro Stagioni Pizza --via Facebook
For example, there’s the Quattro Stagioni Pizza, made with ham, artichokes, mushrooms and black olives, and the Fugazetta Rellena—stuffed fugazetta pizza, which contains double cream cheese, mozzarella, onion and olive oil.

But Bonetto’s pièce de résistance is the Circo, a thin-crusted pie smothered with sliced pepperoni, sausage, pancetta, green peppers and onions, served on a stand created by Bonetto that sits above the pizza. This pie contains three specialty sauces: red pepper, parsley and basil, and spicy green tomatillo and jalapeno for a little heat.

For desserts, try the Tangerine Cake and the Pionono con Dulce de Leche, an Argentinian jelly roll cake filled with dulce de leche and whipped cream—Oh, yeah!

La Gloria Restaurant Lounge  – 86-11 Northern Blvd.
Jackson Heights is populated with its fair share of dives, but La Gloria is anything but an eyesore. Beautifully lit with sleek, deep colors and a wonderful, elaborate wood finish that helps accent the exposed red-brick walls and granite floors, it’s the perfect place for a romantic meal or a friendly gathering with friends and family. 

While some places seem to pour everything into ambiance, only to fall short when it comes to fare, La Gloria’s menu equals its panache style. From the tasty appetizers and flavorsome main courses to the cocktail assortment, this Latin hotspot has you covered.


Cocktails at La Gloria--via Yelp
The lounge is next door to the restaurant, and plays a range of music—from Latin and Top 40 to House and Reggae. But get there after midnight, when things really start to heat up.

Espresso 77  35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave.)
An independent coffee shop, Espresso 77 offers more than average cup of Joe. Sure, there’s a complete array of coffee drinks. But what makes this place special is its creative vibe, captured through the local art that adorns one of its walls, and is regularly rotated. It also features live music on a regular basis.


The Arty Espresso 77--via Facebook
As for the coffee, it’s sourced from Gimme coffee, a small artisanal roastery that serves retail, wholesale, and web customers. In addition, there’s an extensive selection of teas from Harney and Sons, baked goods from Queens’ own Cannelle Patisserie, and an assortment of sweet and savory bites from local vendors.

Espresso 77's menu includes salads and sandwiches for a light lunch or dinner, and breakfast items like the Challah french toast. If your caffeine infusion isn’t enough, there’s a choice list of craft beers and wines to sip while taking in the local art.

Espresso 77's famous Challah french toast--via Yelp

2 comments:

Phil Holtberg said...

Awesome writeup! Jackson Heights has some amazing food. Wonderful pictures too. I'll have some of those empanadas!

Phil
www.blog.theegularguynyc.cm

tracy kaler said...

I've only been to Jackson Heights once and that was for a baby shower. I am looking forward to getting back to this hood to check out the scene!

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