Straight from the outer boroughs
|by clgregor via Flickr|
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.
Chivito d’Oro III – 84-02 37th Ave.
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
|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.
Bakery – 86-10
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|
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
|La Nueva is arguably the best bakery in Jackson Heights–-via Jackson-heights.net|
La Gloria Restaurant Lounge – 86-11
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
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
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.
|Cocktails at La Gloria–via Yelp|
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 famous Challah french toast–via Yelp|