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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.
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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.
|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.
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.
Espresso 77 – 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave.)
|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|