Jackson Heights, Queens: Walk Where the World Finds a Home

By Michael Kimmelman Aug. 27, 2020

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With a population of around 180,000 people speaking some 167 languages, or so locals like to point out, Jackson Heights in north-central Queens, though barely half the size of Central Park, is the most culturally diverse neighborhood in New York, if not on the planet. The brainchild of commercial real estate developers in the early years of the last century who hoped to entice white, middle-class Manhattanites seeking a suburban lifestyle a short subway ride away, Jackson Heights has become a magnet for Latinos, those who identify as L.G.B.T.Q., South Asians and just about everybody else seeking a foothold in the city and a slice of the American pie.

Suketu Mehta is a New York University professor and the author of “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found” and “ This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto .” What follows is the latest in a series of (edited, condensed) walks around the city .

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Even by New York standards, Jackson Heights is changing so fast and contains so many different communities that no single walk can begin to take in the whole neighborhood. There’s a booming Latin American cultural scene, a growing Nepali and Tibetan contingent, an urban activist movement, pioneering car bans on local streets. This is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s district, and it is represented by a longtime openly gay city councilman named Daniel Dromm. It was also one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the Covid-19 outbreak in the spring.

Mehta was born in Kolkata, India and raised in Mumbai. He moved with his family to Jackson Heights in 1977. His parents came to expand the family diamond business. At that time, he was 14 and, like the city, Jackson Heights was going through a rough patch.

He and I “met” the other day (virtually, by phone) at Diversity Plaza, the blocklong stretch of street, pedestrianized in 2012, which has become Jackson Heights’s de facto town square and a proud symbol of Queens as the city’s most international borough. Half a block away, Patel Brothers, the Indian grocer, does brisk business. The plaza attracts tourists coming off the subway, looking for cheap eats, and is a meeting spot for locals, who hang out and debate politics, pick up prescriptions from the Bangladeshi pharmacy, and buy momos and samosas from the shops and food stalls that, cheek by jowl, pack both sides of the block.

Michael Kimmelman It’s almost miraculous, the effect just closing off a single street to cars has had.

Suketu Mehta If I were Baudelaire, this is where I would do my flâneur thing. For a dollar you can get some paan and eavesdrop.

Paan, the betel leaf.

You’ll notice all these signs around the plaza pleading with people not to spit betel juice.

In vain, clearly.

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As in the homeland, such pleas tend to be honored more in the breach. I also want to point out a food bazaar in the plaza called Ittadi.

Occupying a former Art Deco movie palace from the 1930s.

It was originally called the Earle. When I was growing up, the Earle showed pornographic films. By the ’80s it had turned into a Bollywood theater. The new owners didn’t want to invest in a wholesale remaking of the old Earle sign, so they just changed one letter and renamed it the Eagle. You could see the G was in a totally different font. The Eagle remained popular until video stores around the corner started selling cheap pirated copies of the same films that were showing in the theater. I remember walking into one of those stores with a Bollywood director, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, with whom I had written a script. Without saying who he was, he asked for pirated copies of his own movies. When it turned out there were plenty of them for sale he started yelling at the owners, saying they were stealing his stuff.

So they invited him for tea. They said they were so honored to have him in the store, even though he was yelling at them.

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Did they say they would stop selling pirated copies?

Of course not. There was no way they were not going to do that. They said they were selling loads and loads of his films, that he was hugely popular, and he should consider it a compliment.

You grew up near what’s now Diversity Plaza?

On 83rd Street and 37th Avenue, so about a 10-minute walk away and also 10 minutes from Sam and Raj. When my family and I came to America we were told that there were three monuments in New York that every Indian must visit: the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Sam and Raj, an electrical appliance shop on 74th Street and 37th Avenue, where you could buy both 110- and 220-volt appliances.

Sam and Raj also sold toasters, razors, watches and little pens with digital alarm clocks embedded in them — things Indians would take back home. If you spoke in Gujarati, they wouldn’t charge you sales tax. Every time someone in my family came from India to visit, we had to take them to the fabled Sam and Raj. From the old country they would bring over a cargo of rich silks and exotic spices.

And they would take back, you know, bags filled with cheap electronic knickknacks.

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Nearby I remember there was a Burmese grocery store called Mount Fuji (because the owners had lived in Japan). Big freezers contained Burmese river fish and tea leaf salads. Burmese hip-hop played on the TV. This was when Myanmar was under sanctions, so the store had to smuggle everything in from Burma. Burmese people living in Jackson Heights would make trips home and smuggle goods back. Once, I asked a couple of guys in the store what these people would take from Queens to Burma. They said the same thing: “Centrum!”

Apparently Centrum multivitamins were much in vogue in Burma.

Jackson Heights was originally a private development scheme — a kind of City Beautiful with faux French Renaissance and Tudor housing built by the Queensboro Corporation to lure white Manhattanites, but then Jews and L.G.B.T.Q. New Yorkers started arriving by the 1940s, Latinos in the ’50s.

The Queensboro Corporation named it after a descendant of one of the original Queens families and added “heights” because it made the place sound loftier.

Those Latinos who started arriving in the 1950s were mostly Colombians and other South Americans. Today they’re also from Central and North America. After the 1965 Immigration Act lifted restrictions on Asians, waves of Indian professionals, like my parents, started coming.

You didn’t turn out to be suited to the family trade.

No, but I did end up writing what I believe is still the only Jain-Hasidic love story set in the diamond business. It was made into a movie some years ago by Mira Nair, part of a not particularly distinguished omnibus film called “New York, I Love You.” My segment was “Kosher Vegetarian,” starring Natalie Portman and the late, great Indian actor Irrfan Khan . Their love talk was: “What can’t you eat?”

Speaking of cultural mash-ups, just around the corner from Diversity Plaza, if we stand at the bottom of the stairs leading to and from the elevated No. 7 train on Roosevelt at 74th and do a panoramic survey, we can find signs in Spanish, Bengali, Urdu and Hindi. The most interesting signage tends to be on the second floors.

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Facing onto the elevated subway tracks?

Right. Those second floors are rabbit warrens of shops and offices. The multilingual signs in the windows advertise businesses that help people in the neighborhood deal with green cards, civil-service exams, driver’s licenses, divorces, funerals and SAT prep. In Jackson Heights recent immigrants don’t always know how to interface with the American system or whom to trust, so when they find a person, someone in one of these places, they’ll often use that person to handle everything.

Then if we walk down Roosevelt Avenue, we come to some of the famous Latino bars like “Romanticos,” which are what used to be called taxi dance halls.

Henry Miller wrote about taxi dance halls in the 1920s.

They flourish in Jackson Heights as “bailaderos” — places men can go to have a beer in the presence of somewhat skimpily dressed women and pay a couple of dollars extra for a dance. Like the men, the women are mostly migrants, from all over Latin America. I’ve gone to these bars. Typically, a guy comes in, a woman comes up to him, she’s dressed in a short skirt, they start chatting. Soon they bring out their phones to show pictures of their families back in the Dominican Republic or Mexico and coo over each other’s kids before they get up to grind on the dance floor. For a few dollars, their loneliness may be briefly assuaged.

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There’s an L.G.B.T.Q. bar scene on Roosevelt Avenue, as well.

The city’s biggest concentration of Latino L.G.B.T.Q. bars and nightclubs is in Jackson Heights. As far back as the 1920s, gays from Manhattan started coming to the neighborhood, and now Jackson Heights hosts the city’s second-biggest Pride parade — an amazing thing considering this is home to some of the city’s most conservative religious communities, like Bangladeshi Muslims and Latino Catholics.

I grew up among these people. My parents sent me to an all-boys Catholic school. The teachers called me a pagan and I learned to run very fast.

There was a notorious hate crime in Jackson Heights back in 1990. Julio Rivera , a 29-year-old gay bartender, was lured to a public schoolyard, beaten and stabbed to death by skinheads.

The corner of 78th Street and 37th Avenue is now named after Rivera. My younger sister went to that public school, P.S. 69. That this neighborhood should end up hosting the city’s second-biggest Pride parade seemed impossible back then. But I think because Jackson Heights is so ethnically diverse, people have gradually become accustomed to accommodating what you might call another spice in the mix, ethnically and sexually.

Diversity breeds tolerance.

I don’t like the word tolerance because it implies sufferance. I prefer to describe it as a lowering of people’s guards at a time when the neighborhood and the city in general have become safer, which means there is less fear and more room for curiosity.

But it’s also a product of sharing the same space. I like to use the example of the building where I grew up, at 35-33 83rd Street. When I lived there — and the situation is no different now — the owner was Turkish. The super was Greek, the tenants were Indians and Pakistanis, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans, Muslims, Uzbeks and former Soviet Jews. People who had been killing each other just before they got on the plane for America were living next to each other. And every Sunday morning, the entire building rang to the glad sounds of Bollywood songs on “Vision of Asia,” which was a program broadcast on a Spanish-language television station. Dominicans, Indians, Pakistanis and Russians in the building all sang along.

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Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t that we were all one big happy family and loved each other in our colorful eccentricities. We often said horribly racist things about each other.

But we were all immigrants trying to make a life in the New World, some of us sending money back to the most hateful organizations in our home countries. But here we shared food, because Hindus and Muslims both like samosas. Here, hate crime laws, as extremists learned, were enforced much more than they were back home, so fear of the law mitigated some of the worst impulses.

And children played together on the street, or in each other’s backyards, which meant parents got to know about all these other cultures through their kids. My sister’s best friend was the Greek super’s daughter, which is how we learned about pork chops seasoned with oregano, and how they learned about Gujarati vegetarian food like dhoklas.

You mentioned sending money home, the remittance economy.

Jackson Heights is of course home to a large number of undocumented residents. There seems to be tacit understanding that civil authorities won’t enforce certain rules and codes too strictly. Informality allows the system to be permeable, meaning that someone who lives here may not need to produce a Social Security card to rent an apartment or get a job. They can earn enough to pay the rent and also send money home. So along Roosevelt Avenue there are all sorts of stores that cater to the remittance economy. Last year, migrants around the world sent over $554 billion home.

More than three times the amount of development aid dispensed by wealthy countries, according to the World Bank , although the pandemic threatens to reduce remittances significantly , with scary ripple effects on global poverty.

Remittances may be tiny — $50, $100 — but the money goes directly to the grandmother for medical treatment or the sister who needs to pay her school fees. It bypasses governments and government corruption. If we really want to help the global poor, I think we need more money transfer places like the ones on Roosevelt Avenue.

Roosevelt Avenue isn’t the official commercial drag of the neighborhood.

No, that’s 37th Avenue, a block north, where you will find the “sidewalk ballet” that Jane Jacobs celebrated, with mom and pop stores where the mom and the pop are actually outside, standing on the street, watching kids play.

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The avenue is an incredibly lively, vibrant scene — not messy and seedy like Roosevelt Avenue — with everything from Korean grocers and gourmet cheese and wine shops for the yuppies who are gentrifying Jackson Heights to Brazilian and Colombian boutiques selling jeans and lingerie with fake bundas.

Bundas. Padded butts. And then you have the discount suits on display at the old-time men’s wear stores, which in my day sold outfits you might recall from “Saturday Night Fever.” When I was a student at N.Y.U., my father took me to one. I had told him I was going on my first date. He kind of stared at me, then took me to one of these stores and very loudly announced to the salesman: “My son has an important social occasion coming up.” He bought me a three-piece suit.

How lovely.

It was highly flamboyant, with a heavy polyester component.

How did the date go?

She was a Dominican woman from Brooklyn. I fell madly in love. We saw a Broadway show and she somehow managed to suppress her laughter at the sight of a skinny little Indian from Jackson Heights in a three-piece polyester suit.

You mentioned the G word earlier. Increasingly, the neighborhood has attracted young bankers and tech workers who like having the ability to choose between pupusas and parathas for dinner.

As Amanda Burden, the city’s former planning commissioner, likes to say, gentrification is like cholesterol: There’s good gentrification and bad gentrification. For Jackson Heights, it’s a good thing that there is diversity of income as well as of ethnicity. But big garden apartments that used to sell for $300,000 now cost closer to $1 million, which has had the effect of forcing more and more immigrants into basement apartments.

We’ll get to the basement apartments. The garden apartments first. You’re talking about ones the Queensboro Corporation built to entice middle-class Manhattanites.

Right — places like the Chateau on 81st Street. My younger sister’s best friend lived there. It’s in what is now the neighborhood’s designated historic district, which includes some of the loveliest housing in all five boroughs, constructed mostly between the 1910s and the 1950s. The buildings have pretty slate roofs and all kinds of architectural details, with blocklong interior gardens that you can’t see from the street, which was the point. They’re private gardens. At the Chateau, the garden was designed by the Olmsted brothers, I believe.

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And gentrification is producing new developments like Roosevelt Parc.

A residential tower, around the corner from Diversity Plaza, by Marvel Architects.

With rooftop lounges, a movie room and a yoga lawn that rent for thousands of dollars a month. In Jackson Heights, the issue around gentrification isn’t just the rent. It’s the fact that a potential tenant at a place like Roosevelt Parc needs to produce all kinds of documents to apply for an apartment. That kind of documentation, even if you’re legal, can be very difficult for new immigrants who haven’t built up credit histories or developed references.

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So rising rents and other obstacles push more people into basement apartments.

Yes. The garden apartments are on the north side of 37th Avenue. We can see basement apartments on the south side. These are mostly pleasant, suburban-looking streets with neat two-story frame houses — you wouldn’t know that dozens of people live in the basements unless you notice the number of mailboxes and satellite dishes. Sometimes you can guess who lives there. I don’t know why but Trinidadians and Guyanese seem to prefer white steel gates.

Inside, the rooms are all occupied by different people, and the basement might have hot beds, meaning cubicles where people share the same bed in shifts. I’ve been in many of these basements. There’s a perception they’re fire traps, and some are, but usually, with just a few fixes, they could be brought up to code.

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The city certainly needs more affordable housing. But even if landlords spent the money to upgrade them, New York, unlike, say, San Francisco or Seattle or Los Angeles, doesn’t seem anxious to legalize lots more “alternative dwellings,” as they’re called.

The city has fallen behind the curve. I think landlords would spend the money. Most of the landlords are immigrants themselves who would have a much easier time getting mortgages if they were able to show that the rents from these basements were legitimate income.

How do you think the pandemic will change things?

It’s an open question whether gentrifiers will continue moving into the neighborhood or whether they’ll now prefer to leave the city for places like Hudson, N.Y. But the taxi drivers and delivery guys who share the basement cubicles don’t have the luxury of teleworking. So they’re not going anywhere.

And where are we going next?

A block from The Chateau, I wanted to point out Community United Methodist Church. There’s a street sign at the corner commemorating the invention of Scrabble, which was played in the church in 1938 . It was the invention of a Jackson Heights resident (an unemployed architect) named Alfred Butts. Legions of Scrabble devotees now make pilgrimages to the church, which you will notice also advertises services in Punjabi, Urdu, Bahasa, Korean, Chinese and Spanish. I love that God is worshiped in so many languages in the house where Scrabble was invented. Brooklyn may be known as the Borough of Churches. But Jackson Heights is where, for example, the Jewish Center, on 77th Street, also hosts Pentecostal services, Hindu services and the annual Iftar celebration of Bangladeshi and other Muslims.

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That’s rather beautiful.

Look, architecturally speaking, the neighborhood is not Versailles. There are some really unlovely buildings and shabby dwellings in Jackson Heights. But, for me, the area comes down to its people and their stories — and to the surprise and joy you feel walking down a street like 37th Avenue and seeing all the Bangladeshi and Dominican knickknack shops and children’s toys spilling onto the sidewalk, and the people selling sugar cane juice. The neighborhood is an incredibly hospitable place, where a person can come from anywhere, doesn’t necessarily need papers, might have to start at the bottom — literally, in the basement — but can gain a foothold in America.

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The American dream.

Speaking of which, I thought we might end at a wonderful ice cream store, founded in 1897, Jahn’s, which I used to go to with my family. The signature dish is the Kitchen Sink Sundae for eight.

I’ve seen a video of that sundae on YouTube. It’s the size of a punch bowl. Is that what your family ordered?

Of course, not long after we arrived. And that’s when we realized: This is the promise of the New World. We have found it. It’s the Kitchen Sink Sundae for eight.

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Michael Kimmelman is the architecture critic. He has reported from more than 40 countries, was previously The Times's chief art critic and, based in Berlin, created the Abroad column, covering cultural and political affairs across Europe and the Middle East. @kimmelman

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Tourists Should Know About New York City's Most Exciting Neighborhood For Foodies

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It's no secret that New York City is one of the culinary epicenters of not only the U.S., but the entire world. What is more of a secret, however, is that one of the best foodie neighborhoods is actually in Queens. New Yorkers are well-aware that Jackson Heights has some of the best food in the city, but many tourists miss the opportunity to visit, either out of fear of riding the subway, the hesitation of leaving Manhattan, or simply not knowing Jackson Heights exists. We're here to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and head into one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in all of New York.

As soon as you exit the 7 train at Roosevelt Ave, aromas of Colombian street arepas will warm your senses, the sounds of hustling and bustling will keep you alert, and the options of what to eat will quickly become overwhelming. Whether it's something as simple as a slice of pizza or something as complex as brain tacos from a truck right outside of the subway station, Jackson Heights can satisfy anyone's appetite.

How to get there

Those who don't jump on the 7 train (which you can pick up right in Times Square) don't realize what they're missing out on. If you're scared of using the New York City subway or you're concerned about not knowing Queens, don't be. Let us clear the air: Getting to Jackson Heights is quick, easy, and safe.

The best way to get to Jackson Heights is by taking the 7 train on the subway. The 7 train conveniently stops all along 42nd Street, meaning you can pick it up from Grand Central, Bryant Park, Times Square, and at 34th Street-Hudson Yards near Penn Station. Take it in the direction of Queens, and ride it until the 74th St-Broadway station. The entire journey on the 7 should take somewhere around 20 to 25 minutes. 

Aside from the 7 train, the E, F, M, or R can take you to Roosevelt Ave. (Note: The stop on the 7 train is called 74th St-Broadway. If you take the E, F, M, or R, the stop will be called Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave.) It is advisable to look at the MTA app to familiarize yourself with the subway system. Google Maps is often a reliable source when trying to transit around New York City.

Of course, you can always hail a yellow cab or take an Uber, but it is ill-advised as the cost will be high, and traffic will likely be awful. The subway is the way to go.

Most ethnically diverse neighborhood in NYC

As of 2020, over 170,000 people resided in Jackson Heights, speaking approximately 167 languages. There are significantly large Latino, Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian populations, but it certainly doesn't end there. Any visitor can expect to hear several languages around them at any point. Jackson Heights is a colorful place, where one restaurant or shop might have a papel picado banner hanging (a typical Mexican-style banner made of colorful, perforated tissue paper) and another might be a visually vibrant Indian eatery, such as Jackson Diner.

About 63% of the residents in Jackson Heights are originally from outside the U.S. Because of this, Jackson Heights is often referred to as the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in New York City. People all around the world refer to New York City as the melting pot, but the truth is that the majority of Manhattan, and even much of Brooklyn, has been gentrified. If you're looking for a  real  melting pot in New York, head over to Jackson Heights. The recipes found on menus here have origins from all over the world.

Now for the good part ... the food

Trying to narrow down where to eat in Jackson Heights is a difficult task. The neighborhood has hundreds of delicious restaurants. Luckily, getting a bad meal here is almost as impossible as trying to narrow down where to go.

Some of the most sought-after cuisines in Jackson Heights are Nepali and Tibetan. Momos, which are believed to have originated in Tibet but have notorious popularity on the streets of Nepal, are soup dumplings typically filled with meat and a good amount of steaming hot broth. There are no shortage of momos in Jackson Heights, and it's one of the few places in New York City to get the real deal. One of the most popular spots to grab momos is at Lhasa Fast Food, which is incredible. It primarily gained its popularity after Anthony Bourdain paid a visit.

Momos aside, Jackson Heights has plenty of other cuisines for you to try. Some of the best of the best are Arepa Lady (Colombian), Kitchen 79 (Thai), Raja Sweets & Fast Food (Indian), La Esquina Del Camarón Mexicano (Mexican), and above all, any of the food trucks lined along Roosevelt Avenue. The food trucks range from Ecuadorian-style breakfast to the infamous Birria-Landia, a taco truck that specializes in birria.

Food tours in Jackson Heights

There are so many restaurants to choose from in Jackson Heights that it can feel overwhelming even for those who   know the area. It might be worthwhile to book a food tour with a trusted local, and few are more trusted in the Jackson Heights community than Joe DiStefano. Frequently referred to as the "Culinary King of Queens," DiStefano is a go-to source in the New York foodie scene. He knows New York's culinary secrets so well that he offers local food tours. A standard Joe DiStefano Food Tour typically lasts 3.5 hours and is $110 per person. A longer food tour lasts 4.5 hours and is $225 per person.

Each tour usually has eight stops, and the Jackson Heights tour typically focuses on South Asian, Indian, Bangladeshi, Tibetan, and Nepali cuisines. Sometimes, however, there might be a Mexican or Colombian spot in there, since the neighborhood is so diverse.

Things to do aside from eating

While eating is the main draw for visitors to Jackson Heights, the fun certainly doesn't stop there. Jackson Heights has plenty of options for activities other than consuming some of New York's best food. If you're looking for a manicure, ZR Nail Place on 78 is a great option for fun nail art. Bowlero Queens is a fun bowling alley if you need a little bit of movement after eating your way around the globe.

If you're looking to get in touch with some of the local cultures of Jackson Heights, it's well worth your time to check out the Sherpa Temple, a Buddhist temple located at 41-01 75th St in Queens. The Sherpa Temple is a Nepali temple and will offer a small taste of Nepal without the expensive flight ticket.

There is also a wide range of specialty grocers, including Patel Brothers (an Indian grocery store), Stand Alone Cheese (a specialty cheese shop), and Despaña Gourmet Queens (a gourmet Spanish store). Overall though, the best reason to go to Jackson Heights is exactly why you've read this far: to eat your way around the globe without ever leaving New York's most diverse borough.

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Updated for 2024: While we are currently running regular in-person food tours of Jackson Heights, we still have this self-guided touring option for those who wish to go it alone, with confidence. This indoor-outdoor tour is a mix of street vendors, grab-and-go eating, and sit-down (casual) dining. It is best for small groups of 1-4 people. These 9 food stops encompass Indian, Bangladeshi, Tibetan, Nepali, Mexican, Colombian, and Thai eateries or vendors. (You will want to pick and choose among those stops, or else be carting home a ton of leftovers!)

This is the best way we know how to continue to support some of our favorite restaurants and vendors when we are unable to lead a tour (or have a guest who prefers to explore solo). Go forth and eat safely using this very detailed guide.

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Melissa – July 27, 2020

This tour was amazing! I got the customized version, and I couldn’t be happier. I felt super equipped with information on the neighborhood, restaurants, and food that we ordered, and felt like an expert in the ‘hood, all thanks to the detailed information. I also felt great about being able to support restaurants during the pandemic that were new to me. I hope that Laura creates more of these so that I can continue to explore the world while not leaving town! :)

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Ginger (verified owner) – July 28, 2021

Loved this tour! We initially chose the self-guided version because the in-person tour wasn’t available the day we wanted to go, but we ended up being really glad we did! It allowed us to choose the restaurants and dishes we really wanted to try, and explore them on our own time and in the order we chose. We actually did a few of the stops in the morning, took a break to go to a nearby museum, and then came back when our appetites returned and did the rest of the restaurants. The only downside to this instead of the in-person tour is that you don’t have the expertise of a local to ask questions — but even this wasn’t a big deal as Laura’s guide includes detailed explanations about the restaurants, neighborhood and menu options! Would definitely recommend.

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Thanks so much, Ginger!

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A One-Day Food Tour of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, New York's Most Diverse Dining Destination

Whether you're just visiting New York or you've lived here all your life, chances are you haven't spent enough time exploring Jackson Heights, Queens. Take it from someone who lives there—truly knowing this immigrant-dominated neighborhood, where Colombians and Mexicans rub shoulders with Tibetans and Thai—is an impossible task. It's the New York dream writ small: astonishingly diverse, always changing, and endlessly interesting. Few other places on earth are as culturally rich and complex, and even fewer are dense enough to walk through in an afternoon.

That's enough of a reason to learn more about Jackson Heights. Then there's the food—dumpling shops hidden in cell phone stores, tacos and tortas cooked on every block, late night ceviche hawkers under the rumbling 7 train. Step off the subway and the air itself tastes good: grilled lamb and the perfume of a hundred curries.

It's no reach to call Jackson Heights, and its neighbor Elmhurst, one of the most fascinating food destinations in the city. But it's also one of the most misunderstood.

Following a boom of Indian immigration in the 1970s, Jackson Heights earned a reputation as a Indian restaurant hub, with the outsider-friendly buffet-style Jackson Diner as its crown jewel. That reputation remains, even if the Jackson Diner's no better than your corner take out restaurant these days, and many of the Indians have moved out to Long Island and Jersey, taking their good food with them. Not that you can't find Indian cooking in the neighborhood; it's just that the quality is often lacking.

But that's okay, because in its place is an even more diverse population than ever before, with about two dozen Himalayan restaurants near the 74th Street subway station, two Thai food enclaves to the south in Elmhurst, a long stretch of Peruvian chicken joints along nearby Northern Boulevard, and of course the tract of Roosevelt Avenue between here and the Flushing River, with Latin American food carts on every block.

There's no way to eat it all, but if you stick to a strict game plan, you can span continents of edible territory in a single afternoon, all for less than the price of a sit-down meal at some stuffy Manhattan white tablecloth restaurant. To that end I've put together a gutbusting tour of the neighborhood. Some of these spots have earned citywide fame; others are more reserved for locals. And absent are at least two dozen restaurants also absolutely worth your attention when you're packing less food into a limited amount of time. But we'll save those for round two.

Starter: Tibetan Dumplings

Step off the subway at Roosevelt Avenue and one of the first things you'll encounter is a half dozen food carts vying for your dollars. Closest to the station's main exit is a cluster of taco carts. Walk past them for now, but don't worry, because you'll be back soon enough.

Your first stop is a truck in a side street just off the Roosevelt hustle: Amdo Kitchen, which sets up shop around noon and serves good, cheap Himalayan grub through the early evening. Jackson Heights is the Himalayan food capital of New York, which means it's also the city's foremost momo destination.

These chubby steamed Tibetan dumplings are traditionally filled with beef and come with thicker, pleasantly chewy skins than most of their Chinese cousins. And while there are two dozen places to get your momo on in the neighborhood, none are quite as juicy and accessible as Amdo's, where a fiver buys you eight freshly steamed dumplings that'll drip juice all down your chin if you're not careful. Hit 'em with the house hot sauce, which isn't joking around, to balance the buzz of Sichuan peppercorns hidden in the mildly seasoned beef filling, then get ready to slurp these simple but excellent almost-soup-dumplings.

A Hidden Noodle Shop

There's more to Tibetan food than momos, though, and you don't have to go far to get the good stuff. On a more leisurely crawl than the one I'm sending you on, you might want to take the time to hit up celebrated Himalayan mainstay Phayul , or my personal favorite, Woodside Cafe . But you still have many stops to make, so hurry on down to Lhasa Fast Food, which you access by walking down a hallway past a cell phone store to a tucked-away dining room presided over by a portrait of the Dalai Lama.

In this small kitchen you'll find Jackson Heights' best thenthuk (ten-took), which is to Chinese handpulled noodle soup what momo are to Chinese dumplings: heartier and more starchy, but good as all get-out. It's an unassuming but deeply satisfying bowl of beef broth filled to the brim with thick, chewy noodles as wide as a stick of gum. It benefits from the fiery dried chilies on the table, but go light—this soup is all about the subtlety of beef with grassy herbs to wash down little pillows of starch. Add a cup of salted butter tea and you have a meal to soothe any throat.

The Arepa Queen of New York

The Arepa Lady is a New York street food legend , made famous in the '90s when Jim Leff raved about her in the New York Press . Up until last year, the only way to get her delightfully cheesy Colombian-style arepas was to hang around the corner of 79th and Roosevelt late at night on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer. The work to find her, and the wait, were all part of the fun, but her family's brick and mortar restaurant, which opened last year just a couple blocks from where the cart still pops up, makes getting your hands on her excellent arepas that much easier.

You're here for gooey, buttery cheese pocketed in cornmeal dough with crackly griddled crusts—not rocket science, but wholly satisfying. The base model, the queso, comes with gooey cheese in a fat puck of white cornmeal, with crumbles of salty cheese on top for good measure. A sweeter option is the chocolo, which swaps in sugary yellow corn and a squeaky white cheese that pairs best with the squeeze bottle of condensed milk on the table. And don't ignore the patacones, a choice not available at the cart: slabs of crisply fried green plantains topped with chunks of ripe avocado and your choice of meat. The fatty hunks of pork are my go-to, and worth an order if you're coming with a crowd.

Hit the Markets

Half the fun of hanging in Jackson Heights is buying ingredients to take home and cook later, and you have no shortage of options here. 74th Street is home to the massive Patel Brothers, the Indian grocery chain where you can buy a pillowcase of cardamom, fresh curry leaves, and every spice and grain your Indian pantry could ever need. There's the giant New York Mart for all your Chinese grocery needs, with a wide range of jarred condiments, higher quality fresh produce than many Chinese markets, and—my favorite—a bulk fish ball bin with a dozen varieties for all your soup and kebab desires.

But the must-visit, one-of-a-kind market is in neighboring Elmhurst, a little shop called Thai Thai Grocery, whose warm proprietor sells the usual Thai staples—curry paste, coconut milk, loads of snacks—as well as a wide selection of homemade items from the local community. Those stocks are highest on the weekends, and if you're lucky, you'll walk out with some home-fried pork rinds and fresh (not canned) curry paste. Also check out the freeze and fridge cases for frozen coconut milk (richer and superior to canned), rare Thai herbs you won't find anywhere else in New York, and dense, meaty Thai river fish to fry yourself, a rare find stateside.

For something completely different, here's a place the locals keep to themselves: Despana, a small outlet of the Soho flagship Spanish specialty store. While it doesn't quite have the selection of its Manhattan big sister, it's the best place in Queens to buy olive oil, sherry vinegar, and fancy Spanish ham and seafood.

Pre-Dinner Snack

Your market crawling should have gotten your appetite in gear again, and Jackson Heights has plenty to offer in the snack department. Chances are someone's going to ask you where you got Indian food in the neighborhood, and this should be your answer: Samudra, a south Indian vegetarian restaurant that stands in stark contrast to the primarily northern curry and kebab kitchens nearby. Samudra's great for chaat in all its forms; theirs is especially fresh and bright so as not to weigh you down.

Jackson Heights' vast preponderance of taco carts may have you craving tacos, and it's worth getting some Mexican food while you're here. But we've made the case before that Mexican sandwiches tend to outshine tacos in New York, for the simple reason that our sandwich bread bakeries are far more skilled than our local tortilla suppliers. Hit up those taco carts for a cemita, the piled-high Mexican Dagwood that drove my neighbor and colleague to pay a visit to their Pueblan birthplace so he could learn how to make them .

The carts along 75th Street and Roosevelt make solid ones if you stick to bulletproof meats like carnitas, chorizo, and tongue, but my current go-to for a more moderately portioned sandwich is Guadalajara de Noche a little farther up the avenue. There the sesame seed bun is routinely fresh and toasted well on the griddle, the al pastor is reliably juicy and rich, and toppings of earthy beans, springy Oaxacan cheese, and mayo and avocado hit a balanced sweet spot without overwhelming the meat.

Or: consider pizza. Louie's, the super-classic slice joint on Baxter, doesn't do plain pies especially well, but their grandma is one of the best pizzas in the borough, and a nice change-up from the Latin American and Asian cuisines that dominate the neighborhood. It sings a simple tune: fresh mozzarella that's creamy where so many others are rubbery, and a basic sauce of little more than crushed, seasoned tomatoes, because good pizza needs little else. Ask for it well done so the fried-in-the-pan crust is at its burnished best, then wait a minute before digging in. This juicy number needs a minute to set up and cool down.

Dinner: Thai Homestyle

Elmhurst, just to the south of Jackson Heights, is home to New York's densest Thai community, and there are plenty of quality restaurants where you'll hear more Thai than English and the food is legit spicy by default. They all have something to offer, but if you can only hit one and want to sample a lot all at once, there's no better place than Khao Kang.

Though styled as a steam table restaurant, Khao Kang's food feels more like home cooking than anywhere else. High turnover keeps the rotation of ten or so dishes fresh—green curry crackles with heat and are loaded with aromatic spices. Pickled bamboo soup is eyepoppingly sour, mellowed by a hint of funk. Homok, a weekend special of mashed, seasoned fish wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed, is the best gefilte fish you've ever had. And you can sample all these things by ordering a combo plate of rice and three curries for under $10. Order from the friendly counter people, take a seat by one of the floor to ceiling windows, and stock up on water, because this stuff can get seriously hot in an addictive hallucinatory way.

Something Sweet: Toast and Then Some

You're in the home stretch, and you may be stuffed beyond capacity, but if you're looking for a sweet way to end your crawl, a trip to Sugar Club is in order. This Elmhurst Thai grocery (hit it up on the way back to the subway from Khao Kang) recently expanded to a much larger space, which means more shelves for imported Thai snacks and specialties like fermented sausage and candy-sweet dried bananas. Pick up some ready-made homestyle Thai dishes to nibble on tomorrow in your post-gorging stupor, but also visit the dessert counter for a massive tower of toast.

This is Asian-style dessert toast, made from thick, thick slabs of light-as-air rectilinear white bread that's slathered with butter and condensed milk and baked until its edges turn to caramel. On top of all that, the "honey toast" adds a drizzle of honey, ripe bananas, whipped cream, and a scoop of dark, grassy green tea ice cream on the side. It's light and fragrant where so many toasts are just heavy and sweet, and it's as delightfully freewheeling with cultural boundaries as the neighborhood it calls home.

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Food Cart Tour: Jackson Heights

Join us on an exploration of local flavors in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world!

Tour Highlights

  • 2-hour guided food tour with 5 generous tastings
  • Taste food from some of the best street vendors in NYC
  • Explore one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the US and learn about its many cultures and cuisines
  • Meet the vendors and talk to them about their journey to start their street food businesses
  • Tours offered select Thursdays at 6pm
  • Walking tour
  • Tours begin at Arepa Lady in Jackson Heights
  • Private Group Tours available
  • Tours support the Street Vendor Project

As a center of New York’s street vending community, Jackson Heights is the perfect location to learn about the ins and outs of the industry, while sampling delicious favorites from around the globe and getting to know more about the people and organizations who help these vendors to thrive. We’ll dig into the past, present, and future of street vending in New York, discuss how vendors have advocated over the years to make important changes, and look at how they play an essential role in feeding their communities. On this two-hour walking and tasting tour, you’ll learn about the origins of many of our favorite street foods while you enjoy tastings from five different businesses, which may include award-winning Colombian arepas, hot Himalayan momo, flavorful Bengali fushka, and much more! Enjoy an insider’s perspective into this complex industry, while chatting with vendors and devouring incredible, fresh made-to-order dishes right there on the sidewalk. Five percent of all Food Cart Tour ticket sales are donated to the  Street Vendor Project .

Tour Information

Public Tours

  • General Admission: $75 per person
  • Seniors (65+): $67.50
  • Students and Veterans: $67.50
  • Children (5-12): $37.50
  • Children under 5 are welcome to attend free
  • Advance ticket purchase is required

Private tours are available seven days a week, depending on availability. Pricing for private tours is based on a minimum occupancy of 6 guests, and a gratuity of 8.5% is added to all private tour bookings.

This tour includes five generous tastings from different street food vendors. Because street vendors often change locations, this menu is subject to change, but dishes frequently featured on this tour include Colombian arepas, Himalayan momos, tacos al pastor, and Bangladeshi fushka.

We strive to accommodate most dietary restrictions and requests, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets, as well as allergies and food sensitivities. When making your booking, please be sure to indicate these so that we can make appropriate arrangements. Our team will strive to accommodate you as best we can, but we cannot guarantee all dietary accommodations. If you have any questions regarding the menu, please  contact us  directly.

Tours meet in front of the Arepa Lady restaurant , 77-17 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372.

  • The nearest subway stations to the meeting point are  Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av (7,E,F,M,R)  and  82nd Street–Jackson Heights (7) . 37th Ave is one block north of Roosevelt Ave (where the elevated train runs), and Arepa Lady is between 77th St and 78th St on the north side of the avenue.
  • Please visit our  Frequently Asked Questions  page for any additional questions you might have.

Accessibility

We strive to lead the tour over a physically accessible route, but due to construction, weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, we may encounter uneven paths, obstructions, or steep inclines along the tour route. If you do use a wheelchair or have any other accessibility need, please  contact us directly  and/or include this information when booking, so that we can offer a fully accessible experience.

Please visit our  Accessibility Page  for the most up-to-date information on all access accommodations.

About the Street Vendor Project

The  Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project of the Urban Justice Center with thousands of vendor members who are working together to create a vendors’ movement for permanent change. The organization does outreach to vendors and stakeholders to educate about rights and responsibilities, campaigns for changes to laws and policies that unfairly target street vendors, provides legal representation to vendors in court, and helps vendors through small business training, loans, and direct assistance. Since we launched the Food Cart Tours in 2010, Turnstile Tours has donated 5% of all revenue from these tours to the Street Vendor Project, totaling more than $20,000.

Where do the tours start?

  • Midtown  tours begin in  Bryant Park on the southeast corner of 6th Avenue and 42nd St.
  • Financial District  tours begin in the  public atrium in the Continental Center, 150 Maiden Lane.
  • Jackson Heights  tours begin at  Arepa Lady, 77-17 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, Queens.
  • Street Vending After Dark  tours begin outside the  Conrad New York Midtown, 151 West 54th St.

Please visit our  Frequently Asked Questions  page for complete directions and information on public transportation, or consult our  transportation map .

Is there a lot of walking?

Our  Food Cart Tours require a maximum of about 1.5 miles of walking over the course of two hours, though this may vary slightly depending upon the location of the carts and trucks that we visit. Our guides strive to make everyone as comfortable as possible, so we try to provide places to sit and give you all the fuel you need to make the walk with delicious street food!

What is included with my tour ticket?

Your  Food Cart Tour ticket includes five generous tastings from different food carts and trucks, your knowledgeable and helpful guide, and a bottle of water. The amount of food served on the tour is equivalent to a very, very hearty lunch, so come hungry!

Can you accommodate specific dietary needs?

We strive to accommodate most dietary restrictions and requests, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets, as well as allergies and food sensitivities. When making your booking, please be sure to indicate these so that we can make appropriate arrangements. Our team will strive to accommodate you as best we can, but we cannot guarantee all dietary accommodations. If you have any questions regarding the menu, please  contact us directly.

Are the tours accessible to people with disabilities?

What is the street vendor project, are these tours good for kids.

People of all ages can enjoy street food, so if your child is an adventurous eater and doesn’t mind spending a couple hours walking the streets of Manhattan, then they are more than welcome. Tickets for children ages 5–12 are half price, and children under 5 are welcome to join the tour for free.

Still have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us today

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In the last decade, the stunningly diverse Jackson Heights dining scene has exploded. With an emphasis on South Asian, South American, Southeast Asian, and Mexican cuisine, it has one of the most interesting mixes of affordable restaurants in the city. You can get a buckwheat flatbread from the Mustang District in Nepal, seafood zarzuela from an antique Castilian restaurant, Mexican aguachiles, and some of the finest pizza in the borough.

One area to watch lies along Northern Boulevard, where the growth in South American restaurants has been amazing. Now there are cocktail bars that bring in regulars in the late afternoon and early evening (walk east along Northern from 80th Street and check the chalkboards), where a mixed drink can cost a mere $5, with inexpensive snacks galore. At least three restaurants specialize in elaborately topped hot dogs washed down with fruity drinks. An entire day could be spent just scratching the surface of all the restaurants in Jackson Heights, but here are some the best spots to check out now.

Cannelle Patisserie

Hidden in a fading strip mall, Cannelle is one of the city’s best and most doctrinaire French bakeries. There’s table seating, and the parade of customers is well worth watching for its amazing diversity. The raspberry almond croissant is formidable, and you won’t find fault with the napoleons, gateaux Breton, cheesecakes, or cherry-loaded Black Forest cakes, either. A small collection of sandwiches permit more savory repasts.

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Open since 1967 on Northern Boulevard, Pizza Sam is a father-and-son operation prone to excellence. The thick, bouncy Sicilian slice is bigger than it ought to be, overflowing with cheese. Also available: calzones in six configurations, cutlets of chicken and veal, a predictable group of baked pastas — don’t miss the baked cheese ravioli with meat sauce — and heros are further lures.

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Café Salamanca

There aren’t too many old-guard Spanish restaurants left in the city, and this Castilian spot that dates to the late 1980s is one of the better ones. Find a full roster of tapas in the elegant but timeworn dining rooms: Try in particular the paprika-dusted octopus or the well-browned tortilla, sold in its entirety rather than in wedges. Main courses emphasize seafood, of which the best is a stew called zarzuela, containing multiple fish and crustaceans, and more lobster than you might have expected.

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Open since 2018, this attempt to create the type of New American bistro common in Brooklyn and Manhattan has been met with neighborhood success . A flaming oven turns out thin-crust pizzas of an unusual sort (one comes with speck and cantaloupe). It also turns out a garlic bread covered with minced clams and grated cheese. Other dishes include a cheeseburger done to order with good fries, as well as a crème brulee scented with Earl Grey tea. The high-ceilinged dining room is a maze of small tables and big booths.

An amorphous and dramatically lit flatbread with parsley and minced clams on a grooved surface.

Probably the most popular snack along Northern Boulevard is the South American hot dog. This is not your New York street frank dressed with sauerkraut and mustard, but a supermarket weenie heaped with so many toppings the sausage disappears. Several restaurants specialize in them along Northern Boulevard of which a favorite is the tiniest, El Perro (“the dog”). Seven signature franks are available, dressed with ingredients like pineapple, bacon, potato chips, quail eggs, raspberry jam, and a rainbow of sauces. Other Colombian snacks and street foods are available, nearly all of them as elaborately dressed.

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Tacos Morelos

The evolution over the last decade of this spot that was once a cart on Roosevelt Avenue is astonishing, especially when you consider the current comfy dining room and fully licensed bar. The menu skews toward southern Mexican, sometimes showcasing food from the state of Morelos, including a fine red pumpkin seed mole, goat barbacoa, and outsize tacos placeros, which feature giant hand-patted tortillas and contain ingredients like rice, boiled eggs, chile strips, potato fritters, and chiles rellenos.

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La Boina Roja

Step inside the double storefront of this Colombian steakhouse and smell the wonderful odor of grilling meats. The quality of these meats is apparent by stepping inside the restaurant’s retail meat market next door. The combination of skirts steak, chorizo, blood sausage, and pork loin is enough for two, and the wine is a very good deal, too. Don’t miss the wonderful red beans, so carefully made they almost outshine the meat. 

A steak charred from the grill along with a blood sausage and a chorizo.

Maria Piedad Cano, also known as the Arepa Lady, used to sell her fluffy Colombian corn cakes out of a cart in front of the Jackson Heights post office. These days, there are multiple branches and her family is running the show as fans still seek out her arepas filled with salty cheese, perfect for topping off with any number of sauces, from leche condensada (condensed milk) to green-tinged garlic.

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Named after a garlicky white sauce, El Toum is a good place to drop in for a coffee scented with cardamom with a baklava; or a rolled sandwich (the falafel has been extensively praised). But owner Sami Dib also offers full meals, from rack of lamb to pan-seared branzino. Additionally, a beguiling weekend brunch may feature fava beans or calves livers, both including two eggs cooked your way. There are lots of vegetable options, too.

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Kotha Grill and Kabab

One of a half dozen Bangladeshi cafes in downtown Jackson Heights, Kotha at least partly functions as a snack shop, where one can run in and get dal poori, samosas filled with chicken or potato and laced with mustard oil for a mild burn, or sweet crepes. But a steam table reveals biryanis, curries, and kurmas.

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This vegetarian southern Indian restaurant is one of only a few serving this cuisine in Jackson Heights. The full range of dosas are available, including sada, rava, and regular. You can’t go wrong with butter masala dosa — the cylindrical wrapper deep brown and crunchy, the filling cumin-laced and shot with other vegetables in addition to spuds. Plenty of appetizers and chaats are available, as are some interesting non-dosa dishes, including rice-based bisi bele bath and pongal.

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Mustang Thakali Kitchen

The menu of this Nepali restaurant originates in the north central region of Mustang. Expect the usual steamers of momo, handmade noodles in soups and stir fries, vegetable salads, and warm meat jerkies sometimes containing offal. Goat is a highlight. Many of the meals are served on round metal thalis, each containing 10 or so small dishes and condiments.

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Al-Naimat Sweets & Restaurant

This Pakistani halal café and sweet shop occupies the original storefront of the sainted Jackson Diner, and the diner atmosphere persists. Save the Bengali sweets in the refrigerated glass cases near the entrance for later, while you first chow down on tandooris and curries. The palak paneer is particularly lush with fresh cheese, while the chicken keema is exceedingly smooth and mellow.

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El Guayaquileno Truck

This bright blue truck named after Ecuador’s great seaside port parked just off Roosevelt Avenue is a rolling picanteria, a lunch wagon with all-in meals and soups perfect for your noon or afternoon repast. Some of the food sold here isn’t generally available at the Ecuadorian restaurants that line Roosevelt Avenue, including a wonderful blood sausage soup (“caldo de salsicha”)

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Michelada House II

This spot specializes in the fanciful beer-tomato juice-chile cocktails called micheladas, offering a dozen or more, plus a regular menu of Mexican antojitos, plus a special menu of snacks originating in Mexico City, including a torta stuffed with chilaquiles, as well as a machete mixto — a two-foot oblong tostada dotted with various meats. If you haven’t tried them, the grasshopper tacos make an excellent drinking snack.

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Mariscos el submarino.

This Roosevelt Avenue spot specializes in Mexican ceviches presented in several guises, many originating in Sinaloa. Heralded by a personified yellow submarine with a handlebar moustache, the vibe is fast casual: Order at the counter an aguachile (a soupy cousin of the ceviche presented in a volcano-stone molcajete); a tostada (limey fish mounted on a crisp flat tortilla); or plainly presented ceviche, featuring shrimp, fish filet, octopus, or crab. Wash it down with fresh-fruit beverages and slushies.

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Copacabana Brazilian Grill

Named after a famous beach neighborhood in Rio, Copacabana is a real Brazilian kilo, a type of restaurant that sells its food by the kilogram. This includes steam-table fare like potato salad, shrimp stew, black beans, and the toasty condiment called farofa, as well as a selection of spit-roasted meats that varies. A small price will get you a satisfying meal, with lots of uniquely Brazilian flourishes.

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Taqueria Coatzingo

This restaurant with a bright pastel interior expanded to three locations a few years ago, making this one of the biggest Mexican restaurant empires in town. The unfailing dedication of its menu to inexpensive antojitos — sopes, huaraches, flautas, chalupas, quesadillas, and such — with their expansive roster of toppings, make this a crowd-pleasing place and there are beers to wash it all down. Standouts from the Pueblan-centered menu including the fiery chicken soup chilate de pollo, overstuffed cemita sandwiches, and an entrée of steamed tongue.

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Angel Indian Restaurant

Angel was founded in 2019 by Amrit Pal Singh, who cut his teeth at Adda Indian Canteen. It started out vegetarian, but had to add meat dishes during the pandemic to keep the business afloat. Now it’s Jackson Heights’ most distinguished Indian restaurant, with a menu that is half-vegetarian, half-not, with a pleasingly eclectic mix of mainly northern Indian dishes. Find the mustardy fish moilee, paneer khurchan with homemade cheese, and chicken or goat biryani with a Lucknow-style pie crust on top.

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Nepali Bhanchha Ghar

If Jackson Heights has a best Nepalese restaurant, this is probably it. It attracts a distinctly mixed crowd, maybe because of the publicity it has received and its proximity to the 74th Street subway station. The staff is extremely helpful, and there’s nothing better than thalis (complete dinners served on a metal tray) to offer first-timers a thumbnail of Himalayan food. It is also a good place to dash into for a noodle soup with homemade noodles.

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The great borough of Queens is known for its polyglot ethnic neighborhoods. Often, every immigrant group in Queens has at least one representative on a single block. But one section of the Queens neighborhood of Jackson Heights is different. Seventy-fourth Street between Roosevelt Avenue and 37th Avenue and the surrounding blocks are the heart of a South Asian neighborhood.

Visiting Jackson Heights Queens is an experience like no other. Located in the city’s heart, the neighborhood offers a vibrant array of cultures, cuisines, and attractions that are sure to delight. The Jackson Heights community has something to offer everyone, from its iconic landmarks, such as the Unisphere, to exciting eateries and shops along Roosevelt Avenue.

Indians, Bangladeshis, and Pakistanis call this area home and come here to shop and eat. It’s the place for some of the highest quality Indian food in New York City ; South Asian jewelry, clothes, and music; Bollywood films; and plain old people-watching. This is a great neighborhood for strolling and taking it all in.

Things to Dine in Jackson Heights

The Unisphere is perhaps the most iconic landmark located in the neighborhood. This giant stainless steel globe serves as a reminder of the 1964 World’s Fair held in nearby Flushing Meadows Park. Other popular attractions include the New York Hall Of Science, the Queens Museum , the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and more.  Here are some things you can do in Jackson Heights:

Held on Sundays, this market offers a variety of fresh produce and locally-made products.

Jackson Heights is a foodie’s paradise, with many cuisines to try. Take a food tour to sample some of the best offerings in the neighborhood.

This museum features exhibits on the history and culture of Queens, including the famous Panorama of the City of New York .

This park is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. There are often events and performances held here as well.

This museum celebrates the life and legacy of the legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong, who lived in the neighborhood for many years.

This festival features performances and exhibitions by local artists and musicians and is a great way to experience the neighborhood’s creativity.

This public space celebrates the diversity of the neighborhood and often hosts events and performances.

Jackson Heights has a designated historic district with beautiful architecture and landmarks.

Jackson Heights is known for its vibrant dance scene, with classes available for a variety of styles, including salsa, tango, and ballroom.

The neighborhood is well-connected by public transportation; the 7 train stops at 90th Street-Elmhurst Avenue station and 74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue station. Additionally, several bus lines run through Jackson Heights, making exploring all the area has to offer easy.

But first, you need to get there. The neighborhood is easily accessible via the Roosevelt Avenue station by subway (N, R, G, E, F, 7). The E and F are express trains —- only three stops from midtown Manhattan —- but the 7 line has a most leisurely gait. A car isn’t the best means to breach the crowded streets of Jackson Heights. If you insist on driving, the BQE and Northern Boulevard are the nearest routes. Avoid navigating (a.k.a. “getting stuck”) on Roosevelt Avenue at all costs, and try 37th Avenue for parking.

Food & Drink

No visit to Jackson Heights would be complete without sampling some of its delicious cuisine. The restaurants that line Roosevelt Avenue provide a wide range of culinary experiences – from traditional Colombian fare to delicious Indian dishes. Many of these eateries also offer outdoor seating, which is perfect for enjoying the lively atmosphere of the area.

37-47 74th St. Jackson Heights, NY; 718-672-1232

The Jackson Diner has become a New York institution over the past ten years. But don’t let the name fool you. The Diner gained its incongruous name from its former location in what had been the neighborhood’s greasy spoon. Its current spacious digs have luckily not dampened the quality of the food.

The restaurant serves typical northern Indian dishes -— curries and tandooris -— that are filling yet relatively light, not floating in a sea of ghee, the clarified butter that is the base of much Indian cooking. I recommend whole heartily the chicken tikka and the aloe gobi. Scan the menu carefully. There are a few uncommon delights tucked away. The mustard greens, oh the mustard greens. They’re pungent and flavorful, making me stand up at attention and applaud.

The Jackson Diner only accepts cash, so come prepared. Dinner for two with appetizers and beer or mango lassis will run about $40, but you can spend much less and still walk out very pleased.

7209 Broadway, Jackson Heights, NY; 718-639-4791

Shaheen’s is another landmark in Jackson Heights, but one little known outside the immigrant community. It’s been in its present location since 1971. You can eat lunch or dinner here, but it is best known for its Indian sweets — or more accurately, its Pakistani sweets (Shaheen’s is a Pakistani restaurant).

Indian sweets look odd, but turn away at your loss! They are always made with a butter and sugar base and may include milk, flour, nuts, or paneer (cottage cheese). Check this link for a rundown on Indian sweets, or visit this site for tasty pictures of common threats. Or better yet, walk into Shaheen’s and pick up what looks best. A small assortment of sweets costs less than five dollars.

If you stay for a meal, check the food displayed at the counter and place your order there. Take a seat and the food will be brought to you. Prices are very reasonable.

Shaheen’s is very well known in the Pakistani community. On a weekday, its clientele is almost exclusively Pakistani men.

Bollywood in Queens

Jackson Heights is a great neighborhood for stocking up on Bollywood films and music. Bollywood is the name for the Indian film industry and the many titles it produces annually. It is the second-largest motion picture industry in the world, and its masala-style films invariably include plenty of song and dance.

73-7 37th Road, Jackson Heights, NY

Start out right by seeing the feature film at the Palace Theater on 37th Road. Formerly a blue venue, the shabby exterior hides a delightful local theater devoted to Bollywood films. Truly the big screen is the best place to see the whirling, all-singing, all-dancing, over-the-top drama of the Hindi movie masalas.

73-9 37th Road, Jackson Heights, NY; 718-429-2578

If the shows aren’t running during your visit, step next door to the little retail shop Melody Stop , where the hits continue on video, DVD, and CD. Don’t let the crowded, too narrow shop deter you from a visit. The melodies are sweet, and the prices are sweeter. Expect to pay five dollars for truly marvelous features like Lagaan (a colonial piece), Kaante ( Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects gone Bollywood), or the 1970s masterpiece Sholay (Bollywood’s greatest Western, or at least curry Western). The sales staff is friendly and will recommend titles of note to novices.

37-26 74th St. Jackson Heights, NY

For a more leisurely browse, round the corner onto 74th Street and head up the block to Raaga Super Store with its wider selection and much wider aisles. What this store makes up for in comfort, it lacks in price. In addition to the movie titles, look for its selection of bhangra , the electro-Indian pop music of the moment that has sucked a hip-hop sound into Punjabi folk music. On your way to the shop, you’ll have already heard the latest tunes pounding the concrete from cars inching their way up 74th Street.

Backtrack a few storefronts to Butala Emporium , a perfect place to find an Indian gift. Yes, Ganesh, Durga, Shiva, and other deities are there in print and statue form, along with incense, clothes, stamps, and religious charms at decent prices. In the corner, there’s a well-stocked news rack with South Asian weeklies and monthlies and other printed matter—even comic book renditions of the Hindu epics alongside soap opera magazines. Further back, the walls are stocked with English texts on the study of the South Asian subcontinent. Downstairs, find intricately carved wooden furniture at good prices. There are also Indian instruments of top quality, like the tabla drum, dholak, sitar, and harmonium. Butala is a place where you can spend a quarter or a thousand dollars, and leave with a treasure.

Stroll down 74th Street and other shops beckon. Some brilliantly. Almost every other storefront is a jewelry shop where 22-karat gold predominates. Unlike the 14k, this rich gold is a heavy, almost dull color that makes up for its lack of shine with its beautiful dense sheen and malleability, which allows for more intricate, fantastic designs. Sona Jewelry of London and Sona Chandi seem typical of the small shops.

If you do pick up jewelry, you must get all spiffed up. Several beauty salons, such as Gulzar Beauty Salon, feature traditional henna tattooing -— called mehndi -— and hair removal by (hopefully painless) threading, not the brutal wax and strip. Can you wear a sari to go with that gold and henna? It takes impeccable posture. At least window shop for saris at regal clothing stores like Neena Sari Palace or the ISP (Indian Sari Palace) .

Butala Emporium 37-46 74th St. Jackson Heights, NY http://www.indousbooks.com

Sona Chandi 37-14 74th St. Jackson Heights, NY 718-429-4653

Gulzar Beauty Salon 74-01B Roosevelt Ave. Jackson Heights, NY 718-779-2800

ISP (Indian Sari Palace) 37-07 74th St. Jackson Heights, NY

Neena Sari Palace 37-23 74th St. Jackson Heights, NY 718-651-1500

Whether you’re visiting for business or leisure, Jackson Heights Queens should definitely be on your radar. With so much culture, history and cuisine to enjoy, it’s no wonder that the area has become one of the most desirable neighborhoods in New York City!

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Mustang Thakali Kitchen

Map: 74-14 37th avenue.

Dhido, called yhosi here, is a staple in Nepal’s Mustang region. It’s made with buckwheat flour and is one of many regional specialties you can find on the menu of Mustang Thakali Kitchen in Jackson Heights. More on Mustang Thakali Kitchen .

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