Posts Tagged ‘jackson heights

17
Aug
10

La Pequeña Colombia in Jackson Heights

After a nice unexpected call from a friend, we decided to try something in Jackson Heights.  Although Kai hails from Chinatown, he was in the mood for some Latin food.  And, he wasn’t complaining about the presence of Latin women in the restaurant and neighborhood.  He got a recommendation for La Pequeña and after checking Urban Spoon, I agreed to try it.  I had been wanting to try a new Colombian restaurant since I live in the heart of Little Colombia but I don’t have many friends who are willing to trek out to Queens just to eat.  La Pequeña had a nice variety of entrees on their menu.  I wanted to try their soup of the day but they were out.  After consulting our server about her recommendations, I basically just asked Kai, “Which mound of meat would you like to order?”  We ordered a Platos Tipicos and another steak dish.  It came with bread, salad, beans, rice, eggs, chicharron, and arepas.  I couldn’t stop from stuffing myself, the food was so good.  I need to learn how to cook rice the Colombian way.  I’m used to cooking it with water only but I believe Colombians add onion, garlic, salt, and oil to the water.  Anyone have a recipe?  Please see pictures below.

Bread Basket and Sauces

Platters of juicy, tender, delicousness- not for vegetarians!

13
May
10

Apple Flavored Soda- Mundet

I found some Apple Soda at the supermarket in Jackson heights. It intrigued me because it said that the flavor comes from the apple. I tried explaining it to my coworkers but they kept calling it apple cider even though I described it as apple juice with carbonation. It is delicious, at any rate, and my coworkers can’t get enough of it.  It also comes in green apple, which is sweeter.

Mundet Apple Flavored Soda

Green Apple Soda

20
Aug
09

Indian Taj

Indian Taj on 74th Street, Jackson Heights

Indian Taj on 74th Street, Jackson Heights

I had a chance to try the buffet at Indian Taj on 74th Street in Jackson Heights.  I really liked their curry goat and chili chicken.  Great flavor, although I don’t claim to be an experienced Indian food diner.  The fresh nan that they brought around during the meal was delicious as well.  My friend Leigh ordered a Gin & Tonic.  Next time I will order a lassi which looked quite refreshing.  I’ve only tried mango lassi before but I’ve never tried the plain one.  Something to look forward to!

28
Jul
09

Feel Like Indian Food? Go to a diner.

Jackson Diner is a fairly well known dining establishment in New York City, specifically Queens.  But, the surprising and fun fact is that Jackson Diner serves Indian Food (because most of the diners in New York are Greek diners).  I have only recently begun to open my palette to Indian food and I learned a little bit about it while dating an Indian guy.  There are so many different states/regions and styles of Indian cuisine.  I recently leafed through a book that broke down the cuisine by region (North, South, East, West, and Central).  In the U.S., however, just like Chinese food, the regional differences go undifferentiated for the most part.

All that to say that I really enjoyed the food at Jackson Diner but I can’t really say much else about it.  The condiments that came with the thin crispy bread (please inform me if you know what I’m talking about) were out of this world.  They brought us sweet peppers made spicy, a sweet red salsa, and a green salsa.  For entrees, we had Chicken Tikka Masala and Saag Paneer with rice accompanied by a thick lentil sauce and a thin yogurt sauce.

Jackson Diner Bread

Jackson Diner Bread

The Jackson Diner menu and the beautiful Lea

The Jackson Diner menu and the beautiful Lea

There are a ton of Indian buffets and restaurants on 74th street in Jackson Heights, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, oh yes, and also a great Indian grocery store.  Other places to get good Indian food, I’ve heard, are in the East Village and parts of Jersey, such as the Journal Square area.   There’s a joke that I heard on a scavenger hunt through Watson Adventures that all the restaurants on Little India Row on 6th Street in the East Village use the same kitchen!

28
Jul
09

Cemitas, Elotes, Pandebono, Tamales

It is absolutely amazing to see the variety of foods that are available in Jackson Heights.  I am trying to get a handle on the different kinds of Latin foods in the neighborhood.  I heard that the neighborhood used to be primarily Colombian for a couple of decades but has seen a huge influx of all other Latinos over the years.  There are four foods that have become a staple in my diet (besides tacos, the authentic kind, not the Taco Bell kind).  The first being Pandebono.  A Colombian friend introduced these to me.  It is a bread made from cassava, cheese, and eggs.  It is quite easy to get fresh baked Pandebono in Jackson Heights and there was a time that I was eating them everyday.

I discovered Cemitas at a Mexican restaurant on 82nd street near Roosevelt.  Although I’m pretty sure that Cemitas are not necessarily breakfast food, I’ve been eating the Chorizo con Huevo Cemita (sausage and egg) for breakfast.  It comes with chorizo, egg, lettuce, tomato, cheese, hot sauce, Mexican cheese, and papalo (an herb) and avocado on a hearty bun.

Elotes are corn on the cob.  Near my place they serve them grilled or boiled with mayonnaise, grated cheese, and chili powder, although I’ve read about a number of variations on this including the use of lime.

And God bless the ladies who sell fresh tamales right by the subway stations in Jackson Heights.  Perfectly steamed masa with tender chicken or pork inside, with or without jalapeño peppers.  Red sauce or green sauce (or hot pink, haven’t tried that kind yet).  For a dollar you can grab a nice hearty breakfast for the train ride.

Other cart foods abound in the neighborhood that are stocked with sweet looking treats and also things such as arepas and quesadillas.  Would you consider them in direct competition with the Halal or Teriyaki carts?  Hmmm.

Half a Cemita served with roasted jalapeno

Half a Cemita served with roasted jalapeno




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