In the last decade, the Jackson Heights dining scene has exploded. With an emphasis on South Asian, South American, Southeast Asian, and Mexican, it has one of the most interesting mix of reasonably priced restaurants in the city. And within each category, there is stunning diversity. You can get food from a restaurant representing a specific state in Nepal, or from a shop and beer bar that seeks to reproduce the sandwich culture of Lima, Peru. Meanwhile, the menu of a Filipino newcomer centers on the Bicol region of the archipelago.
One area to watch lies along Northern Boulevard, where the growth in South American restaurants during this period has been amazing. Now there are many cocktail bars that mount happy hours from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (walk east from 80th Street and check the chalkboards), where a mixed drink can cost a mere $5, with cheap snacks galore. Three restaurants specialize in elaborately topped hot dogs washed down with fruit drinks. So come with us now and enjoy the remarkable dining and drinking neighborhood of Jackson Heights.Read More