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Title: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Palermo on September 20, 2016, 07:06:49 AM
Wife and I tried to name atleast one restaurant/cafe from every nation we could think of in Jackson Heights.  Borders: Northern Blvd/Junction Blvd/Roosevelt Ave/BQE.

Afghani   Afghan Kebab & Grill
American   Jahns
Argentina   La Cabana Argentina
Bangladesh   Kababaish
Brazilian    Aroma Brazil
Chinese   Jardin de China
Colombian   La Pequena Colombia
Cuban   La Gloria (weak example, Rincon Criollo is a better one, but outside limits)
El Salvadorian   Mi Pequeño El Salvador Restaurant
Equadorian   Picada Azuaya
Indian   Delhi Heights
Italian   Uncle Peters
Japanese   Tomo
Korean   UFC
Mexican   Taqueria Coatzingo
Nepalese   Lali Guras
Pakistani   Taste of Lahore
Peruvian   Urubamba
Spanish   Café Salamanca
Thai   Kitchen 79
Tibetian   Phayul
Uruguayan    La Gran Uruguayan Cafe Restaurant

Did we miss anything?  DR's Boca Chica is just barely outside the hood.
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: NYC Peromyscus on September 20, 2016, 07:42:32 AM
Kababish is Pakistani.  Dhaka Garden or other places on 73rd are Bangladeshi
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Lilybell on September 20, 2016, 10:32:06 AM
I was just wondering if we have any Vietnamese restaurants in the hood.  I guess not.
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Dodger on September 20, 2016, 10:38:50 AM
I was just wondering if we have any Vietnamese restaurants in the hood.  I guess not.

Yeah I think you would have to bend the neighborhood boundaries a little bit to include Thai Son. Otherwise no Vietnamese.

This is a great idea for a thread!
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: homeowner on September 20, 2016, 10:41:58 AM
Uncle Peter's - Italian?  hmmmmm.
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: rila on September 20, 2016, 01:05:08 PM
Vietnamese=Thai son https://www.yelp.com/biz/th%C3%A1i-son-jackson-heights-3

even though it is officially in Elmhurst according to postal address, I consider it in Jackson Heights.
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: bellabella on September 20, 2016, 09:09:12 PM
Uncle Peter's - Italian?  hmmmmm.
I was just about to post the same thing. Uncle Peter's does not represent Italian food to me.  I haven't tried the new armondo's but  have eaten in the former location.
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Jeffsayyes on September 21, 2016, 08:50:00 AM
Great thread, but maybe we can keep a running list here. Just copy, paste, and add the next one. I'll add::::


Afghani   Afghan Kebab & Grill[/size]American   JahnsArgentina   La Cabana ArgentinaBangladesh   KababaishBrazilian    Aroma BrazilChinese   Jardin de ChinaColombian   La Pequena ColombiaCuban   La Gloria (weak example, Rincon Criollo is a better one, but outside limits)El Salvadorian   Mi Pequeño El Salvador RestaurantEquadorian   Picada AzuayaIndian   Delhi HeightsItalian   Uncle PetersJapanese   TomoKorean   UFCMexican   Taqueria CoatzingoNepalese   Lali GurasPakistani   Taste of LahorePeruvian   UrubambaSpanish   Café SalamancaThai   Kitchen 79Tibetian   PhayulUruguayan    La Gran Uruguayan Cafe Restaurant
Vietnamese   Thai Son


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Comment: Delhi Heights is Nepali, though they do a lot of Indian food. I don't want to hijack this, but I'm thorough.

Also, Thai Son is technically not JH. I think it's technically Woodside. I'm willing to include it if you are...
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Jeffsayyes on September 21, 2016, 08:50:30 AM
shucks, the formatting is off...
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Shelby2 on September 21, 2016, 10:42:24 PM
Does Juju's count as Lebanese-American?  Sami makes hummus!
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Jennliza on September 25, 2016, 11:06:48 AM
Forgot Greek food - Plaka
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Jeffsayyes on September 25, 2016, 09:59:32 PM
Russian - Appetito
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Shelby2 on September 25, 2016, 10:12:11 PM
A friend once told me about a Bolivian place he goes to on Northern Blvd.  I couldn't recall the name, but I just searched to see if I could find it and it seems like it might be Club Kabu. 

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/queens-serves-bolivian-restaurants-article-1.132306
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Palermo on September 26, 2016, 06:36:11 AM
So with a one block neighborhood border cushion (italicized altered, underlined questioned):

Afghani   Afghan Kebab & Grill
American   Jahns
Argentinian   La Cabana Argentina
Bangladeshi   Dhaka Gardens
Bolivian    Club Kabu
Brazilian    Aroma Brazil
Chinese   Jardin de China
Colombian   La Pequena Colombia
Cuban   Rincon Criollo
Dominican   Boca Chica
El Salvadorian   Mi Pequeño El Salvador Restaurant
Equadorian      Picada Azuaya
Indian      Delhi Heights
Italian   Armandos
Japanese   Tomo
Korean   Chung Ki Wa
Mexican   Taqueria Coatzingo
Nepalese   Lali Guras
Pakistani   Kakbabish
Peruvian   Urubamba
Philipino  Ihawan
Spanish   Café Salamanca
Thai   Kitchen 79
Tibetian   Phayul
Uruguayan    La Gran Uruguayan Cafe Restaurant
Vietnamese   Thai Son

Honorable mentions:
Greek   Plaka (well outside of borders)
Russian  Appetito (no sitting area, but in JH)

Perhaps honorable mention if-Sammy-makes-the-Falafels-more-often-but-his-(olive)-hummus-is-great:
Lebanese  Juju's

About Delhi Heights.  We went there twice and had Indian, but based on what Jeff said that maybe I hadn't realized its Nepali base.  So then I looked for Indian on yelp and realized that almost all South Asian (and Tibet) places give multiple cuisines.  So out of:

Bangladeshi
Bhutanese  (Do we even have one?)
Indian
Nepalese
Pakistani
Tibetian

what places could be considered the most indicative of those countries, in menu, spirit and perhaps clientele?  Also, does any place do any Sri Lankan at all?
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: dssjh on September 26, 2016, 02:08:58 PM
Lali Guras has a lot of Bhutanese dishes.

for Nepalese, i'd recommend Mustang Thakali Kitchen

Indian, Samudra for South Indian, for meat, probably Al-Naimat.
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Jeffsayyes on September 27, 2016, 11:02:45 AM
For Bhutanese, there is Ema Dhatse on Woodside Ave / 68th... not sure if that falls within the boundaries. There is another one further down. I'm not sure if any of the owners here are bhutanese.


Why are Lali Guras, Dhaka Garden, Phayul, Kababish questioned? I think they are all pretty true.


----what places could be considered the most indicative of those countries, in menu, spirit and perhaps clientele?----
[/size]what places could be considered the most indicative of those countries, in menu, spirit and perhaps clientele?
I really think this the crux for what is considered "authentic".... It's such a loaded term, you really have to be careful when using it. Does the flavor on the plate make it authentic? Maybe if you are a homecook, yeah, but I think that authenticity is the whole world of the place. Not just the food, but the people. Also, the food always changes. People have to make the distinction between authentic and traditional --- two very different things.
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: toddg on September 28, 2016, 07:52:29 AM
Markie B's Jamaican Cuisine, 32-23 Junction Blvd
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: Palermo on October 02, 2016, 11:48:54 AM
Oh i wasn't questioning them per se, its just that my knowledge of south asian food is very limited, so I was just trying to gather opinions. 

I'd agree that "authentic" is a loaded term, so that's why I didn't use it.  What even is authentic?  You'd be hard pressed to find an Italian restaurant around here which can be found outside the tourist areas in Italy.  Heck, even lumping all of India into a single slot isn't fair.  It's a huge country and maybe Dravidian food is as different from Punjabi food as Sicilian is to Emilia-Romanan. 
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: JDinJH on December 02, 2016, 09:48:51 PM
This is the best post ever!  I saw it when it first come out and I still refer to it when I need a little inspiration. 
Title: Re: Food Nations of Jackson Heights
Post by: JHMNY on June 29, 2018, 01:27:48 PM
This is an older thread, but definitely worth reviving. I was disappointed recently to find out that the Ecuadorean restaurant, La Picada Azuaya has closed. Apart from my mom's cooking, this was my go-to place for an Ecuadorean fix, sit-down style. The local food carts are great, but sometimes a restaurant is what's called for, particularly when dining with friends and family. Hornado Ecuatoriano over on Roosevelt is good for its signature dish, roast pork, but I have yet to try something else from the menu. Has anyone tried Barzola?  I think it's located on 92nd and 37th Ave.