A true melting pot, Jackson Heights is a fascinating mix of Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese and Latin American cultures. Little India is a cluster of shops selling Indian wares and cuisine, while the area’s Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants offer dining experiences available nowhere else west of Kathmandu. Most of the neighborhood is a designated historic district, and during a relaxing stroll along its streets you’ll notice prewar apartment buildings built in French Renaissance, Romanesque and Tudor styles.
Jackson Heights is famed for its Indian immigrants, but the neighborhood is actually a melting pot of international cultures—and offers plenty of tasty dining options.
See the multicultural neighborhood with your own eyes.
This neighborhood spot, which sports a distinct “Latino boho vibe,” is a traditional bar and lounge downstairs—but upstairs, the bar has live music most nights of the week on a small stage suspended in mid-air, surrounded by three-tier wooden bleachers for spectators.
This taco cart is a staple of the late-night, post-bar scene—large lines can be spotted here at any hour of the day or night, filled with customers clamoring for $2 tacos filled with al pastor, carnitas, chorizo or carne enchilada, as well as the stand’s tortas, sopes, flautas, tostadas or quesadillas (not to mention the cart’s wide selection of Jarritos Mexican sodas to wash it all down).
This tasteful BYOB spot takes its name from a small village in the highlands of Peru and specializes in that area’s cuisine—serving up ceviche, papa rellenas, jalea and other Peruvian favorites, as well as a full range of steakhouse standards like skirt steak, strip steak and seafood.
Extraordinarily delicious and inexpensive, the all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffets at Indian Taj are fit for a king, but affordable for a commoner: you can eat as much rice, curry, vegetables and naan as your plate (and stomach) can hold—and then some.
This relaxed, family-friendly Argentine steakhouse offers an eclectic grill menu—alongside traditional favorites like juicy chorizo, skirt and strip steaks, blood sausage, parillada, chimichurri and crisp empanadas, you’ll also find pastas with homemade sauces and wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas.