Recently Opened Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 09/02/2014

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  • Arepa Lady
    77-02AA Roosevelt Ave., no phone, Jackson Heights, Queens
    The Arepa Lady is no longer elusive now that she has a brick-and-mortar café in Jackson Heights, instead of just a cart on the corner. Maria Piedad Cano, a Colombian immigrant, gained fame years ago for her golden, sweet, buttery corn cakes stuffed with mozzarella and chicken, chorizo or steak. Old habits are hard to give up—both for her and the obsessives who track her—so she will still run the cart on Friday and Saturday nights until 2am near the 74th St.–Broadway stop on the 7 line (or Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. on the E, F, M and R). At other times you'll find her in her no-frills storefront along with her offspring who have joined her in the operation. The arepas are fabulous, huge and fluffy, and can be dressed up with pale-green garlic sauce, hot sauce or salsa rosa (in essence, mayonnaise and ketchup). To drink are tropical juices—which go well with vodka (note: it's BYOB).

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