Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Corona

by Michael Hsu, 03/17/2014 [Updated 09/09/2015]

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  • Tortilleria Nixtamal
    104-05 47th Ave., 718-699-2434
    Leo's Latticini
    46-02 104th St., 718-898-6069
    El Hornero Bakery
    96-08 Roosevelt Ave., 718-651-0400
    The Lemon Ice King of Corona
    52-02 108th St., 718-699-5133
    If you're looking for a quick bite, Corona has a number of stellar options. Tortilleria Nixtamal's proprietors make tortillas on site using non-GMO white corn that's stone ground before being pressed into an old-school tortilla machine in the restaurant's front window. This results in an intense corn flavor that makes the tacos here well worth the trip. Over at Leo's Latticini (or "Mama's," as the locals call it), you can get an Italian sandwich, like a Genoa salami sub or eggplant parmigiana, along with succulent balls of homemade mozzarella. For something sweet, El Hornero Bakery has treats like dulce de leche cake and guava pie. And no trip to the neighborhood would be complete without a visit to the Lemon Ice King of Corona, which has doled out Italian ices made with fresh ingredients for 70 years. The flavors—which servers are prohibited from combining—include coconut and blueberry (both with bits of real fruit), coffee (strong and clean) and pistachio (salty and sweet).

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