Must-See Jackson Heights
by Jessica Allen, 09/19/2014
Espresso 77. Photo: Joe Buglewicz
El Palacio de los Cholados
83-18 Northern Blvd., 917-436-5649
81-04 37th Ave., 718-651-0700
35-57 77th St., 718-424-1077
The menu at El Palacio de Los Cholados is as limited as its flavors are big. Several of the items on offer come with a straw, a spoon and a dozen or so napkins. You'll need them all to thoroughly enjoy the "super combinación" cholado: crushed ice, fruit syrup and condensed milk poured over strata of banana, mangos, strawberries, coconut and pineapple. The concoctions at Jahn's also blur the line between drinks, desserts and mind-blowing mixes. Depending on your appetite (and the size of your party), you might go in for the famous Kitchen Sink Sundae, which purports to feed eight. It comes in a bucket with a ladle. Or you can order a milkshake, an egg cream or a malted from this family-owned diner, whose decor harks back to a time when there were Jahn's throughout the New York City area. (The very first one opened in 1897.) Another important community fixture is Espresso 77, which serves coffee drinks and teas, and uses its walls as a gallery, playing host to rotating displays of work by local artists.