Must-See Jackson Heights
by Jessica Allen, 09/19/2014
Terraza 7. Photo: Joe Buglewicz
40-19 Gleane St., 718-803-9602
86-13 Northern Blvd., 718-806-1270
Amaru Pisco Bar
84-13 Northern Blvd., 718-205-5577
Open daily from 4 pm to 4 am, Terraza 7 provides a dizzying array of entertainment. Freddy Castiblanco, the owner, wanted his place to be a bar, club and performance venue, so he regularly books poetry slams, DJs, film screenings, musicians who jam and musicians who play standard sets, and vocalists in Afro, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and other traditions. The performers do their diverse things on an elevated stage above the ground-floor bar area, which has tables, couches, hammocks and statues of saints. You can eat, drink, canoodle or some combination thereof at La Gloria, a dimly lit, maroon-hued lounge and popular restaurant serving primarily Cuban food. Down the street is Amaru Pisco Bar, offering roughly 20 types of this potent Peruvian spirit. You can drink the stuff straight or get it mixed into a house-made cocktail, such as the Alturas (puree of prickly pear, aloe vera, lemon juice, gum syrup and Pisco 100) or the Ichicgo Pisco (cava, simple syrup, strawberries cured in Ty Ku soju, lime juice and Pisco 100).