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Restaurants In Jackson Heights - Viva La Comida Food Festival

Viva La Comida

Jackson Heights Hosts Culinary & Cultural Celebration

September 25, 2017 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Food & Wine in Jackson Heights Queens / Queens Buzz NYC.

A weekend ago [9/16], I had an opportunity to attend the annual Viva La Comida Festival in Jackson Heights. The festival originated in 2011 or 2012 as a sort of mini Vendy Awards festival for local food trucks and vendors who mostly served the Jackson Heights and nearby neighborhoods in Queens. They were accompanied by a whole host of local entertainers who were featured on the stage at Dunningham Triangle.


Delicious Ethnic Food Trucks & Latin Jazz

Today, six or seven years later, the basic tenets of the festival have held fast, but it has evolved into a more holistic celebration of Jackson Heights culture, including the food ... but with fewer trucks. This year there were two trucks, which was down from about six trucks back during the program inception. Although I hasten to add, that several food carts were added offsetting some of the decline of the food trucks.

viva la comida jackson heights food trucks queensOn the entertainment side, the event has blossomed, featuring numerous local musicians, dancers and theatrical performances. One of the most enjoyable aspects I experienced this year at Viva La Comida was an incredible Latin jazz band called Los Macheros. I'm not sure, but the name - which appears to have been invented - could be mixing the meanings of macho [male] and hacheros [axes] to mean something very loosely translated as the 'male axes' or a take off on the word mecheros which means [cigarette] lighter.

Los Macheros are a seven member Latin jazz band that includes a talented vocalist, two guitarists, two percussionists, and while I was there I enjoyed a very talented duel between the flautist and the violinist which you can see below on the video when I post it. The music moved people to dance and numerous couples were swinging to the jazzy tunes the entire time I was there.

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Restaurants In Jackson Heights - Arunee Thai Restaurant

Restaurants In Jackson Heights

Arunee Thai Restaurant

Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Jackson Heights Restaurants / Queens Buzz. Tonight I ventured out to a Thai restaurant in Jackson Heights that I had discovered on pure happenstance. I arrived at the restaurant around 7.30 pm on an cool overcast Saturday evening. More than half of the sixty seats had already been filled and it seemed the waiting staff had fallen a bit behind. As I sat there waiting, I began to doubt my choice.

As I surveyed the restaurant I noted that many of the customers were Thai, which I took to be a good sign, as I was looking for real Thai food, not some Americanized version of it. Within the next five to ten minutes, things completely turned. The waiting staff turned up the energy and within minutes it seemed that everyone who had been waiting now had a drink or appetizer sitting in front of them … myself included. Click here to read the full review of Arunee Thai restaurant including photos.

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Viva La Comida - 82nd Street Partnership Jackson Heights

Viva La Comida - 82nd Street - Jackson Heights

82nd Street Partnership Hosts Festival At Dunningham Triangle

September 24, 2012 / Jackson Heights / Food in Queens / Queens Buzz. On Friday evening the 82nd Street Partnership hosted Viva La Comida at Dunningham Triangle on 82nd Street at Baxter in Jackson Heights. The event was a fun, quirky preamble to the Hispanic Month activities that officially began on Sunday with the Hispanic Day Parade [click for Hispanic Day Parade report & photos].

I arrived while it was still light out. City Councilman Danny Dromm, Seth Taylor and City Councilmember Julissa Ferreras were standing for photos sandwiched between two men who’s names I will try to obtain and post at a later date. A performance by the youngsters from the Mestizo Art Center followed, much to the delight of the warm and enthusiastic crowd.

I made my way over to the food trucks where I tasted some delicacies and met interesting people … click here to read the rest of our report on Viva La Comida festival hosted by the 82nd Street Partnership in Jackson Heights. The photo to your left was taken from the inside of the Solber Pupusa food truck at the Viva La Comida festival on 82nd Street in Jackson Heights.

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Restaurants In Jackson Heights - Jackson Diner Indian Restaurant

Jackson Diner In Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Jackson Heights Restaurants / Queens Buzz.

This is a review of the Jackson Diner Indian Restaurant which is located in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens NY. The Jackson Diner is an Indian restaurant serving Indian food tailored to suit the American palate in Jackson Heights.

Click here to read our report about the Jackson Diner - Indian restaurants in Jackson Heights.

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Cavalier - Jackson Heights

Cavalier Restaurant Lounge Closes - Jackson Heights

Iconic 1950's Lounge Takes A Break?

Jackson Heights / February 7, 2010. The Cavalier Lounge / Restaurant of Jackson Heights closed its doors today. This report was written the day of the closing when one of our reporters visited the iconic lounge to say his farewells to the family that had run the Cavalier Lounge for nearly forty years. Click here to read the full report about the Cavalier Restaurant and Lounge in Jackson Heights.

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Restaurants In Jackson Heights - La Portena Argentine Steakhouse

Restaurants In Jackson Heights

LaPortena Argentine Steakhouse

Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Jackson Heights Restaurants / Queens Buzz. 

La Portena Restaurant & Steak House closed in April of 2014 following a fire in the building.

La Portena Argentinian Steakhouse isn't exactly the kind of restaurant that would come to mind when you think of Jackson Heights ... that is unless you live there. La Portena Argentinian Steakhouse is located at 74th Street and 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights. It's quite a popular restaurant which is what first caught my attention. While Indian, Bangladeshi, Thai and Nepalese restaurants first come to mind when thinking about Jackson Heights / Elmhurst restaurants, there's an entire Latin American flavor to the restaurant mix in the neighborhood - and the food and service are both very good. Click here to read a the full review of La Portena Argentinian Steakhouse, including more photos.

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Bars & Restaurants In Jackson Heights

The Jazz Age Returns To Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights / Update February 7, 2010.  The Cavalier closed its doors today.  The details may be obtained via a link which we added to the following story.

Jackson Heights / January 18, 2009. I spent part of last Friday evening at the Cavalier Restaurant and Lounge in Jackson Heights, enjoying the return of a retro forties lounge act. Bethany Wild sang some beautiful tunes reminiscent of the jazz age, while the crowd enjoyed dinner and / or drinks.

Her soft, sensuous voice wafted through the lounge with piano [via track] in the background. The crowd included an eclectic mix of people who might have enjoyed similar tunes in their youth, as well as young couples in their twenties, thirties and forties. It was a nice mix of ambiance, alcohol, acoustics and alliteration. Bethany returns next Friday from 7 to 10 pm.

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Jackson Heights Restaurants

Jackson Heights & Elmhurst Restaurants

Reviews of Restaurants In Jackson Heights & Elmhurst

April 2018 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Queens Restaurants / Queens Buzz NYC.

This section is dedicated to reviews of restaurants in the Jackson Heights and Elmhurst neighborhoods of Queens NY. Jackson Heights and Elmhurst are known for a wide range of diverse restaurants including Indian, Thai, Nepalese, Argentinian and other Asian and Latin American cuisines.

Click here to go into the Jackson Heights Restaurants section of this site.