This outpost of a Colombian food cart has been churning authentic arepas straight from an old family recipe since the early 1990s. Arepas are a staple in Colombian and Cuban cuisines, consisting of corn and mozzarella pancakes grilled to perfection. Arepa Lady’s owner, Maria Cano, remains a Jackson Heights icon and food celebrity who delivers outstanding, quality food to those willing to wait in long lines. Be sure to order the choclo arepa with chorizo, a spicy Latin sausage.
Arepa Lady, 77-02 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY, USA, +1 347 730 6124
SriPraPhai‘s customers often find themselves in long lines waiting to feast on the aromatic hot and spicy dishes inside this Thai-inspired restaurant. Papaya salad and coconut rice balance the savory, heavily spiced dishes like roasted duck green curry and red snapper served with red chili sauce. A favorite includes the crispy watercress salad dressed with shrimp.
SriPraPhai, 64-13 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY, USA, +1 718 899 9599