New York City's 7 train hurtles out of the tunnel at Court House Square, the third stop in Queens, and from that point on, shuttles on an elevated line above neighborhoods dense with diverse Latin communities. Get off at any stop along Queens Boulevard or, especially, Roosevelt Avenue, and you'll find Latin specialties—from mole poblano to spit-roasted cuy-- at sit-down restaurants and grab-n-go panaderias. As you gear up for the annual trek to Flushing Meadows, just one stop before the end of the 7 line, to watch the U.S. Open, be sure to make plans to visit one or more of these spots along the way.
Jora Peruvian Kitchen and Pisco Bar
47-46 11th Street, Long Island City
Closest #7 train station: Vernon Bouelvard
Though it's a few blocks from the 7 train, this upscale Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar is worth the walk. Owned by the same family that owns Urubamba, the popular Jackson Heights restaurant that claims to be one of the oldest Peruvian restaurants in New York City, Jora opened in early August. At present, it's only open for dinner, from 5:30-11 pm daily, so stop by on your way home from the day matches. Expect traditional Peruvian favorites, including octopus and ceviche dishes, all to be accompanied, of course, by pisco.
53-21 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside
Closest #7 train station: 52nd Street
The Woodside section of Queens has numerous Ecuadorian restaurants, but this one is among the best. Seafood lovers should definitely stop here for lunch or dinner (the restaurant is open daily from 11am-11pm); the menu has extensive options showcasing the traditional dishes of the Ecuadorian coast, including seafood soup and trout and snapper served whole. If you're not familiar with Ecuadorian food, atrévete and try a llapingacho, a mashed potato cake served with a peanut sauce; chaulafan (fried rice with mixed meats and shrimp); or a bandera Ecuatoriana, a plate that features rice, shrimp cocktail, tripe, and goat.
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