Can anyone recommend some colombian bars or clubs in queens. The only latin bars that I know are in Roosevelt avenue and its packed of mexicans. Where do you ny'ers usually go?

Posted on December 31, 2008

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There was a place called Extravaganza, off of Northern Blvd, IF, i'm not mistaken.

Posted on December 31, 2008

"Natives", if it is still open. 82-22 Northern Blvd in Jackson Heights. There is also alot of stuff in the surrounding area. They used to have live music, events etc...a lot of Colombian bars, restaurants & clubs are on Northern Blvd in Jackson Heights. 37th Ave in JH is also a strip for restaurants/bars. You can also find Colombian places in Corona, East Elmhurst, and even in Astoria along Steinway. Most places are not MAJOR clubs, but little neighborhood hangouts w/ music. Good luck! : )

Posted on December 31, 2008

Lion-O, I live in Queens and there is nothing really that is exclusively Colombian anymore since Colombian's in Queens have essentially assimilated in with the Dominicans, Ecuadorians, Boriquas, etc.

Natives is there still, not sure how good it is. Jubilee on the weekends is supposed to be good (23-04 94th St). Soel on Queens Blvd and 33rd St. is rocking on Thurs-Sat nights. LQ's of course in the city. Check out DJ Camilo on myspace or his website--he's a Colombian DJ from Jackson Heights who spins on Hot97 and at various clubs all over the city.

Posted on December 31, 2008

Also, one of my sources says Sarabanda used to be very good. It's at 32-10 37th Ave. in Astoria. Rhydewithdis is correct--almost everything is assimilated in Queens. Just stay away from Chinese restaurants advertising bandeja paisa! lol

Posted on December 31, 2008

Well, I found some info about clubs or restaurants in Queens or surrounding areas.
Me gusta bailar, the list below compliments your recommendation, Natives.

Cafecito Bogota
Neighborhood: Brooklyn/Greenpoint
1015 Manhattan Ave
(between Green St & Huron St)
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 569-0077

Chibcha Restaurant
Category: Restaurants
Neighborhood: Queens/Elmhurst
7905 Roosevelt Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 429-9033

"Remember that long, unedited shot at the beginning of Goodfellas, where Ray Liotta walks through this night club, and everybody knows him, and the booths are filled with grinning fat cats and their brightly-colored tarts who laugh and drink, and this whole, deep, amazing underworld just opens-up its bosom to him, and you are awash in cigarette smoke, and the air is filled with bright brass, and you feel sultry all the way down to your bones? Chibcha is just like that on a Saturday night, except the fat cats are Colombian and the tarts are twice as good-looking and five times easier than anything that ever decorated Joe Pesci's arm.

This is a date-night sort of place. Dress up. Go at NIGHT on a WEEKEND. Chibcha serves food almost all day, but during the day it's just another one of several really good Colombian restaurants within a few blocks (chiefly, Tierras Colombianas). What you want to do is show up about 9:00 PM on Friday or Saturday and order a bunch of food and spend 2 hours eating it and drinking till the show starts at 11PM. Over the years Chibcha has drawn some of the most recognizable Latin music acts, including Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, and Enrique Iglesias. Did I mention it's good to dress up."

Tierras Colombianas
Category: Latin American
Neighborhood: Queens/Long Island City
3301 Broadway
Long Island City, NY 11106
(718) 956-3012

Lexy M.
New York, NY
Tierras Colombianas, my go to Colombian spot!

"When I'm in the mood for good traditional Colombian food I hop on the N or W train to Astoria! Yummy! Come here with a BIG appetite though because they do no mess around! Colombians eat and they eat good! (lol)

Very large plates and some many big enough to share. My favorite and traditional dish to get is the "Mountain Plate" it comes with everything! Steak, beans & rice, egg, corn cake, sweet plantains, fried pork, avocado & salad! I pair this hungry man plate with a sweet colombian style orange soda (a favorite of mine).

If your in Astoria and feeling like your in a Latin or Colombian mood, this is the spot! ;o)"

Native Restaurant
Category: Restaurants
Neighborhood: Queens/Jackson Heights
8222 Northern Blvd
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 335-0780

Rafa H.
Washington, DC
"Whenever I go to NY for business or vacation I always go to Natives, either for dinner (weekdays) or breakfast (Saturdays), and sometimes both! It's the best Colombian restaurant I have been to so far in the West coast and I've not yet been dissapointed with food or service. Plus, prices are fair. In the morning, I normally have Desayuno Especial (special breakfast), or Chocolate with either Arepa de Choclo (sort of sweet corn bread) and melted cheese, Pandebonos, or Arepa with Chorizo and Colombian coffee!! For lunch, I go for either Ajiaco, Viudo de Pescado, or Bandeja Paisa, or a combination of the soup of the day (Sancocho de Cola, Sopa de Cuchuco and Sancocho de Pescado are my favorites) plus one of their main entrees (Sobrebarriga and Pollo Sudado are usually very good). When I leave room for dessert I go for Arroz con Leche y Pasas or Flan de Leche."

Monica C.
New York, NY
"Right before I took off to college (back in the day), I decided it was time for my wholesome American friends to experience a little taste of Colombia. Mind you, prior to this, my dad lived a couple blocks from Natives and I would accompany him and his friends for dinner- 4 hour dinners that involved the passing around of lots of food and watching his friends get progressively more and more drunk. I remember lots of wooden benches and huge platters of food. (No longer. Natives underwent some serious renovations. Half of it is a restaurant, now with cushy booths, and the other half has a little stage where musicians play. I believe El Gran Combo was there once. I digress....)

Taking my friends here was a great idea. Their portions are large and tasty. The juices (although made from concentrate as you cannot find all the fruits here) were delicious. They had lots of options, yet managed to stick to typical Colombian platters. Needless to say, the majority of people that come by here know the food, but the waiter was patient and helped my friends chose dishes. Service was fast, not super friendly, but once we started eating we forgot all about it.

Plus its full of Colombians. You can't beat that."

Tierras Colombianas -
82-18 Roosevelt Ave. - Queens (Jackson Heights)

A Taste of Colombia Rolls Through New York??s Streets

Empanada Mama, 763 Ninth Avenue; (212) 698-9008;
El Tequilazo, 43 West 46th Street; (212) 768-0770.
Bogota Latin Bistro, 141 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn; (718) 230-3805;

Pollos Mario, 83-02 37th Avenue; (718) 457-8800; and 86-13 Roosevelt Avenue; (718) 205-7777; both in Jackson Heights, Queens.

La Fonda Antioqueña, 32-25 Steinway Street, Astoria, Queens; (718) 726-9857.

El Basurero, 32-17 Steinway Street, Astoria, Queens; (718) 545-7077.

Natives, 82-22 Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights, Queens; (718) 335-0780.

Xtasis, 82-12 Northern Boulevard; (718) 651-8712.

El Palacio de los Cholados, 83-18 Northern Boulevard; no phone.

Mama??s Empanadas, 85-05 Northern Boulevard, (718) 505-9937, and other locations.

D??Antigua, 84-16 Northern Boulevard; (718) 779-0128;

Extravaganza, 33-15 Broadway (near Northern Boulevard); (718) 565-6454.

Vallenato on the River, July 3 from 8 p.m. to midnight, leaves from Pier 40 in Manhattan; $25 in advance, $30 at the door;

Do you want to know more about Colombians places in Elmhurst or Queens?
Contact: Centro Civico Colombiano:
90-37 Corona Avenue, Elmhurst, NY, 11373
Telefonos : 1718-699-4833 Fax : 1718-271-2598

Posted on December 31, 2008

Monpirri, that list just made my stomach growl with hunger!

Posted on December 31, 2008

MeGustaBailar, I hear you.
As you can see, we need to be resourceful in finding the info.

Lion-O, "I live in Queens and there is nothing really that is exclusively Colombian anymore since Colombian's in Queens have essentially assimilated in with the Dominicans, Ecuadorians, Boriquas, etc."

The only ones who assimilate are the voltiarepas! lol

The Richardshari, you were also correct with Extravaganza.

Posted on December 31, 2008

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, everything is assimilated and there really is no "colombian" place like previously mentioned. I live right behind "Basurero" that is on Steinway Street, just off of Broadway in Astoria. Some nice decorations, but not really Colombian - regular burgers you can buy anywhere and NOTHING like the pizza one buys in Colombia.
I think there's a colombian club further down Steinway and if not mistaken Extravaganza is on Broadway between Northern and Roosevelt.

Too bad "Arepas Pues" is gone (now condos like everything else) because that IMO was good Colombian food - could also be because everytime I went I was completely bombed with my Colombian friends.

When my wife and I want colombian food.......

.... we stay home.

Posted on December 31, 2008

Bufalo, if you are near to the Ronkonkoma Line of the LIRR, there is a really nice restaurant in Brentwood called Mi Territa. I've been there several times and Swinn88 lives near there and has been there as well. Much as we try, we never seem to be able to get the logistics right so that we can be there at the same time.

Posted on December 31, 2008

Ahhh I have been to Mi Territa as well! Wow, off the beaten path, but they have good food too. And there is a Colombian bakery in the same strip! It used to be you had to be in the city to find Colombian food, but even Farmingdale has a Colombian Restaurant now. Granted, the very best ones are still in Queens. Good to see all the NYers coming outta the woodwork for this topic : )

Posted on December 31, 2008

Hey if I want to go to Mi Territa, I have to travel all the way from Albany. So it has to be good. But it always is.

Posted on December 31, 2008

Thanks for the info Papi, Swinn88 and I were going to try to meet up in Medellin, and it didn't pan out either...

Posted on December 31, 2008

Bufalo, I guess you know better than the comments posted by the visitors on each of the places listed posted.
Do you know if Chibcha restaurant still a Colombian spot?
Do you know if they still meet at Club de Leones??
Do you keep in contact with CCC for further details about their activities in the area?

Posted on December 31, 2008

Crap, I just finshed responding and then unplugged my system accidentally. Hopefully I remember all the info I had the first time.

Centor Civico Colombiano:

93-07 Corona Avenue, 718) 699-4833
- I had a flyer with their stuff but lost it. On saturdays they do give cultural dance classes to the kiddies 6 (our duaghter will go when there's time), they also give English classes and immigration advice - all really inexpensive. This past Christmas they had all 9 nights of Novenas complete with buñuelos and natilla, started at 7 PM sharp. We unfortunately only made it once and got their late. A good colombian bakery nearby.

I don't hang around the people that I used to that go or went to Chibcha so I really don't know. However, that is old-school stuff here. Been around for a while, I'd imagine it's still "colombian"

No clue about Club de Leones.

I believe Extravaganza, Basurero and Ritmos (colombian club next door) are all owned by the same person, or run by the same group, or something like that. I've never been to Ritmos, just pass it constantly, but to me it reminds me of the older bars in Colombia. Dark, loud music - a place to sit around a table getting blasted after a few bottles. Basurero seems to be more of a place for yuppies to go to when they want to "get some colombian".

I did hear that there is a place for colombian burgers/pizza right nearby Natives, but haven't looked for it yet. If it exists, I'll move next door.

Oh and I spotted the gringo version of colombian food - "Sancocho in a Bag"...

... of course in the frozen food section.

Posted on December 31, 2008

I have eaten at Mi Tierrita, it was good but I accidentally ate half a chicharron before I realised what it was - and later lost my meal for it :(

I also ate at a place in Boston (north of the Boston U), and it was nothing to write home about. That was funny though, I wasn't even looking for it, but came upon it at lunch time when I was looking for a shoe store.

Posted on December 31, 2008

Queens Journal; For Local Colombians, An Atypical Lions Club
Does anyone here know if Colombians still meet at Lions Club?

"Vallenato on the River, July 3 from 8 p.m. to midnight, leaves from Pier 40 in Manhattan; $25 in advance, $30 at the door;"
The New York Times.
Vallenato on the River? Sounds like a lot of fun! Has anyone from NY done this vallenato tour?

Posted on December 31, 2008

The last I heard, Chibcha was owned by Dominicans. That was about 2 yrs ago. It may have changed hands for all I know. Their website doesn't seem to be working so they may not even be open. : ( The burger place by Natives is Xtasis. It was pretty good. The Colombian burgers were huge & of course had pineapple, chips, etc. but I'm more of a purist with my burgers...meat, bun, cheese & ketchup is enough for me!

Also from that long list from Monpirri: I have been to La Fonda Antioqueña, Pollos Mario, Extravaganza, El Palacio de los Cholados, Mamas Empanadas, plus a few others not on the list...if you want a review, lol!

I loved the link to the NYT articles about the chiva party buses. I always used to see them, but never went. Anyone here with a chiva experience they'd like to share?

Posted on December 31, 2008

Thanks MeGustaBailar for your input!
That's too bad that they sold Chibcha restaurant, well maybe you and I open club one day, lol.
I guess you should be a Travelguide writer since you have visited quite a number of Colombian spots ;>)

Posted on December 31, 2008

Ok Monpirri, sounds like a plan! I dream of one day opening a little Latin American coffee shop that sells the best drinks and sweets from SA...maté, cafecito, aquapanela, chocolate...etc. I have been collecting SA decor since I was a teenager. I have big cargo bags from Bolivia, plates, bottles, etc from Peru, a few things from Colombia & Panama. Of course, I would play all kinds of Spanish music as well, so you could get the full cultural experience. One day... : )
I'd love to be a travel writer. The only thing is...I have not travelled recently. All of my big trips were about 10 yrs ago. I'd love to scrape enough money together to make it to Colombia this year. We'll see!

Posted on December 31, 2008

It sounds like a great idea! Count me in.
You can still be travelguide writer. Have you noticed that you knew more about all those spots that you visited vs. the comments posted here? The same thing happens with other moderators or travel writers, many are in limbo.

I look forward to drink the best drinks at your LA coffe shop: chicha or maté or aguapanela. :>)

Posted on December 31, 2008

Thanks for the update megustabailar, I did forget to mention Pollos Mario. There is also Pollos Marion. I believe that is the one on 69th street and roosevelt, I seem to have thought (been a while) that that place was better than Mario, but more lo-key. I have a Pollo Mario down the block, I guess once I get to how much a chicken costs here, I'll try it. I've been used to paying a few pesos for them in Armenia.

You (or anyone else) can definitely be a writer. OK, you may you're always thinking about it. Here's an idea - do it. I'm sure, like all of us, you probably spend some BS time in your day (TV, shopping, READING THIS, web surfing, etc.). Sit down and write something. Yes, it will probably suck eggs - that's OK. The next time it will probably suck a bit less, but you'll be doing it.

UP! just checked your post and here's the BS a lot of people come up with when they want to do something, lose weight, repatch a relationship, etc.:

"...I'd love to be a travel writer. The only thing is..." (note the three "..." aren't mine, but yours)

I'm sure by this time next week we can read something by you and will be glad to do so...

... even if it sucks eggs.

Posted on December 31, 2008

random things I forgot:

Yes, Basurero is an interesting looking place, but doesn't give me a colombian "feel". They advertise beer from Barcelona, which is what first caught my eye since I lived there and miss it so much. The poster's pic was right where we used to live, sighhhhhh.

Me gusta bailar - your webpage isn't up.

The colombian bakery one block south from steinway on broadway absolutely SUCKS. Like I said, when the wife and I want Colombian, we stay home.

Posted on December 31, 2008

Monpirri & Bufalo: Thanks for the encouragement. I'm not afraid of the writing part. It's that I just don't feel qualified to write about Colombia as I have not yet visited. Mexico and Spain I have been to, but so many years have past, the specifics escape me. Even it I did remember, I'd be reluctant to give a recommendation for a place that may have changed or no longer exists. It's been over a decade. As soon as I start traveling again, I will write about it. Until then, I'll stick to posts that aren't specifically travel related.
Thanks for the heads up re: my website. The link is functional now. : )

Posted on December 31, 2008

MGB, you can still be a Travelguide writer of Colombian spots in your area or places that you have visited outside your city. I believe many here would benefit from someone who really knows his or her stuff about Colombia either in Colombia or in the US.
Check this out, I did know of all those places listed by the NYT,, since I do not live in the metropolitan area, but you on the other hand, have visited several of those places and you even knew with certainty that one spot was sold to another ethnic group.

Posted on December 31, 2008

: ) I will see what crazy, but relevant posts I can think up.

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Posted on December 31, 2008

I'll third Extravaganza, 33-15 Broadway (near Northern Boulevard). It is probably the most Colombian of all the spots mentioned here. I was at Prime (over on W28th st) over the weekend and Camilo was spinning. Unfortunately the crowd was pretty thugged out and at around 2:45a we made our way across the Street to Mansion (the old Crobar, sister club to the club of the same name in Miami).

Me and my buddy were in VIP in the Electronica side of the club talking about our upcoming trip to Medellin. The guy next to us buts into our convo and tells us he is Paisa. He points to the girl DJ'ing and tells us that is his little sister, also 100% Paisa. Go figure. We bugged out with them for the rest of the night and promised to party together again either in NYC or even better, in Medallo.

Posted on December 31, 2008

Oh man, this past Sat night I was at Claro De Luna on 52nd and Roosevelt ave -- they most angelic looking 20yo calena was working there. I spent half the night buying her coronitas while everyone looked on in envy waiting for their turn. She was born and raised in NYC so she has that mami chula swagger of a hustler. =)

Posted on December 31, 2008

Chibcha and Extravaganza are both now CLOSED, just like 99% of the nightclubs in NYC. You can forget about an actual Colombian club in NYC these days.

If you're in NYC and want a good party, do what I did, take the A train to Howard Beach, get on the AirTrain, and get on a goddamn plane to Colombia!

Posted on December 31, 2008