Explore a block: 37th Avenue brings global flavor to Jackson Heights

The Big Apple is known as America’s melting pot, and nowhere is this more apparent than on the streets of Jackson Heights.

All that cultural diversity brings with it a smorgasbord of global cuisine. A turn down 74th Street takes you to the heart of Little India with ornate saris and glistening jewelry displayed in store windows and, of course, the Jackson Diner, a neighborhood staple of Indian cuisine.

A short walk up Roosevelt Avenue and you hit Himalayan Yak, serving up delicious Tibetan momo (dumplings) and other iconic Himalayan dishes. Meander through the neighborhood and you’ll come across Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian and other Latin American spots.

But a stroll up 37th Avenue, right in the heart of the nabe’s historic district — designated as such by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1993 — is sure to take your palate on a trip around the world. Check out some of our favorites and stick around to find some more of your own.

Rozanne Gelbinovich