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Adorned in their signature denim shorts, black tank tops, and Timberland boots, the Canz-a-Citi Girlz greet each Canz-a-citi Roadhouse guest. In between handfuls from endless bowls of complementary popcorn, diners can munch on wings slathered in scorching “Dirty Canz” hot sauce, burgers with one, two, or three 5.2-ounce bacon-topped patties, and fried Twinkies or Oreos. More than 200 kinds of canned beer, 20 drafts, and colossal cocktails such as sangria or jungle-juice fishbowls wash down each bite until 4 a.m., seven days a week. Wood hues, brick walls, and a metal roof create the roadhouse atmosphere, as does decor such as license plates covering the ceiling, a beer-can-lined bar, and old hubcaps patrons can use to reflect light while tanning in the parking lot. Up to 60 TVs also broadcast UFC bouts and accompany visitors during weekly karaoke in each restaurant.
40-11 30th Avenue
Astoria,
NY
US
The seasoned chefs at Latin Cabana concoct plates of authentic homestyle Cuban cuisine. Sides include fried green plantains and a spread of spanish guava and cheese patties that pair fruit and dairy more harmoniously than a still life painted in fondue. The daily specials and house specialties match tender, seasoned meats with savory accompaniments, such as roast pork with yellow rice and black beans, or a chicken breast dressed in a jacket of breading and flanked by cassava and salad. Desserts offer sweet endings with options such as a creamy vanilla custard or the shredded coconut with cheese, made from top-secret coconuts that had to be destroyed. Shakes, or batidos, visit the taste of tropical fruit onto taste buds, with selections such as mamey, papaya, or tamarindo.
34-15 Steinway St.
Long Island City,
NY
US
Though its name suggests an exotic location in the Himalayan foothills, Delhi Heights is just a short drive from Manhattan in Jackson Heights. A menu that focuses on traditional Indian and Indo-Chinese fusion dishes makes the short trek worth it. One of the restaurant’s signature dishes is the dahi aloo papri chat, and one bite of the textured blend of crispy potatoes, chickpeas, and tamarind sauce shows why. Chefs prepare dozens of their other entrees in a tandoori clay oven, enhancing jumbo shrimp and achari mushrooms with smoky flavor without having to cook each individually on the tip of a cigar.
37-66 74th Street
Flushing,
NY
US
Gandhi Restaurant's earthen oven prepares a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes from a menu of authentic Indian cuisine. Samosas packed full of meat and spiced with tamarind and onion chutney herald clay-baked platters containing yogurt-drizzled tandoori chicken and skewered chunks of lamb. Existing as complete meals themselves, six types of biryani pack mixed veggies, lamb, chicken, and seafood into piles of basmati rice and raisins with cucumber raita on the side. The eatery also offers naan and whole-wheat paratha to soak up extra sauces or lure a flock of pigeons into the boss?s office.
3414 30th Ave
Astoria,
NY
US
Since opening the original Famous Hamburger in the 1970s in Lebanon, the Hider family has been crafting patties with halal meats. Inside each of their kitchens, the cooks work over grills, releasing fusillades of hot sizzles as they top burgers with jalapeños, olives, and swiss cheese. Hints of the Hider clan’s heritage shine through in beef shawarma pita wraps and kefta kebabs, and falafel and veggie patties are ideal for when you are dining out with a vegetarian or wagering that you can turn a rabbit into a well-mannered gentleman.
30-94 Steinway Street
Astoria,
NY
US
Spicy aromas spill out of clay ovens, permeating the air around the kitchens at Namaste?a name taken from the Indian word meaning ?welcome.? Inside the kitchen, chefs fry paneer fritters to a golden brown, season entrees with curries and cumin, and mix lassis with mango. The restaurant?s catering services keep guests? bellies full at house parties or birthdays where the cake was stolen by neighborhood urchins.
31-15 30th Ave.
Astoria,
NY
US

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