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La Nueva Rioplatense


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8510 37th Ave
Jackson Heights
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For the past 8 or so years, this has been my stop for Argentinean empanadas, facturas (pastries), alfajores, tartas, sandwiches de milanesa, etc. They also have cakes and other Argentinean desserts, and really terrific flan. This is the place where, when my mom and stepdad (see my review of the Argentine Pavillion - he doesn't complain about this place either, so it must be tasty!) visit, we can load up on food so we don't have to cook. I also come here for coffee. This is one of the spots in the city where I feel at home. Again, it mostly sells Argentinean food, but some Uruguayan things can be found here, as well as fresh pastas and the dough to make your own empanadas, which for me is invaluable, as the dough they sell is much better than Goya or any of the other "Latino" brands, and it is already cut into handy dandy discs so all I have to do is fill, close and bake. If you are a soccer fan, and most importantly, a fan of Argentina's team or the Boca Juniors (or even Maradona), this is your spot to get all your fan gear. Even socks. They have a TV which is invariably tuned to soccer if there's a game on. Oh, and I can't forget the Quilmes, which they sell by the case, thank God. They also have Postobon, those tasty Colombian sodas which come in many flavors and colors. Oh, and Inca Kola, sugary sweet like bubble gum,my favorite. Try not to be turned off by the bright yellow color and the high sugar content. Not for children. The place is almost always crowded, especially on the weekends. Luckily, the turnover is quick, so you can most always find a spot within the first 5 minutes of entering. On Sundays at around 4 or so, there are these Mexican musicians who come in and play their guitars and accordion. It's quite a sight, given the nationality of most of the patrons. But the owners don't seem to mind, nor does anyone else. I quite like it, and a few times my mom and I have sung along (on the down low of course). The staff is really nice and they deal with the mayhem well, which I think is a Latin trait, and they do it all day long. I seem to have lost that trait, unfortunately. And damn that Argentinean accent is catchy! --YELP


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