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Bachue – Jackson Heights, Queens

Bachue – Jackson Heights, Queens – July 18, 2015

I approached the newest restaurant in Jackson Heights with enthusiasm. Bachue (pronounced bah-chew-ay) is a new addition to the restaurant scene in this dynamic neighborhood. I was immediately taken aback upon viewing the menu. It was much more expensive than I had anticipated. Entrees ranged in price from $15 to the high $20s.

My husband and I dined at Bachue with our friend, Tony, this past weekend. For my entree, I ordered the Typical Antioqueña Platter (pronounced ahn-tee-oh-ken-yah, referring to a region in Colombia). It came with a choice of grilled chicken or steak (I chose the chicken), a quarter of an avocado, white rice with an egg prepared sunny side up, a sausage, red beans in a miniature Dutch oven, sweet plantains, and chicarron (pronounced chee-char-ron, deep fried pork skin and meat). While it was a great deal of food, overall it was mediocre. The highlights were the juicy, tender, and flavorful chicken, the sausage, which tasted as if it had what I thought might be cumin (one of my favorite spices), and the creamy, rich avocado.  Chicharron is often fried to the point where it feels like you might break your teeth on it, so I did not enjoy that. The rice was dry and crunchy, even after breaking the egg yolk over it. The beans were unremarkable, though unlike how they are prepared in other restaurants, they were not salty.

I tried some of my husband’s dish. He ordered roast pork with vegetable rice and sweet plantains. It came wrapped in a banana leaf. While the pork was tender, it was bland. The rice was excessively oily.

For the prices they charge, I had hoped for higher quality food. This was disappointing since they scored relatively well in terms of accessibility.

Left to Right: Typical Antioquena Platter and Roast Pork with Vegetable Rice and Sweet Plantains

Left to Right: Typical Antioquena Platter and Roast Pork with Vegetable Rice and Sweet Plantains

Accessibility Rating for Bachue

I used my wheelchair to visit Bachue.

    • Entryway – 5: The entrance has one set of wide doors with a ramp up to them. There are no stairs.

      Entrance

      Entrance

    • Bathroom 4: The designated accessible bathroom is spacious and brightly lit. There are two grab bars around the toilet. I could not get close to the sink due to it having a floor-length panel in front of it. Additionally, the handles on the faucet are tiny and difficult to reach.
    • Walkways/Space – 3: The restaurant is spacious, and there is plenty of room to move around in no matter what kind of mobility assistive device one uses. The furniture is easily moved to accommodate different patrons’ requirements. I fit comfortably underneath the table while seated in my wheelchair. If crowded, the space could possibly become difficult to navigate. The dining area is dimly lit, and it was very noisy while we were there due to loud music being played. This was odd since the restaurant was almost empty.

      Left: Dining area     Right: Bar

      Left: Dining area      Right: Bar

    • Staff – 4: The staff moved chairs out of the way so that I could access the table. A staff member also helped me open the designated accessible bathroom’s door.
    • Braille Menus: They do not have Braille menus.


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Article in amNY about The Disabled Foodie

Today was a very exciting day for me and for The Disabled Foodie. An article was published both online and in print in amNY newspaper. Click here to read the article online. Thanks to everyone for your continued support!

Article from amNY

Article from amNY


UFC (Unidentified Flying Chickens) – Jackson Heights, NY

 UFC (Unidentified Flying Chickens) – Jackson Heights, NY – May 22, 2015

UFC (Unidentified Flying Chickens) has brought new and exciting flavor to Jackson Heights. In a neighborhood dominated by South American and South Asian cuisines, UFC has brought the savory, crispy goodness of Korean fried chicken. Sadly, in terms of accessibility, they did not score well, as you will read.

My husband and I met our friend Tony at UFC at 7:30 PM (on a Friday night). We had to wait outside for between 15 and 20 minutes for a table. There was no room inside for us to wait, especially for me in my wheelchair.

When we were seated, we perused their extensive beer and cider selection. Since the bathroom was downstairs and inaccessible to me (See Accessibility Rating below), I consumed almost no liquid. This was disappointing because there were many things that piqued my curiosity. Both my husband and Tony ordered a Kopparberg Pear Cider. I had a tiny sip of my husband’s. This Swedish made cider was sweet, but not too sweet. It was like biting into a perfectly ripe, fresh pear. When it was poured into a glass its clear color and bubbles made it resemble champagne or seltzer. I definitely would have enjoyed being able to drink a bottle of my own.

According to Wikipedia (2015), what makes Korean fried chicken different is:

Korean fried chicken differs from typical American fried chicken by being fried twice. This results in the skin being crunchier and less greasy. Furthermore, Korean-style chicken is not characterized by the crags and crusty nubs associated with American fried chicken as described by Julia Moskin of The New York Times as a “thin, crackly and almost transparent”. The chickens are usually seasoned with spices, sugar, and salt, prior to and after being fried. Korean fried chicken restaurants commonly use small- or medium-sized chicken, in other words, younger chickens resulting in more tender meat.

We each ordered the same thing: one-half fried chicken with soy garlic sauce and a side salad. We shared a large order of sweet potato fries. The chicken is the reason to come to or order from UFC. We have ordered takeout from UFC a number of times, but the chicken was crispier and juicier in the restaurant. When it has been brought to our house, it cooled down and became slightly soggy, but it was still delicious. The soy garlic sauce has the deep, satisfying, umami flavor from the soy and the pungency of the garlic. It’s difficult to stop eating it because it’s addictive. The salad had greens, onions, and grape tomatoes in a French-type dressing. The vegetables were crisp and fresh. There was just enough dressing for the amount of salad in the bowl. Finally, the sweet potato fries were large. They were sweet and starchy. I would have enjoyed them a little more if they were crispier. They came with an overly sweet honey mustard sauce, and we also requested ketchup.

Food and Drink Top: Korean Fried Chicken with Soy Garlic Sauce Bottom (From Left to Right): Kopparberg Pear Cider, Side Salad, and Sweet Potato Fries Background: Wall Inside UFC with Cartoon Chalk-style Images

Food and Drink      Top: Korean Fried Chicken with Soy Garlic Sauce      Bottom (From Left to Right): Kopparberg Pear Cider, Side Salad, and Sweet Potato Fries      Background: Wall Inside UFC

Accessibility Rating for UFC

I used my wheelchair to visit UFC.

  • Entryway – 2: The entrance has two doors with a vestibule in between. At the first door, there is a high threshold. I needed help getting my chair over it to enter. Within the vestibule, there was an unexpected bump. The doors were wide enough to accommodate my wheelchair, but the vestibule was just wide enough to fit it.

    Entrance with arrow pointing to high threshold

    Entrance

  • Bathroom 1: The bathroom is downstairs, and there is no elevator. It is completely inaccessible to people using mobility assistive devices including wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers.
  • Walkways/Space – 3: The one and only aisle is wide and easy to navigate when the restaurant is not crowded. The furniture is easily moved and adjusted to accommodate people’s needs. It was a tight fit for me to sit at the table in my wheelchair. The tops of my legs were pressing into the bottom of the table. As night came, the front of the restaurant (near the window) became quite dark. This could pose a problem for people with visual impairments. There was music playing in the background. It was at what seemed to me to be medium volume, so it could be potentially difficult for people with hearing impairments.

    Interior

    Interior

  • Staff – 2: The staff was helpful in terms of moving chairs away from the table so I could be seated at the table. They reacted with indifference to my statement that the bathroom was inaccessible to me and other people with disabilities. Had they not helped with the chairs, they would have received the lowest score of 1.
  • Braille Menus: They do not have Braille menus.

 


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Pollos a la Brasa Mario – Jackson Heights, Queens

Pollos a la Brasa Mario – Jackson Heights, Queens – March 24, 2015

Yesterday, our friend Michael was visiting New York City from Boston, so we arranged to have a quick dinner with him at Pollos (pronounced poh-yohs) a la Brasa Mario in Jackson Heights, Queens. It is a Colombian restaurant known for their rotisserie chicken.

I ordered the Bandeja con Pollo al Carbon (pronounced bahn-day-ha con poh-yoh ahl car-bone), which is a rotisserie chicken platter. It comes with a piece of rotisserie chicken, white rice, french fries, salad, and chicken soup to start. I substituted red beans for the french fries. The chicken soup was filled with potatoes and various parts of the chicken, including necks, gizzards, and hearts. What was not to my liking was the cilantro in the broth, so I did not eat much of the soup. If you like cilantro, this is the soup for you. When the main platter came, the chicken was fall-off-the-bone tender and juicy. Though if I have a choice between the chicken here and the chicken at Pio Pio, I will choose Pio Pio’s. The salad consisted of iceberg lettuce, a lackluster slice of tomato, canned beets, and shredded carrots. Needless to say, the salad was underwhelming. The beans were plump and deliciously seasoned in a rich, savory broth that the rice soaked right up. To accompany all of this, I ordered a Jugo de Maracuya (pronounced hoo-goh day mah-rah-coo-jah), a Passion Fruit Shake. When you order the jugos you have a choice of having it blended with water or milk. I selected water. The shake was loaded with the tongue-tantalizing acidic sweetness of passion fruit, a favorite flavor of mine.

Left Inset: Jugo de Maracuya (Passion Fruit Shake) Right Inset: Chicken Soup Main Photo: Bandeja con Pollo al Carbon (Rotisserie Chicken Platter with white rice, red beans, and salad)

Left Inset: Jugo de Maracuya (Passion Fruit Shake)    Right Inset: Chicken Soup    Main Photo: Bandeja con Pollo al Carbon (Rotisserie Chicken Platter with white rice, red beans, and salad)

Accessibility Rating for Pollos a la Brasa Mario

I used my wheelchair to visit Pollos a la Brasa Mario.

  • Entryway – 5: The entrance is accessible,though there is a slight lip at the transition from the sidewalk to the entrance. There are two doors: an exterior door and an interior door. There are no stairs.

    Entrance

    Entrance

  • Bathroom – 2: I had difficulty entering the designated accessible bathroom because like other bathrooms, the restaurant uses the extra space in the accessible bathroom to store high chairs, etc. A restaurant staff member had to remove the high chair so I could get inside. Inside, there was one grab bar near the toilet. The faucet did not have long handles. There was no room to turn my wheelchair around once I was inside the bathroom.
  • Walkways/Space – 3: The interior is spacious when the restaurant is not crowded. The first table inside is designated for people with disabilities, and this is where we sat. It has two removable chairs on one side to accommodate a mobility assistive device. There are two floors in the restaurant, but there is no elevator. Most of the seating on the main floor consists of booths that are bolted to the floor. The space is brightly lit due to windows and adequate interior lighting. While we were there it was not that busy, so it was not too noisy. Though, I could see it becoming noisy on a weekend night.

    Interior

    Interior

  • Staff – 4: The staff was good. Upon entering, they removed the chairs at designated accessible table. As stated before, a staff member removed the high chair from the accessible bathroom so I could use it. While they did help, they did not ask how they could make my visit more comfortable. The staff is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish.
  • Braille Menus: They do not have Braille menus.


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Pio Pio – Jackson Heights, Queens

Pio Pio – Jackson Heights, Queens – January 24, 2015

Yesterday, I really thought I would not be able to get out to review a restaurant due to the snow that we had here in New York City. Fortunately, that was not the case. I was able to go out to dinner to Pio Pio with my husband and our good friend, Tony. Pio Pio is a Peruvian restaurant with several locations across New York City. We have dined in and gotten takeout from here many times because the food, particularly Juanita’s Chicken, is quite good.

We ordered drinks first. I ordered a Kiwicha. It is made with pisco, kiwi puree, passion fruit syrup, lemon juice, and  simple syrup. Pisco is a colorless or yellowish-to-amber colored brandy produced in wine making regions of Peru and Chile. It was served in a champagne bowl, and presented with a vibrant greenish-yellow color due to the kiwi and passion fruit combination. It was pleasantly tart from the fruits with the invigorating slight burn from the pisco. Be advised, the drinks are strong at Pio Pio.

Kiwicha (Pisco, kiwi puree, passion fruit syrup, lemon juice, & simple syrup)

Kiwicha (Pisco, kiwi puree, passion fruit syrup, lemon juice, & simple syrup)

Next, we shared a shrimp cebiche. For those who do not know, cebiche is:

A seafood dish popular in the coastal regions of the Americas, especially Central and South America. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers. Additional seasonings, such as chopped onions, salt, and cilantro, may also be added. (Wikipedia, 2015)

While I am not normally a fan of cilantro, this time the cebiche did not present with a strong cilantro flavor. At other times, the cilantro flavor has been stronger, so for those who do not like it, be aware. It was tart and fresh, as cebiche should always be. It is served with tons of red onion, a slice of sweet potato, a slice of potato, fresh hominy, and dried hominy. The red onion and dried hominy added crisp and crunchy texture to the dish. The shrimp adds briny ocean flavor to the dish.

Shrimp Cebiche

Shrimp Cebiche

We then shared Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian style Chinese fried rice, eggs, chicken, onions, soy sauce, and shrimp (which we chose to add)) and Juanita’s Chicken. The rice was great! The Chinese influence was discernible through the soy sauce’s contribution of the umami quality that fried rice is known for. It comes in a large bowl, so it is easily shared amongst a group.

Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian style Chinese fried rice, eggs, onions, soy sauce. Served with shrimp)

Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian style Chinese fried rice, eggs, onions, soy sauce, and chicken. We chose to add shrimp)

Juanita’s Chicken is what Pio Pio is known for, and it is why everyone keeps coming back. I do not know what they do to it, but it is excellent. The best part is that it is consistent every time: moist, flavorful, and tender. You get an entire chicken when you order, and it is savory and comforting. Pio Pio serves it with a green sauce that is quite spicy. The sauce often has a strong cilantro flavor, though last night that flavor was not strong, which was a good thing in my opinion.

Juanita's Chicken (This is why so many people come here!)

Juanita’s Chicken (This is why so many people come here!)

We also ordered fried yucca, saffron rice, and red beans. Frequently, fried yucca can be dry and too starchy, but this was not the case. It was still soft and slightly moist on the inside. It is served with a very strong, and delicious, garlic sauce. The rice and beans were good.

Fried Yucca (left) and Saffron Rice and Red Beans (right)

Fried Yucca (left) and Saffron Rice and Red Beans (right)

Accessibility Rating

I used my wheelchair to visit Pio Pio.

  • Entryway – 5: The entrance doors are wide. There is an exterior and an interior door.The transition from the outside sidewalk is smooth. There are no stairs.

    Entrance

    Entrance

  • Bathroom – 3: The bathroom (Unisex, upstairs) is accessible. It is a large bathroom with two grab bars around the toilet. I was able to move my wheelchair easily inside the bathroom. The faucet did not have long handles. Additionally, we had to have a staff member let us into this bathroom because the main customer bathrooms are downstairs.
  • Walkways/Space – 3: The inside is incredibly spacious, and has enough room for a wheelchair or other mobility assistive device to easily get around. At night, the restaurant is dimly lit, so this could pose some concerns for those with visual impairments. During the daytime, it is very bright inside. Also, it is often quite loud inside during busy evening and afternoon hours. It was not as loud as it usually is last night, probably due to the snow. The earlier you go during either afternoon or evening hours, the quieter it usually is.

    Interior of Pio Pio

    Interior of Pio Pio (This also shows how dark it is inside the restaurant at night)

  • Staff – 3: The staff was OK. They held the entrance door open upon our arrival and departure. As mentioned earlier, another staff member let us into the upstairs bathroom. Beyond that, they did not go out of their way for me or even bother to ask how they could help me. As I have more experiences in restaurants as a person with a disability, I am finding this to be the average experience.

 


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Samudra Restaurant – Jackson Heights, Queens

Samudra Restaurant – Jackson Heights, Queens – October 26, 2014

This afternoon, my husband and I had lunch at Samudra Restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens. It is an Indian vegetarian restaurant, and one of the better Indian restaurants in this part of Queens. The menu is divided into sections: North Indian food and South Indian food.

While the decor is very simple, the food was largely bursting with the spices and flavors one expects from good Indian cuisine. For appetizers, we started with Medhu Vada (Crispy lentil doughnuts, soaked in rasam (spicy tamarind lentil) soup and Paneer Dosa (Crepe made with rice and lentil and Indian style cheese filled). The Medhu Vada was a bit disappointing. I found that without the rasam soup, it was quite bland. The Paneer Dosa was enormous and exploding with flavor. The cheese, rice, and lentils worked so beautifully together to create a creamy texture.

Our entrees were Baingan Bhartha (Roasted eggplant cooked with onions, garlic and spices) and Channa Palak (Chickpeas and spinach with spices and flavored with heavy cream). Both dishes came with basmati rice, raitha (yogurt sauce), and pickled vegetables. The flavors were incredible. The balance of spices created fireworks in my mouth. We asked for both to be mild, and there was no spice-based heat at all. The chickpeas and spinach were silky smooth, and the eggplant was velvety. I did not enjoy the pickles. I found their flavor to be unpleasantly sour and sweet at the same time.

We each drank a mango lassi (mango yogurt drink). It was creamy and cool, and it had the right blend of sourness from the yogurt and the sweetness from the mango.

Medhu Vada: Crispy lentil doughnuts, soaked in rasam soup. Channa Palak Chickpeas and spinach with spices and flavored with heavy cream. Baingan Bhartha Roasted eggplant cooked with onions, garlic and spices. Paneer Dosa Crepe made with rice and lentil and Indian style cheese filled. Mango lassi mango yogurt drink

Food and drink from Samudra Restaurant

Accessibility Rating

I used my wheelchair to visit Samudra Restaurant.

  • Entryway – 5: The door is wide and barrier free. There is one door at the entrance. There are no stairs and a smooth transition from the sidewalk to the restaurant.

    Entrance to Samudra Restaurant

    Entrance to Samudra Restaurant

  • Bathroom – 2: The bathroom (Unisex) is not large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in. The toilet has grab bars around it, but the sink does not have long handles on the faucet. The threshold is not level with the floor outside of the bathroom, so I had a difficult time getting my wheelchair into the bathroom.
  • Walkways/Space – 3: The interior space is roomy in spots and narrow/tight in others. When the restaurant does not have many patrons, it is easy to move around. When it is crowded, movement is more difficult, especially for those using larger mobility assistive devices.

    Interior of Samudra Restaurant

    Interior of Samudra Restaurant

 

 

  • Staff – 5: The staff was friendly and efficient when it came to waiting on us. Though they did not ask me how they could help me, but when I was struggling to get my wheelchair into the bathroom over the high threshold they immediately came to help, and got me into the bathroom.

 


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Arunee Thai – Jackson Heights, Queens

 Arunee Thai – Jackson Heights, Queens – October 18, 2014

As mentioned in an earlier post, we celebrated a friend’s birthday this weekend. We decided to eat at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens. We have eaten there several times in the past.

My husband and I shared the appetizer and two dishes we ordered. The appetizer was fried calamari. The batter was perfectly crispy and not oily at all. While the texture was great, it did not have much flavor without the sweet and sour sauce that came with it.

Fried Calamari Appetizer with sweet and sour sauce on the side

Fried Calamari Appetizer

Our next course was a mango salad. It had Jumbo shrimp, green mango, long beans, cashew nuts, shredded coconut, and cherry tomatoes mixed with a lime chili dressing. I really enjoyed the tart mango against the nutty cashews. It was crispy, crunchy, and fresh. The best part was the burst of occasional coconut flavor from the toasted, shredded coconut.

Mango Salad with jumbo grilled shrimp, cashews, and cilantro

Mango Salad

Finally, we had Goy See Me (Crispy egg noodles topped with choice of meat (we chose chicken), baby corn, carrots, bamboo shoots, and gravy). The noodles were not crispy as described. The gravy turned out to be a broth that was salty to my taste. I did not expect this to be a soup, as there was a separate section on the menu for soup, and it was described as having a gravy, not a broth. This was not my favorite part of the meal. I was underwhelmed by this dish.

Go See Me (Noodles with Chicken, baby corn, red bell peppers, green beans, and bamboo shoots)

Goy See Me (Noodles with Chicken)

Accessibility Rating

I used my wheelchair to visit Arunee Thai.

  • Entryway – 5: The door is wide and barrier free. There is one door at the entrance. There are
    Entrance to Arunee Thai

    Entrance

    no stairs and a smooth transition from the sidewalk to the restaurant.

  • Bathroom – 3: The bathroom (Only the women’s room is somewhat accessible) is not large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in. The toilet has grab bars around it, but the sink does not have long handles on the faucet.
  • Walkways/Space – 3: The interior space is roomy in spots and narrow/tight in others. This can make movement difficult for those using larger mobility assistive devices.

    Interior pathway through restaurant

    Interior pathway

  • Staff – 2: I have eaten here in the past, and I called ahead to alert them that I would be using my wheelchair. We were a party of three people, and in the past they did not hesitate to hold a table. Today, when I called to do the same thing, the staff member who answered the phone refused to do this. She said, “Only for four people.” I reiterated that I would need an accessible table, and she refused to acknowledge this. She continued to insist on her earlier statement. There was no compassion or effort to understand my needs.
    Once at the restaurant, again there was a lack of effort to understand my needs. They tried to seat me at a corner table in the narrowest part of the restaurant. We had to mention that this would not work, and only then did they realize the difficulty that spot posed to me. After this, they finally sat me in a more accessible location.
    Finally, the staff was friendly and efficient when it came to waiting on us.

 


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Greenmarket – Jackson Heights, Queens

Greenmarket – Jackson Heights, Queens – August 31, 2014

The Jackson Heights Greenmarket (Farmers Market) runs year-round. It is open every Sunday from 8 AM to 3 PM (only open until 2 PM in the winter). I visited today because there is a bounty of fresh produce available, and I like to support local farmers.

Vendors from Jackson Heights Greenmarket

Vendors from Jackson Heights Greenmarket

A list of vendors includes:

American Seafood Wild caught seafood from Suffolk County, NY
Anthony Road Winery Wines from Yates County, NY
Consider Bardwell Farm Goat milk cheeses from Rutland County, VT
Deep Mountain Maple Maple Syrup and candy from Orleans County, VT (April-June, October-December)
DiPaola Turkeys Turkey from Mercer County, NJ
Francesca’s Bakery Breads and baked goods from Middlesex County, NJ
Hot Bread Kitchen Multi-ethnic artisan breads and tortillas from New York County, NY
Hudson Valley Duck Farm Heritage breed ducks and duck products from Sullivan County, NY
John D Madura Farm Vegetables from Orange County, NY
Lani’s Farm Vegetables from Burlington County, NJ
Maynard Farms & Orchards Orchard fruit from Ulster County, NY
Nature’s Way Farms Honey & candles from Chemung County, NY
Nolasco’s Farm Vegetables from Warren County, NJ (growing season only)
Phillips Farms Vegetables from Hunterdon County, NJ
R & G Produce Vegetables from Orange County, NY (growing season only)
Rising Sun Farm Grass fed and grain finished Angus beef from Madison County, NY
Ronnybrook Dairy Milk, yogurt, butter, and ice cream from Columbia County, NY
Sawkill Farm Vegetables, berries, eggs, and pork from Dutchess County, NY
Tello’s Green Farm Eggs and vegetables from Dutchess County, NY

There is also a Mexican family who sells authentic Mexican food near the entrance to the market on 34th Avenue and 78th Street. Today, we had two tamales: chicken with salsa verde and pork with mole. They came wrapped in banana leaves. The chicken tamale was rich and pleasantly spicy, and the texture of the masa was smooth. The pork tamale was not as spicy, but just as flavorful and rich.

Mole and Pork Tamale wrapped in a banana leaf

Mole and Pork Tamale wrapped in a banana leaf

Accessibility Rating

  • Entryway – 5: The market is fully accessible. The sidewalks here all have curb cuts, and 78th Street is closed to traffic.
  • Bathroom: Not applicable

    Sidewalk Scenes from Jackson Heights Greenmarket

    Sidewalk Scenes from Jackson Heights Greenmarket

  • Walkways/Space – 4: The sidewalk along 34th Avenue can be narrow when the vendors and customers are using it. People are friendly, and they usually make room for me when I use my wheelchair at the market.
  • Staff – 3: Some vendors are quite helpful, and they offer help without prompting, while others do not. It all depends on the vendor. I have never had a negative experience, but no one has gone out of their way to help me either.

 


Just Made 4 U – Jackson Heights, Queens

Just Made 4 U – Jackson Heights, Queens – Thursday, August 21, 2014

Exterior of Just Made 4 U restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens

Just Made 4 U Entrance

This afternoon I stopped into Just Made 4 U in Jackson Heights, Queens for a snack. I have eaten in this restaurant once before,  and I have ordered food to my home twice. They serve natural, freshly made salads, wraps, smoothies, juices, arepas, sandwiches, and quesadillas. The food is consistently delicious and fresh. Everything is made when you order it, and the smoothies are made with juice that is squeezed from fresh fruits and vegetables on the spot.

Guava cheese crepe and pineapple mango smoothie at Just Made 4 U

Guava cheese crepe and pineapple mango smoothie

I wanted something sweet today, so along with my usual luscious pineapple mango smoothie, I ordered the guava cheese crepe (see photo). This was a new addition to the menu. It was like a French twist on a guava cheese pastelillo.

I also strongly recommend their wraps, and if you get a salad, their lemon vinaigrette is perfectly sour and refreshing at the same time.

Now, to rate the restaurant’s accessibility (1 being lowest, 5 being highest) :

  • Entryway – 5: The door is wide and barrier free. A  smooth entryway with a tiny incline. No stairs.
  • Bathroom (Unisex) – 1: Tiny doorway and miniscule bathroom space. There are no grab bars, and it is impossible to get into the space with a wheelchair. If this presents a problem for you, they do have takeout service and are registered on GrubHub and Seamless if you are in the Jackson Heights area.
  • Walkways/Space – 3: The one walkway is narrow, but the staff moved furniture out of my
    Counter inside Just Made 4 U

    Front counter

    way so I could sit. They try to accommodate you however they can (See staff rating).

  • Staff – 5: When the staff saw that I was coming in, they held the door open for me. The gentleman who let me in then let me sit down at the table of my choice. He moved chairs so I could sit at a table that suited my needs. Finally, he allowed me to order from the table instead of ordering at the counter, as this is a counter service restaurant. The service and willingness to accommodate me was excellent.

 


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