Colombia is famous for its rich cultural heritage, specialty coffee, the kindness of its people, and, of course, its arepas. Among famous Colombian cuisine, you’ll find Lechona (roasted pig), Arepa de huevo (egg-stuffed cornbread), Chicharron (fried pork belly), Sancocho (hearty stew), and Buñuelos (cheese fritters). We sought to find out the top Colombian restaurants in New York that offer fantastic food in an inviting atmosphere and provide remarkable service. These were our top picks:
Mis Tierras Colombianas
54-08 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside, NY 11377
Mis Tierras is one of the best places to get Colombian food – specifically Colombian seafood – in Queens. They make an incredible whole fried red snapper that they serve with rice, tostones and salad, along with a shrimp ceviche that’s a great way to start any meal. For a full taste of Colombia, get the Mis Tierras Special Platter – it has grilled steak, pork loin, pork skin, chicken, rice, beans, french fries, fried sweet plantain and salad.
La Pequeña Colombia
83-27 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
Colombian food is protein forward, so while the restaurant is named La Pequeña Colombia, the meat you see on the plate is anything but small. Dig in to Churrasco, Steak Milanesa, or Beef Lengua along with Yuca frita, tostones and arepas for a Colombian feast. It is called La Pequena Colombia for a reason – the space is relatively small – but you can get a great dinner to go if things are too busy.
Noches De Colombia
365 W Route 59, Nanuet NY 10954
(845) 501-7414 | (845) 501-7415
30 Westchester Ave, Port Chester NY 10573
204 Jericho Tpke, Mineola NY 11501
(516) 747-0861 | (516) 7248-0852
16 N Plank Rd Newburgh, NY 12550
When you walk past Noches De Colombia, you can’t help but wander in once your nose catches the aroma of slow-cooking meat. Noches de Colombia has over two hundred traditional Colombian food options to choose from, making your dining experience super exciting for those who don’t suffer from paralysis by analysis. You can get tasty Sancocho, arepas, and Colombian empanadas, among many other items.
DeliArepa Express NY
2 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
With a name like DeliArepa, you’d expect the place to make some of the best arepas in New York City. Luckily for them, the arepas live up to the name. They have great traditional options like Chorizo y queso, Pollo y Queso, Chicarron y Queso, and others, but they also have some creative approaches to arepas. Try the Honolulu with pineapple, ham, and cheese, the Arepa Burger with hamburger and cheddar, or one of the Mixtas with a variety of proteins.
95 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
Empanada Mama has been making delicious corn and wheat flour empanadas for over a decade – with no plans to stop. They have excellent Latin options, but they take creative approaches to their empanadas, having optiosn like the Greek (with Spinach), the Cuban (with ham, pork and cheese), the Polish (with kielbasa and sauerkraut) and many more. They have multiple locations around the City so look for one near you.
Sabor de Colombia Restaurant and Bakery
4601 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
The best Colombian restaurant in Brooklyn, Sabor de Colombia has all of the traditional Colombian dishes you’re looking for – Bandeja Paisa, tamales, empanadas, arepas and more. From the bakery, you can get the Pandebono or cheesy sweet bread, along with an empanada de cambray – a Pandebono stuffed with guava and cheese.
76-02 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11372
Located right in the heart of Jackson Heights Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, Los Arrieros is a popular spot frequented by subway commuters and neighborhood residents. They have the classic arepas, empanadas, and other “platos tipicos”, but we love their alitas de pollo – they’re so crispy/crunchy delicious they might be the best wings in Queens, period.
Para ti Colombia con Sabor
17235 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432
Para Ti in Jamaica, Queens has excellent traditional Colombian fare – Emapnadas, Arepas and Bandeja Montañeras. But what really sets them apart from other Colombian restaurants in the City is their breakfast. Their options are incredibly hearty and the perfect hangover cure. Try the Desayuno de la Abuela – scrambled eggs, ham, rice, sweet plantain and coffee – or the Desayuno Colombia con Sabor – mixed rice and beans, grilled steak, scrambled eggs, and a corn cake – served with cheese and coffee.