You don't have to go far from home to enjoy some of the best food from around the world. NY1 Travel Reporter Valarie D'Elia says you just have to jump on the number 7 train. She filed the following report.
Nicknamed "The International Express", the 7 train from Times Square to Queens rolls through so many ethnic neighborhoods, it's cited by the White House as a historic trail, up there with Lewis and Clark and the Underground Railroad.
Get off on the elevated tracks at the Jackson Heights/74th Street station and you can cover a lot of gastronomic ground.
"It's not only about the food. It's about the cultures and all the people that mix in here," says Jeff Orlick of Jeffrey Tastes Food Tours. "The food here is not for tourists. It's for the locals. So when I bring tourists here, we're the foreigners."
Orlick, a Queens resident and creator of "Jeffrey Tastes" Food Tours, helps visitors eat their way through his neighborhood from 69th Street to 82nd Street along Roosevelt Avenue.
On this day, Jeff is palling around with two Belgian women for a three-hour foodie frenzy.
"We had Filipino food. We had Peruvian, Colombian, all kinds of kitchens that I really didn't know," says one of the women.
Next, Jeff is spearheading an effort to sniff out the best Momo-Nepalese and Tibetan dumplings among the 19 places that serve them in an area of Jackson Heights he calls Himalayan Heights. So authentic, it even cuts the mustard with one Nepali native.
"The momo is really juicy. It's really fresh," the Nepali native says. "At the same time, you get the touch of as if you are having your own momos in your home."
To be part of Jeff's Momo Crawl on May 19, meet him in Jackson Heights Plaza at 1:30 p.m.
For more information, go to www.iwantmorefood.com