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Most people think the best attractions and restaurants in New York City are located in Manhattan.

Sure, Manhattan is home to some of the city’s more popular landmarks and museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. Its popular eateries, such as Sparks Steak House and Katz’s Delicatessen, are reason enough to visit the Big Apple.

But, the real pulse of the city is just a short train ride away along the 7 Line. More specifically, it’s found in the restaurants below.

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What makes the trip such a compulsory culinary experience is the sheer number of dining options. Indian, Colombian and Cuban are among the many types of cuisines waiting to be discovered.

There is no required itinerary, but one of the best places to start is Baruir’s Coffee in Sunnyside, Queens. Here, they roast their beans on site and offer some of the freshest coffee available.

For breakfast, consider Alpha Donuts, also located in Sunnyside. Whether it’s a donut or something more filling, such as an omelet, this old-school diner’s menu won’t disappoint.

For lunch, consider Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights. The popular Indian eatery offers a buffet option, allowing guests to sample a range of dishes. Be sure to try an Indian beer as well.

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One other place to consider is Arepa Lady, also in Jackson Heights. For years, owner Maria Cano was a street food staple on street corners in Queens. She opened a brick and mortar location in 2014.

A word to the wise: Pace yourself. The food is filling, and after a stop of two, you may be tempted to head back to the hotel and take a nap.

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