In the last week of July, I finally hung out with Herby, who I haven't seen for more than a year. Herby (It's actually just Herb but I like to call him Herby) is a friend who I got to meet when I was doing real estate. I was panicking during the closing of my first deal and he was kind enough to offer me help and answer whatever questions I had. He wasn't even my mentor or partner but someone in my company. Herby doesn't have that intimidating posture which I find in some business people; instead Herby is very funny and witty and can make instant friends with everybody! Also Herby is a foodie so it can never go wrong when you go eat out with him.
This time he brought us to this Mexican restaurant in Corona, Queens --- Restaurant La Cienega. Herby ordered a tlayudas and some baby tacos for us and I got myself a horchata.
The tylaudas was so delicious. It's mashed red bean spread on crispy-baked tortilla topped with three kinds of meats and fresh lettuce, avocados and tomatoes. It's huge, refreshing and doesn't give me food coma after.
Herby is from an Italian family and he grew up in this neighborhood, so after the meal he brought me to this amazing Italian Ice which he grew up eating.
The Lemon Ice King of Corona has opened for over 60 years and is well-known by the locals. I got a tangerine flavor and Herby got peanut butter. It's very tasty.
I feel so blessed living in Queens where you can enjoy all kinds of food brought by immigrants from all over the world. Asian, Spanish, Middle Eastern, European and so on. You don't need to travel far to get access to all these wonderful and authentic cuisines.
Do you have a favorite ice shop or Mexican restaurant in NYC? Let me know!
Additional info: https://www.cienegalastlayudasdeoaxaca.com