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Title: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Chuckster on October 29, 2008, 11:32:29 AM
It looks like the restaurant is open for business.  I walked by there about an hour or so ago and noticed a colorful "opened" sign by the door.  They also had a sign advertising a buffet for $8.50.  The wait staff was inside, but I guess it was still too early in the day for customers.  The place looks nice!
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: sb103 on October 30, 2008, 08:49:07 AM
I went to the new restaurant last night, Mehfil, and ordered a chicken curry to go. I have to say it was really good, spicy with a complex but fresh tasting sauce. The condiments that came with it were good too, so was the fresh naan. The decor is nice and clean, no liquor license yet but coming soon for beer and wine, the people there were friendly AND they deliver! I recommend it and would like to hear others opinions.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: julesnyc on October 30, 2008, 10:22:26 AM
We had take-out from them last night - chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, rice and naan.  I concur with sb - everything was really fresh and the naan was very good.  The spicing was really mild, so if you like spicy, ask for it.
It's not quite as good as Spicy Mina, which is my favorite South Asian place in the area, but definitely a good place to have around.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: dotley on October 30, 2008, 11:17:41 AM
Has anyone tried the recently opened Indian Restaurant, Mehfil?



[Moderator Note:  The discussion on Mehfil Indian Restaurant has been merged to this new thread.]
 
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Jeffsayyes on October 30, 2008, 01:26:58 PM
wow, you guys are quick. they just opened Monday I think. looks like you were just as excited as I was. I walked in today to check out the buffet spread. Looks pretty good although not a huge selection and I was a little skeptical about the vegetable fried rice rather than biryani, oh well. the tandoori chicken looked pretty mean in a good way.
They serve northern indian food. I still don't exactly know what that means... more creamy?

prices are in line with the new generation of indian restaurants.

and, I should hope it's fresh - i don't think anything's had the chance to spoil yet!
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: C11106 on October 31, 2008, 07:07:45 AM
This is on Roosevelt Ave in the low 70s, right?
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: sb103 on October 31, 2008, 09:18:12 AM
hey citizen, its on 37th ave, between 76 and 77
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Really4rob on November 01, 2008, 06:13:31 PM
I peeked in today, but already had the buffet at Delhi, so I will check it out another day.  But its good that they deliver ... I recall on here folks were asking for another later night alternative.  How late are they open?

I must say though, I miss Baskin Robbins.  I know we have the combined DD/BRs at Northern and at Roosevelt.  Ah well. 
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: judibean on November 01, 2008, 07:30:17 PM
The buffet was good.  It had stuff that I haven't tried elsewhere before, like fish curry and stuffed peppers/onions.  It's open til 11.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Really4rob on November 02, 2008, 06:58:22 PM
As Arunee was mysteriously closed today, I decided to explore the buffet here.  Interesting display, the quarters were a little tight (the lady at the next table bumped mine every time she moved), and heavy on the fish tandori and fish curry, which I liked a lot.

I liked the decor too.  And the metal cups, bambooish check holders, all nice touches.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: C11106 on November 02, 2008, 08:44:47 PM
Is there a vegetarian section in this buffet? 
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Really4rob on November 03, 2008, 12:09:55 AM
Is there a vegetarian section in this buffet? 

There was.  Not really qualified to speak on it, I went carnivore!  :D

I still prefer the overall spread and atmosphere at Delhi, but the fish was a definite high point here.  And ...

I got a take out menu.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Ro on November 28, 2008, 07:35:26 PM
Just ordered delivery from them today. Tikka Naan and Lamb Palak. Both delicious. The lamb was tender and had no gristle (an issue I had with Spicy Mina).
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: buddy on November 28, 2008, 07:49:18 PM
Just ordered delivery from them today. Tikka Naan and Lamb Palak. Both delicious. The lamb was tender and had no gristle (an issue I had with Spicy Mina).

I hate gristle.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: James_and_Faye on December 06, 2008, 12:38:21 AM
Mehfil is our new favorite restaurant. We really enjoy the food, in particular a standout rice dish called Shahajani Pullao, a house specialty made with chicken, slivered almonds, eggs, raisins—not to be missed. My husband and I have lived in Jackson Heights for two and a half years; we regularly eat at other JH Indian restaurants, and you won’t find this dish anywhere else. We’ve ordered it three times this week alone! The Chicken Biryani is also excellent. While we do pick up food to go, we prefer to eat there. The ambience at the restaurant is peaceful and relaxed, with elegant décor and a row of booths for a bit of privacy. And the manager and waitstaff are very professional and nice. Mehfil is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood, and already we can’t wait to go back.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: toddg on December 08, 2008, 09:59:28 PM
Mehfil hasn't yet hit favorite status for me (too much competition), but I've tried it twice and had two good experiences.  James_and_Faye, on your recommendation I'll try that Pullao next time.  If you like this dish, you should also try to two delicious "Palau" entrees at Afghan Kebab House -- I particularly like the one with orange rinds in it.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: broad on December 08, 2008, 11:51:15 PM
I walked by today with my coworker and mentioned I heard it was good.  He expressed concern because it seems empty most of the time.  A guy in front of us stopped and expressed how much he had liked it.  ;D

I love JH.  Was it one of you by chance?
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: buddy on December 20, 2008, 10:58:11 PM
Went tonight for dinner with friends from this board.  We ordered a lot of food starting with samosas to three entrees plus palak paneer, naan, dal, raita, chutney, two orders of rice.... more food than we could eat... but we ate almost everything!

Everything was delicious.  The spinach with home made cheese (palak paneer) was the best I've ever eaten.  I wanted to lick the bowl.

The place: it was attractive and comfortable. I also liked their metal cups and bowls and bamboo menus.  And I love sitting in a booth.   The service was friendly and attentive.    I'm so glad I finally went.  I know many people aren't eating out much now so I hope this place survives.


Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: C11106 on December 22, 2008, 09:12:40 PM
I was walking by Mehfil today, and spur of the moment decided I wanted to try it for dinner.  I walked in and placed an order for takeout (Palak Paneer) and then ran across the street to Met to pick up a few items.  My food was ready in under 15 minutes, and the people in Mehfil were very nice.  And the palak paneer was so good!  The portion is very large, enough for 2-3 meals and it comes with a lot of rice. 
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Ernie on January 02, 2009, 11:30:46 PM
We ordered a bunch of food from Mehfil last night and it was excellent. It was a large order and they said it would take an hour to deliver and they came in exactly an hour.

Very pleasant on the phone, plus they accept credit cards.

We had the palak paneer, chicken tikka,onion kulcha bread, chana masala, dal, raita and lassi's.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: NYC Peromyscus on January 04, 2009, 03:29:53 PM
My family and I went to the buffet a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it...especially the tandoori fish and bread pakora!  I don't know if bread pakora is on the regular menu, but I've never had it outside of my mother-in-law's house (and never even seen it at a restaurant).  It's basically a deep-fried slice of sandwich bread (usually wonder bread) covered in the normal pakora chickpea batter.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: chrisj on January 18, 2009, 03:51:33 PM
I've been to Mehfil and had take-out once. The second time was much better. The Chicken Tika Massala was tender and the Matar Paneer was great too. I also really like the Riata sauce.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Mr. C on January 18, 2009, 10:16:55 PM
I've been 3 times so far.  The vegetarian section of the buffet was delicious and the vegetarian entree I had the first time was so good that I haven't tried another entree.  I can;t remember the name but it was a spinach dish with chickpeas and broccoli inside.  Mmmmmm.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: C11106 on January 25, 2009, 11:41:26 AM
FYI:  If you go to website www.restaurant.com, there are Mehfil gift certificates.  The price is $10 for a $25 gift certificate, and if you use the code "SAVE" you will receive 70% off and the price is only $3 for a $25 gift certificate.  I just purchased 2 (and some for other restaurants), but have not used them yet.  Only catch is that the certificate can only be used Sun-Thurs, for dinner, with a minimum $35 purchase.  Link below all about restaurant.com:

http://www.astorians.com/community/index.php?topic=3795.0
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: masthi on January 31, 2009, 10:43:19 PM
So I went into Mehfil today as I wanted to try it and it was close to my apt so I can get delivery from them. I am sad to say that my experience was not good. Right after I was seated i moved the chutney tray that was on the table and a roach crawled out from under and walked across the table. I told the waitress and left...
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Chuckster on February 01, 2009, 07:58:37 PM
I called in a delivery tonight from Mehfil.  The guy on the phone told me that future delivery orders can also be placed online. The thing is...I didn't ask about a website.  I just assumed the restaurant had it's own website.  Anyone know where to place an order online?
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: toddg on February 02, 2009, 10:38:53 PM
http://www.mehfilqueens.com

Looks like their ordering process is a bit time consuming... you need to add things to your "cart" one by one.  A simple email or phone call would be a lot faster.

But their food is well worth it, no matter how you order!
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Chuckster on February 02, 2009, 11:46:57 PM
Thanks Todd.  I was curious to check out Mehfil's online ordering process only because the person on the phone was encouraging me to use that method for future orders.  I suppose he thought it would be more convenient.  I may give it a shot next time!
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: LaVidaBuenaenJH on February 08, 2009, 08:39:01 AM
I've had dinner there about three times---never been for buffet--and I have to say that it's now my favorite Indian restaurant in the neighborhood and in rotation among my top five JH restaurants. Love the spinach with chick peas dish!
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: dotley on February 12, 2009, 07:38:30 AM
I did not have a good experience at this restaurant.  I usually try samosas at every Indian restaurant. If they can get the pastry dough right, then they usually know what they are doing.  Not only was the doughthick & tough, they apparently fried them in very old oil.  not good.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Lilybell on February 13, 2009, 10:31:26 AM
That's too bad about the samosa.  I rarely order them from anywhere because they are generally greasy or they taste like they've been sitting around.   However, the last time I ordered from Mehfil, my friend wanted samosas so we ordered them.  They were great -the dough was light and they weren't greasy at all.  I guess it depends on timing and luck. 

I love their paneer makhani.  It's the best I've had in the neighborhood. 
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: lindsey on February 13, 2009, 04:44:56 PM
Just want to add to this thread, that Mehfil's brunch is the freshest, tastiest Indian brunch I've had in the neighborhood, hands-down. It still puzzles me why certain JH restaurants (not to be named here) have such a stellar reputation among Manhattanites, when to my opinion they only run in the middle of the pack.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: C11106 on February 14, 2009, 01:48:36 PM
I had the Malai Kofta last night and it was delicious!  (Still is.. I'm eating some leftovers right now).

What do they serve for brunch?  Different than the regular menu?
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: buddy on March 04, 2009, 08:01:58 AM
Had dinner here last night.  At 5pm we were the only two in the place.  Felt so bad for them so I over ordered.... just kidding.  I always over order so I can have take-home.

Food was DELICIOUS as usual.  Wanted to suggest, for those meat eaters:  Chicken Malai Kebab.  O M G.  Delicious, grilled chicken on a hot dish over sizzling onions and peppers.  Chicken is marinated and so darn tender and tasty and not spicy for those people who don't like spicy.  YUM MMY.

Had the Chicken Korma also and it was creamy and delish.  Plus always get their spinach.  It had lemon grass shavings on top last night which I don't remember from last time.  Again, so tasty.

I really hope they don't close due to lack of business.  Jeff, you should have the next dinner group there.  I can't remember if you've eaten there yet but it's great food.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Ed on March 04, 2009, 01:27:48 PM
They seem to be doing a jumping delivery/take out bidness, so I don't know that I would worry too much about them closing. But yeah, it's a nice hang for dinner. Maybe when it gets warmer, more folks will go out rather than stay in...
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: StevenGrey on March 05, 2009, 01:01:03 PM
I stopped in for take-out last Friday (I was long overdue to try them out) and have to say everything was excellent. I will be ordering from them again more often in the future now that I have a menu! I can't wait to try out some other dishes, based on the comments I read here.  :smiley6600:
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: buddy on March 07, 2009, 11:53:01 PM
I still have some left overs from here.  Is midnight too late to heat up Indian food?  If I'm drinking red wine does that make it more easily digestible.  Enquiring minds want to  know.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: James_and_Faye on March 14, 2009, 07:22:23 PM
We continue to take out from Mehfil regularly (on average two times a week) and enjoy the high quality of the food. Last week we were able to go to the restaurant and sit down to eat. We tried the Paneer Bhurji and it's a new favorite. Also ordered the Mint Paratha--it tastes like mint tea in bread form!
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: buddy on March 15, 2009, 03:04:37 PM
please describe paneer bhurji.  thanks.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: James_and_Faye on March 15, 2009, 08:10:08 PM
Gladly! Paneer Bhurji is a vegetarian dish. It's mashed-up paneer, the Indian cottage cheese, along with onions, tomato, garlic, and green chiles, along with ginger, turmeric, and cumin. Heavenly over rice. The consistency is often described as similar to scrambled eggs, but it's more gravy-like.

Other dishes at Mehfil that we've had that include paneer are: Vegetable Malai Kofta, Mattar Paneer (paneer cubes with peas), and Paneer Palak (paneer with spinach). They're all good, but the Paneer Bhurji is extra special. Definitely try it!
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: buddy on March 17, 2009, 07:27:51 PM
Thank u.  Next time I eat there, I will try it.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: buddy on March 29, 2009, 07:57:59 PM
So I forgot I wanted to try your heavenly dish James_and_Faye and tonight I tried mango chicken with brocolli.  If you like mango, it was delish.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: James_and_Faye on March 30, 2009, 07:24:08 PM
We've been wanting to try the mango chicken. Thanks for the tip!

Buddy, have you (or anyone else reading this thread) tried the chicken curry or the fish curry?

If yes, please describe. Thank you!
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: buddy on March 31, 2009, 10:13:40 AM
Have not tried any curries yet cuz friend that usually joins me doesn't like curry.  I'll have to bring a diff. friend for that. 
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: buddy on March 31, 2009, 07:52:24 PM
O M G.  I just came across this recent Health Inspection.  yuck.  I want to go there tomorrow and ask them about this.  Not good.

http://blogs.nyindia.us/2009/03/22/spoiled-food-mice-vermin-issues-mar-mehfil-nyc-health-dept/
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: bmonster on March 31, 2009, 08:46:09 PM
I ordered from them last night (my third time, I think) and the food was terrible. Maybe it was just an "off" night, but it was a serious decline from the last time I ordered. So much so, in fact, that I don't think I'll order again. I ordered lamb korma and the lamb was mostly gristle. The korma itself had very little flavor. It was a big disappointment.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: C11106 on April 01, 2009, 07:52:44 AM
I've found the (vegetarian) food to be deliciously consistent...

And I am NOT clicking on the health inspection link!  I just can't do it.. especially since I have Mehfil leftovers in my fridge.  My thoughts are that since they got a poor health inspection, they have to fix it in order to continue operations.  Therefore, they must be MORE clean now.  Hoping...
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: NYC Peromyscus on April 01, 2009, 09:46:09 AM
Mehfil went from perfect to several violations in the span of one month, but none of the violations seem that bad.  Every restaurant in any city will have some mice nibbling the crumbs on the floor from time to time (I once worked in a kitchen of a nice restaurant where the mice would eat tunnels through the fancy bread!).  Many restaurants in JH and Elmhurst have been nailed recently by the health dept...it seems like every place my family eats regularly!
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Queenskid on April 01, 2009, 10:09:41 AM
I've always gone back and forth with this restaurant.  On the plus side the food was lighter than most Indian I've had.  On the other hand, it wasn't as intensely flavored.  I guess the two are connected.

In any event, I don't see these as just minor health violations.  They received 60 violation points, which is quite high by any standard.  I'm not sure I'll go back.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Lilybell on April 08, 2009, 09:32:00 AM
I was reluctant to post this when it happened but in light of the health code violations I guess I will.  I ordered delivery from them last month (dinner time) and at 10 am the next morning came down with the worst food poisoning I've ever had.  I was sick for a full week and missed four days of work. 

I know that it's nearly impossible to tell where one acquires food poisoning and that it could be from something I ate earlier.  I'm not going to blame Mehfil because I don't know if it was their food that got me sick.  I was even willing to give them another chance but now I will have to think about it.  60 violation points is quite high. 
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Jeffsayyes on April 08, 2009, 11:13:10 AM
I was always a little suspect of them...
my fav indian in the neighborhood is kababish and kebab king.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: NYC Peromyscus on April 08, 2009, 11:32:32 AM
I hate to post this, but here goes!  Given that people are expressing worry about this particular restaurant's health code violations, it is important to provide some context.  You can get the last few years of health inspection reports for any restaurant in the city at this website:

http://167.153.150.32/RI/web/index.do;jsessionid=3D16B2434E13AFC783E1E451DB231664?method=goldenAppleList (http://167.153.150.32/RI/web/index.do;jsessionid=3D16B2434E13AFC783E1E451DB231664?method=goldenAppleList)

It's not pretty for most restaurants...for example, here are the reports for Kabab King over the last few years.  They have been closed more than once by the DOH, having earned scores of 52, 65, and 71 (for paperwork violations, improper use of rat poison, etc).  They also earned some 0's during that period.  Again, I post this information to provide context and not to pick on anybody or any particular restaurant (and Kabab King is right next to my building...have eaten there.  Find the food OK but think they coast a bit on reputation).

KABAB KING
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
718-457-5857
    06/12/2008
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 06/12/2008
Violation points: 0

Establishment re-opened by DOHMH
   0
    06/11/2008
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 06/11/2008
Violation points: 39

Establishment Closed by DOHMH. Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
   39
    05/19/2008
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 05/19/2008
Violation points: 38

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.
   38
    04/01/2008
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 04/01/2008
Violation points: 52

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
   52
    01/31/2008
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 01/31/2008
Violation points: 0

No violations were recorded at the time of this inspection.
   0
    09/12/2007
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 09/12/2007
Violation points: 11

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to vermin exist.
2.)   Evidence of flying insects or live flying insects present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
3.)   Evidence of roaches or live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
   11
    08/29/2007
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 08/29/2007
Violation points: 15

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to vermin exist.
   15
    07/16/2007
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 07/16/2007
Violation points: 29

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained.
2.)   Evidence of flying insects or live flying insects present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
   29
    06/21/2007
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 06/21/2007
Violation points: 4

Establishment re-opened by DOHMH
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained.
2.)   Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.
   4
    06/12/2007
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 06/12/2007
Violation points: 65

Establishment re-closed by DOHMH
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to vermin exist.
2.)   Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
   65
    05/18/2007
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 05/18/2007
Violation points: 0

Establishment re-opened by DOHMH
   0
    05/15/2007
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 05/15/2007
Violation points: 71

Establishment Closed by DOHMH. Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
   71
    04/25/2007
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 04/25/2007
Violation points: 37

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Pesticide use not in accordance with label or applicable laws. Prohibited chemical used/stored. Open bait station used.
2.)   Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to vermin exist.
   37
    04/04/2007
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 04/04/2007
Violation points: 37

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Lighting inadequate. Fixture not shielded.
2.)   Garbage receptacles not provided or inadequate. Garbage storage area not properly constructed or maintained; grinder or compactor dirty.
3.)   Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
4.)   Personal cleanliness inadequate. Clean outer garments, effective hair restraint not worn.
   37
    07/08/2006
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 07/08/2006
Violation points: 0

No violations were recorded at the time of this inspection.
   0
    03/14/2006
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 03/14/2006
Violation points: 15

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Evidence of flying insects or live flying insects present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
   15
    02/02/2006
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 02/02/2006
Violation points: 43

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
   43
    01/05/2006
73-01 37 ROAD, QUEENS 11372
Inspection Date: 01/05/2006
Violation points: 45

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
Sanitary Violations
1.)   Lighting inadequate. Fixture not shielded.
   45
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: StevenGrey on April 08, 2009, 12:46:37 PM
I can report that I ordered from Mehfil again this past Friday night and had another good experience. The Chicken Tikka Masala was excellent as was the Paneer Palak. (On a previous occasion I had ordered the Chicken Shahi Korma and Channa Masala, and found them both to be excellent as well, as are their breads.) The gentleman who took my order was extremely polite and the food was delivered in about a half hour.

As has been already pointed out, you'd be hard pressed to find a restaurant in the city that has not at some time or other been sited in a health inspection. (One of my favorite Manhattan lunch spots was once closed for two weeks by the Department of Health... I had eaten there an average of twice a week and never got sick or saw anything that made me suspect their kitchen was not "up to code.") In my way of thinking, it's not such a bad idea to patronize a restaurant that has recently been sited: Unless the owners are complete morons, they are usually conscientious about fixing the violations in order to pass their follow-up inspection with as few points as possible.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Really4rob on April 10, 2009, 02:17:03 AM
In a non-violation related story, they must have a wider delivery area than most local resturants.  One day this week at my school, a student of mine from Elmhurst (specifically, somewhat near PS 7) came in holding an menu (he tends to hold a paper from whatever is in his lobby to show me, its his thing) from this place.

I'm like, whoa they deliver that far down Broadway!

Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: NYC Peromyscus on April 10, 2009, 07:35:34 AM
That is far!  Some of the restaurants at Whitney and Broadway (Penang and Nusara Thai definitely) deliver to eastern JH, which makes me very happy!
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Really4rob on April 10, 2009, 12:21:40 PM
See the advantage of teaching in a special ed school is that my students come from all over the borough.  In fact, five live within 1 mile of my home, even though we all bus waaaaay across Queens.  And happily, all live near great restaurants for those home visits ... yes, I am that crazed a teacher I make home visits.

Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: buddy on April 10, 2009, 07:15:30 PM
You know even though I was creeped out by their violations every time I've eaten there, the food has been terrific.  And the service also - terrific.  I'll get over what I read the next time I'm in the mood for Indian food!!!!

Thanks for the perspective about so many restaurants getting violations now and then.   It's true. 

And on a similar note BUT NOT THE SAME AT ALL!!!, on the news the other day, they reported that the average chocolate bar usually has 8 insect legs in it  and I still eat chocolate. :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Shelby2 on April 10, 2009, 08:53:11 PM
8 insect legs in it 

whole or chopped/pureed?
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: Really4rob on April 10, 2009, 09:18:15 PM
... the average chocolate bar usually has 8 insect legs in it  ...

Sometimes you feel like a thorax, sometimes you don't.
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: StevenGrey on April 13, 2009, 12:02:18 PM
Thanks for ruining my Easter, folks! I'll never enjoy biting the ears off a chocolate bunny ever again!  :P
Title: Re: Mehfil Indian Restaurant
Post by: ECG on April 13, 2009, 09:40:31 PM
Huh? I can't hear you!!! :2funny: