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Offline toddg

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Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Restaurants
« on: June 29, 2008, 11:24:49 AM »
Sometimes things are so blindingly obvious that they can be hard to see.  Perhaps that's why this Jackson Heights community forum didn't have a thread on Colombian restaurants until two weeks ago, and hasn't had a thread on South Asian restaurants until right now!  There are existing threads for Talk of the Town, Deshi Biryani, Dosa Place, and food from the Himalayan region.  But no place for general discussion of Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi restaurants.

What are your favorites? 

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Re: Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Restaurants
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008, 02:57:24 PM »
Spicy Mina's is by far my favorite, and Mina, the chef and owner is a sweet and generous person. There have been a lot of write ups about it on Chowhound.com.

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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2008, 05:43:04 PM »
Hands down, Delhi Palace. 

I am a regular there every Saturday for lunch buffet, so trust me when I say this.  The Aloo Gobi from there is the only place, Indian or Non (Naan?  Ha ha), that I can eat cauliflower.  The Chili Chicken.  Even staples like Goat Curry.

I've been in Jackson Diner (even when it w s in its old, pre-large location), and the others (the Purple jacket place whose name I cant recall, for example), but hands down for me, Delhi Palace.

I'm either there with my son, or now he began music classes again, reading most Saturdays, so trust that I practice what I preach ... its that good.

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Re: Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Restaurants
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2008, 07:05:24 PM »
wow, you're right.  we've written about favorite restaurants and they came up but not a thread devoted to just this cuisine.

This second, I'm saying Nanking.  But I still love Jackson Diner's buffet and their Tandoor Prawns for dinner.  Have yet to get to Spicy Mina (been meaning to) and Delhi Palace never won me over although I have friends who do like it better than Jackson Diner. It's been years though and I should check out Delhi Palace again.  But Jackson Diner makes the only creamed spinach that I'll eat so that's part of why I keep going back.  Kinda like Really4Rob and his cauliflower craving at Delhi Palace.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2008, 09:21:04 PM »
I like Delhi Palace better than Jackson Diner too. Delicious bindi masala and cauliflower, and good desserts too. The people there are always friendly and there's fresh masala dosa! I've been wanting to try out Indian Taj as well.

I've also eaten at a lot of the smaller ones, whose names I can't remember. Shaheen Mahal, the 24 hour place on 74th street, has awesome aloo parathas after 11pm (I've been told repeatedly to only come after 11pm for the aloo paratha! Don't know how different it is pre-11pm). The other 24h place next to the 7 train entrance on 74th St has surprisingly good and spicy (and cheap) chicken kebabs - only $1.50. I've eaten at Roti Boti but I'm not very fond of it - it seems outrageously pricey compared to the rest of the neighborhood.

There was once another restaurant on 74th St that had good $1 chai. You have to ascend some steps to get there...it's now another jewelry store, sigh.

Oh, and how can I forget Dosa Diner...quick cheap snack! (Yes, I think of dosas as snacks...)

I haven't really tried the Indian sweets. I don't know what to get, though I've tried some kulfi and some of the chaat.

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Re: Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Restaurants
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2008, 09:52:32 AM »
Bloomberg.com has a timely story (and a positive spin!) about Indian food in Jackson Heights that appears on the web site.  Looks like our nabe has entered the big leagues!  I'm sure all the "hedge fund boys and girls", investment bankers, and Wall Street types that read Bloomberg will be lined up outside Jackson Diner VERY SOON!:

In the Heights (Jackson) New Yorkers Find Down-Home Indian Food

Review by John Mariani

June 30 (Bloomberg) -- While Manhattan may have the most refined -- and pricey -- Indian restaurants in New York, (see Dawat, Tamarind and Chola), some of the best down-home cooking from the subcontinent can be found in an eight-block area across the Queensborough Bridge in Jackson Heights.

They don't call it ``Little India'' for nothing.


Check it out here at:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601093&sid=aH1C.Na73pdY&refer=home

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Re: Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Restaurants
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2008, 11:13:26 AM »
From the article posted by Prester:

"Stores display saris on old mannequins that look more like Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake than contemporary Indian movie stars..."

I love the look of the retro mannequins!
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2008, 12:56:00 PM »
My fave is Indian Taj.  Their quality is consistent and they have the buffet for dinner - sold!  My other favorite was Ashoka but they've since closed.  For normal a la carte, I'm in love with Deshi Biryani on 37th Ave between 75th and 76th.   The four or five dishes I tried were all amazing- definitely cooked with pride and spicey as heck!  I'm agreement with the opinions on Jackson Diner.  I don't see the appeal, except if you have out of town guests who would balk at eating in hole-in-the-wall places (the good majority of restaurants here).

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Re: Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Restaurants
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2008, 07:27:24 AM »
I like Indian food and went to the Dehli Palace alot to buy the Simosas (sp?).  One time with my cousins visiting we went to eat there and sat at a table.  I went to the rest Room and witnessed two of the waiters in the bathroom.  They both left the bathroom without washing their hands.  I never went back, not even for the Simosas take-out.   Pity..I love Simosas.

I'm not picking only on Dehli Palace.  The company I work for has many consultants from India.  I witness the same thing at work all the time.  I always make sure I use a paper towel when I open the faucets and when I leave the Rest Room.

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Re: Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Restaurants
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2008, 12:24:16 AM »
I haven't tried any of the buffets yet, and I've gone to only a handful of Indianish places in the area, but I love Kababish - right across from roti boti. So much flavor in everything. Best Indian I've ever had - and they are open 24 hours. There are always customers in and out - it's proof how good they are. My eyes always bulge out looking at what new things they have that day.

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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2008, 01:14:40 PM »
My favorite right now is Deshi Biryani.  Good food and the owners are so nice.  I've tried Delhi Palace a few times, but it's always way too salty for me.  The last time I ordered from them I ended up throwing out most of the food. 

I haven't tried Nanking yet, but I plan to this weekend. 

One thing I've realized (sadly) since I moved to the neighborhood a few months ago is that I have the palate of a gringo.  I've lived all over the world and love all types of food, but I was shocked to find out that some of these neighborhood places are too spicy for me.  I always thought I could handle spicy food well - it was a blow to the ego to find out how wrong I was! 

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Re: Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Restaurants
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2008, 01:16:29 AM »
Cafe Drake, hailing from Brooklyn, is determined to try all of the Indian buffets in Jackson Heights.  "Feeling as fresh and dashing as a Bollywood heartthrob" after a shave at Punjab Barber Shop, he reviews Delhi Palace.  I'll watch for further installments in the series.

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Re: Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Restaurants
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2008, 09:10:27 AM »
Haha, Cafe Drake is funny. What a culinary undertaking!

Has anyone spoken to the owners of Tandoori Palace, the new restaurant that took over Ashoka's spot on 37th Ave? I was walking home around 1am last night and saw them in full force painting the front. Looks like they'll be open really soon.

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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2008, 09:12:55 AM »
Just a hunch, but I don't think this is for real.  There was a film crew out front today, and the place was abuzz with activity, so I suspect this is just a set for 7 to the Palace.  It would be great if somebody could snap a picture of this storefront before it disappears!

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« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2008, 09:17:04 AM »
Just a hunch, but I don't think this is for real.  There was a film crew out front today, and the place was abuzz with activity, so I suspect this is just a set for 7 to the Palace.  It would be great if somebody could snap a picture of this storefront before it disappears!

Tandoori Palace isn't real?! But what about all those signs advertising Himalayan-Nepali-Indian food that's been around for weeks?

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Re: Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Restaurants
« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2008, 09:17:04 AM »