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« Reply #30 on: June 29, 2020, 08:19:02 PM »
i love the Mysore Masala Dosa, but it is spicy if that's a concern. the Onion Dosa is really good if you prefer something mild. both are quite large and come with sambar/chutney.

the paneer entrees are great, but rich. and my personal favorite - an acquired taste, i've been told -- is the Halwa Puri. a dish of sweet pudding, a dish of spicy chickpeas and two puri. it's a breakfast dish in South India, i believe, but i can eat it any time.

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« Reply #31 on: June 29, 2020, 09:35:47 PM »
The palak paneer and the baingan bharta are spectacular!

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« Reply #32 on: July 03, 2020, 02:04:57 PM »
So we ordered dinner at Samudra last night. As always, so good!! In the past I was hooked on their channa bhatura. It is this super delicious, spicy chickpea dish served over this puffy fried bread. (I always add a side order of coconut chutney ($1) to take the heat down to my preferred taste.)

Last night I wanted to try a few new dishes with rice, fearing the fried bread might be too heavy. We chose Aloo Palak, Channa Phishori, Spinach Masala Dosa. It was a lot of food for two people, but we wanted leftovers for lunch.

The channa and the dosa were the stars of the show. The chickpeas had mild spice and were flavorful. I added a little of the enclosed yoghurt sauce which was a nice addition. I did enjoy the Aloo Palak too which for my tastes benefitted from adding a little of the enclosed (red) hot sauce and a touch of salt. (They also included some pickled hot mango on the side as well.)

This dosa knocked my socks off. In this version the crepe was made with rice and lentil flour and filled with spinach and potato masala. It absolutely sings with a douse of coconut chutney (which comes on the side with it) and a dash of salt. Delicious and filling.

Besides increasing our order frequency, we wonder if there is any other way we can help Samudra stay in business? Maybe a go fund me or other way to donate is out there? Please let us know. They are a true gem in this neighborhood!

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« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2020, 06:57:02 PM »
They could be creative. Maybe screen BOLLYWOOD movies by their outside dining area.

That'll help them stand out.

Laly's, for instance, appears to have created a night club vibe with loud Latinx club music.
And they seem to be always busy now.
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Re: Samudra
« Reply #34 on: July 03, 2020, 07:11:04 PM »
So we ordered dinner at Samudra last night. As always, so good!! In the past I was hooked on their channa bhatura. It is this super delicious, spicy chickpea dish served over this puffy fried bread. (I always add a side order of coconut chutney ($1) to take the heat down to my preferred taste.)

Last night I wanted to try a few new dishes with rice, fearing the fried bread might be too heavy. We chose Aloo Palak, Channa Phishori, Spinach Masala Dosa. It was a lot of food for two people, but we wanted leftovers for lunch.

The channa and the dosa were the stars of the show. The chickpeas had mild spice and were flavorful. I added a little of the enclosed yoghurt sauce which was a nice addition. I did enjoy the Aloo Palak too which for my tastes benefitted from adding a little of the enclosed (red) hot sauce and a touch of salt. (They also included some pickled hot mango on the side as well.)

This dosa knocked my socks off. In this version the crepe was made with rice and lentil flour and filled with spinach and potato masala. It absolutely sings with a douse of coconut chutney (which comes on the side with it) and a dash of salt. Delicious and filling.

Besides increasing our order frequency, we wonder if there is any other way we can help Samudra stay in business? Maybe a go fund me or other way to donate is out there? Please let us know. They are a true gem in this neighborhood!

A gofundme might work but it would have to be creative. Maybe raise money where half goes to the restaurant for operating expenses and the other half to purchase a meal for first responders or hospital staff. So if someone donates $20, then $10 goes to the restaurant to keep them afloat, and $10 goes to buy Samudra food to donate to some sort of group event.

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« Reply #35 on: July 03, 2020, 07:54:45 PM »
They could be creative. Maybe screen BOLLYWOOD movies by their outside dining area.

That'll help them stand out.

Laly's, for instance, appears to have created a night club vibe with loud Latinx club music.
And they seem to be always busy now.
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the idea is cool. but their outdoor seating area is two tables with four seats, and nowhere to put a screen -- unless they block the door to the restaurant and plug in a big screen TV.

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« Reply #36 on: July 03, 2020, 08:12:55 PM »
The solutions are staring them in the face.

Arepa Lady, Arunee (and everyone in Astoria) have taken over the street for extra outdoor space... where Samudra might screen Bollywood films.

It doesn't take an Einstein to steal that idea of using the street.

It takes creativity.


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« Reply #37 on: July 03, 2020, 11:28:17 PM »
it will take more than creativity to screen a film in a space that limited. they can't take the whole sidewalk...there needs to be a space to walk. and people will have to walk between the diners/viewers and the screen/monitor the whole time. spatial realities have to be considered.

it's a narrow storefront. they only have room for four seats now. they could boost that to eight if they take a parking lane, but then where does the screen go.

physical reality, not out of the box thoughts. i'm not being confrontational here. would really like to hear your concrete answer.

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« Reply #38 on: July 04, 2020, 09:59:36 AM »
“Never allow carping critics to deter you from success. Instead, silence them with it.”

If there is one thing I have learned, it's not to engage in endless theoretical discourses with folks whose hobby is finding problems...
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« Reply #39 on: July 04, 2020, 10:50:53 AM »
when you float theories, expect to be challenged. if you can't rise to meet a challenge, you've shown the theory to be invalid.

when your theories generate success, you will be rewarded with silence.
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« Reply #40 on: July 04, 2020, 12:07:25 PM »
It's an idea. Not a theory.

The restaurant is free to run with it.

Or not.

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Re: Samudra
« Reply #41 on: July 10, 2020, 04:26:17 PM »
Thanks everyone for the menu suggestions!

Our favorites so far are the dosas, the malai kofta, and the Bombay burger. I hope they can stay in business.

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« Reply #42 on: July 10, 2020, 06:13:04 PM »
I haven't yet eaten in one of these outdoor situations yet. I'd be curious to hear about people's dining experiences on 37th Ave in particular. If Samudra is in arrears to their landlord, it might be hard to pay the startup costs involved in building a compliant dining structure for the street. I have heard many people say they just aren't ready yet, even for the outdoor dining experience.   

And since there's been a lot of back and forth, I have a suggestion for this visual appeal idea: Samudra could place a translucent surface (like a sheer white curtain or vellum) inside their windows, projecting the image through this and out through the glass storefront. It would look cool, but considering how late it gets dark now, it might not be effective for many of their open hours. 

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Re: Samudra
« Reply #42 on: July 10, 2020, 06:13:04 PM »