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Re: Will Himalayan Yak Reopen?
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2008, 08:52:48 PM »
There's a spiffy new sign up.  Hopefully they'll be opening soon!

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Re: Will Himalayan Yak Reopen?
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2008, 09:07:39 PM »
For a while they had a big sign that said "Coming in April," but they took that down at the end of the month.  I saw some workers outside a few days ago.  I asked them how long it would be until they reopened and they said about a month.  I can't wait!

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Re: Will Himalayan Yak Reopen?
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2008, 11:12:24 PM »
Went by yesterday and the entrance is all spiffed up. New sign, new doors, and a menu board out front.

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New Nepali/Tibetan/Indian Restaurant
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2008, 11:08:00 PM »
Ashoka (74-14 37th Ave.), my least-favorite local Indian Buffet, is now closed.  There's a sign up saying a new Nepali/Tibetan/Indian Restaurant will be arriving there soon.  It's good to see some turnover... the local South Asian food scene could use some rejuvenating.

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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2008, 02:57:52 PM »
I will miss Ashoka.  It was only one of two places I consistently went to for their buffets (the other being Indian Taj).
Has anyone been to the Nepali restaurant on 37th Road between 74th and 75th?  There are possibly two side by side- my memory is very bad.  There's also the one that's by the subway, also on 37th Road, that seems to serve more snackish stuff, and the one right on 74th between Roosevelt and 37th Road that has a sign proclaiming it has Nepali food.  They're popping up amazingly fast and I'm seeing a lot more what I believe to be Nepali folks chatting away in this intersection when I get off the subway.  Maybe they are establishing a kind of Little Tibet here?  I would never have thought that another culture would be able to infiltrate this slice of Little India but that's what seems to be happening.  Is this history in the making?

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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2008, 07:37:25 PM »
They're popping up amazingly fast and I'm seeing a lot more what I believe to be Nepali folks chatting away in this intersection when I get off the subway.  Maybe they are establishing a kind of Little Tibet here?  I would never have thought that another culture would be able to infiltrate this slice of Little India but that's what seems to be happening.  Is this history in the making?

Nepal and India have always been closely aligned - in terms of their cuisines at least, so the influx of Nepali-Tibetans into Little India isn't too surprising.

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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2008, 12:19:47 AM »
I was severely unimpressed by merit farms. does it get better? any recommendations?

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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2008, 12:29:04 AM »
I was severely unimpressed by merit farms. does it get better? any recommendations?
What did you get there? The Indian side of the menu is generally better.

I've generally found Tibetan food bland and uninspiring...though some yak dishes I had when I was there were delicious stir-fried with chives. Yak butter tea has to be the most horrible thing I've ever drunk.

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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2008, 01:18:05 AM »
Compared with some other subregions nearby, this isn't the most "exciting" cuisine.  Its flavors just aren't as strong or as complex.  But there are still some delicious things to be tasted: just wait for Himalayan Yak to reopen!  I can never remember what dishes I ordered previously, so it has been a bit of a random guess each time, and I've mostly been pleased with what I've ended up with.

I didn't like the tea either, but I can see how it would be a comfort food once you grow accustomed to it.

I've been meaning to try the new buffet in Woodside called "Top of the World" ... if the food is any good, it could be a good way to taste a lot of different dishes in one sitting.

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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2008, 01:38:13 AM »
I've been to Himalayan Yak before and left the ordering to my Tibetan friend. But personally, tingmos, thantuk and momos just aren't very exciting for me. Anything vaguely spicy is Nepali or Indian, like the dhaal bhaat, which was pretty good.
I totally understand why Tibetan cuisine isn't strong or complex - it is a product of its geographic insularity, after all. Tibetan cuisine is also very dependent on the yak for protein and fat purposes, and yak isn't very well-represented on Himalayan Yak's menu. Hopefully the new place will have more yak dishes, like the yak burger (and yak milkshake) I had in Tibet!

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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
« Reply #25 on: August 13, 2008, 11:41:37 PM »
Jeff spills his secret... he has discovered a nondescript momo place called "Himalaya Fast Food" at 74-10 37th Rd. that has momos that "destroy Shangrila Express."  Well, he got my attention!  I remain skeptical until I try them myself, because I strenuously disagree that Shangrila Express is "crappy."  But I can't wait for the taste test!


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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
« Reply #26 on: August 14, 2008, 12:28:03 PM »
what the hell??? you let the secret out even more!

they arent always available. i went yesterday with no luck. the place is definitely interesting. no refinement whatsoever.

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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
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what the hell??? you let the secret out even more!

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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2008, 08:53:05 PM »
Okay, here's a report on Round 1 of the Great Jackson Heights Momo Showdown.  Jeff is right, "Himalaya Fast Food" has very, very yummy momos.  According to our highly precise scoring system, the filling of their beef momos scores contains exactly as many yummy units per momo as the Shangrila Express Food Cart.  Amazingly, the panel of expert judges flown in from the Beijing Olympics to review this on an emergency basis concluded that the Himalaya Fast Food hot sauce was just as mind-blowingly excellent as the Shangrila Express Food Cart hot sauce, but awarded the newcomer one bonus point for originality since it their sauce is completely different from any of the other delicious hot sauces offered in the competition.  However, the judges docked H.F.F. one point for using an uninspired momo skin resembling a commonplace Chinese dumpling, which falls short of the more distinctive, doughier momo skins used by the food cart.

So after one round of competition we have a draw!  Stay tuned for round two, the freestyle competition, when H.F.F. will compete with its daring chicken momos.


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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2008, 09:20:21 PM »
Quick update on Himalayan/Nepali/Tibetan/Indian-style restaurant openings...

Thakali Express is now open in the old Ashoka space (also used as a movie set for 7 to the Palace) at 74-14 37th Ave. 

And Pakora, the renamed version of Pakistani buffet Khan Baba at 74-15 Roosevelt Ave. is now known as "Shangrila Kebab and BBQ."   The big buffet in the middle is gone, and replaced with a small buffet in the window.

So here's my latest census of Himalayan Cuisine in the area...

Himalaya Yak (72-20 Roosevelt Ave.)
Top of the World Buffet (62-02 Roosevelt Ave.)
Thakali Express (74-14 37th Ave.)
Shangrila Kebab and BBQ (74-15 Roosevelt Ave.)
Shangrila Express Food Cart (Broadway east of 73rd Street)
Himalaya Fast Food (74-10 37th Rd.)
? ? ? - momo place (73-?? 37th Rd.)
Merit Farms (37-67 74th St.)

At this rate, we'll soon have more Northern Subcontinent eateries than Southern Subcontinent eateries!

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Re: Himalayan - Nepali - Tibetan food
« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2008, 09:20:21 PM »