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Alan Divack Jan 13, 1999 07:26 PM

I have heard and read wildly contradictory and varying
reports about these places over the past few weeks and
months. Has anyone been recently to report?

  1. t
    Tom Traub Jan 25, 1999 07:21 PM

    I was at Delhi Palace a few weeks back. It's still
    good, including a nice masala dosai.

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      Brian Yarvin Jan 15, 1999 08:43 PM

      I haven't been to Tabaq, but I've been to Jackson Hts.
      for Indian buffet five or six times during the past few
      months and have devloped my own ideas...

      The new Jackson Diner is the best looking of the
      restaurants but not very good for buffet. If you need
      to impress then Delhi Palace is your best bet. They
      have better quality and more variety than any of the
      others.

      Never mentioned here, but a favorite of mine, is Indian
      Taj, a few doors north of Delhi Palace. The buffet is a
      buck cheaper and has a few less items, but is quite
      good. It's often possible to get a seat there when you
      might have to wait at Delhi Palace or Jackson Diner.

      No matter where you eat, check out the Patel's grocery
      on the same block, the best Indian grocery I've ever
      seen.

      Brian

      1. j
        jen kalb Jan 14, 1999 11:26 AM

        Took a gang to the new Jackson Diner location over
        Thanksgiving weekend for the lunch buffet - liked the
        new room, and some of the dishes (preeminently the
        goat curry and dals) were excellent still, but the
        overall quality was lower than expected, especially
        the vegetable dishes like the dry-cooked
        cauliflower/potato curry, which was underseasoned and
        tired. The green chutney was dyed blue, and contained
        very little if any fresh herb, there was no raita at
        all (and this with a newly installed make-your-own
        chaat bar!) and the fried fritters were bland potato
        croquettes rather than the usual spicy bhajis. Maybe
        it's time to return to masala dosai and other ala
        carte items.

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        1. re: jen kalb
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          Seth Ditchik Jan 14, 1999 01:37 PM

          Went to Jackson Diner this week; some new dishes, like
          the Mulligawtawny Soup or a chicken appetizer fried
          with coconut and served with mango chutney, were
          excellent. We had the kadai paneer, which we've had
          many times before; I thought it was not as good as
          I've had it there before, but my dining companion
          thought it was as good if not better, so there you
          go. As long as we've been going there (4+ years) the
          quality has always varied; on it's off days it is as
          good as any indian restautant in the city, but when it
          is on it is absolutely transcendent.

          1. re: Seth Ditchik
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            Howard Feb 21, 1999 08:20 PM

            Having lived in the East Village( St. Marks and 1st)I
            was two short blocks from the many Bangladesh?indian
            style food. 74th Street in Jackson Heights and the
            jackson Diner in particular is far superior. I go to
            The Diner about once a week I am always made to feel
            welcome and the food is great. The daily $ 7.95 brunch
            is worth the trip. I ordered something just this past
            Friday and the owbers son personally told me the the
            mixture of veggies and sauces wouln't work and
            recommeded I choose something elso. I really thought
            that was special of them.

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