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Millenium - Indian in Astoria -long post

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Driving home last night from Costco, we went a different route and driving on 36th Avenue not far from Steinway and Northern Blvd, the greek stores started turning into Indian/Paki places. We stopped and had a delicious and very economical dinner at Millenium Tandoor on 36th Avenue between 34th & 35th Streets. Phone 718-786-3428

The place was empty (which can be a bit scary) but it seemed like a neigborhood spot and it is located on a a quiet side street. There were a few takeout orders while we dined but otherwise very quiet. (advantage, parking was a breeze) The food was really good and fresh. We ordered spinach & potato, lamb curry and chicken in a coconut curry. It was supposed to be fish in a coconut curry but we were reluctant try fish in an empty restaurant. Unfortunately, although very nice, the waitress (or owners wife?)does not speak English very well, so we ended up with lamb in coconut curry, but the sauce was so yummy that we really didn't care.

We also had regular nan and a fruit and nut stuffed nan, both of which were fresh hot, thick and very delish. The fruit nan is the closest I've ever come to my favorite nan which has cashews, coconut and of all things marischino cherry stuffing. Believe me, it works!!

The dishes came with basmati rice pilau, which had a great taste, including lots of little bits of fried shallots, it also came with complimentary salad, condiments (the usual array of mango chutney, tamarind and mint chutney) and crispy popadoms. Service was slow, but accomodating and pleasant. We also had a nice coconut shrimp appetizer - more like shrimp pakora. The total bill with tax and a generous tip for 3 of us came to $36 (shrimp appetizer was $4 and most main course dishes were btwn $6-8 )and we even took home leftovers. Portions were good, but typically Indian, not huge. However the gravy on both dishes was so rich, we couldn't finish everything, but kept on mopping it up with the hot nan.

Trick with nan is to order one at a time so it is always hot.

Anyway, am looking forward to a return trip. My 12 year old food critic loved it too. As ususual, he picked out the best dishes, he just has that uncanny knack. It seems like a fairly new place, has anyone else come across it? I hope they have enough business to sustain. I just noticed on their card that hty has a party room on the second floor, maybe they do alot of Indian parties, which would explain how they can stay open with so little restaurant business (or was it just a very quiet Tuesday evening???)
Happy chowing.

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