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Hyderabad in Jackson Heights

Jim Leff Jun 21, 2007 09:34 PM

A little take-out place called "Hyderabad" has opened just off broadway at the other end of the long block anchored by Spicy Mina's. It's just around the corner on 64th street. The name intrigues. Haven't tried it yet.


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  1. jen kalb RE: Jim Leff Jun 22, 2007 09:25 AM

    but you know there are two cities names Hyderabad right? the foodie paradise in Andhra and the other in Pakistan. I would have the same initial reaction as you though.

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      Jim Leff RE: jen kalb Jun 22, 2007 01:23 PM

      Actually, either would be cool. There've been very very few Pakistani places in this part of Queens....it's mostly Bangladeshi....

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        howler RE: jen kalb Jun 23, 2007 11:21 AM

        pakistans hyderabad is in sindh; that cuisine was/is always sindhi; hyderabadi - meaning 'of the city of hyderabad' almost surely means the andhra capital.

        1. re: howler
          Jim Leff RE: howler Jun 23, 2007 02:54 PM

          Thanks, Howler. I'll try it and report back here, and I hope you'll monitor and offer perspective.

      2. welle RE: Jim Leff Jun 22, 2007 09:44 AM

        The title is a bit misleading - SM is in Woodside, I believe...

        1. MumonA RE: Jim Leff Jun 22, 2007 04:34 PM

          Just for the record, I think it's named "Hyderabadi." Jim, is this the place with the brown awning, across from the gas station? The inside looks ready to go, but no food yet. A guy hanging out in front directed me to the owner, who said the opening is scheduled for the 29th -- which would be next Friday.

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            Jim Leff RE: MumonA Jun 22, 2007 06:18 PM

            thanks for the great info, MumonA.

            Idunno, I have a good feeling, even though that locale has always been cursed (the columbian place next door has always disappointed, and don't even get me started on the ill-faited strip across Broadway.

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              Jack Barber RE: MumonA Jun 26, 2007 08:43 AM

              Got same info last night while waiting for Mina takeout -- 6/29 open. The guy was very nice, but I have to say to locale didn't give me a great feeling. Very steam table, w/ halal butchery thrown in. Who knows, though -- I guess we can find out soon enough.

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                MumonA RE: Jack Barber Jun 29, 2007 03:27 PM

                I dropped by Hyderabadi this afternoon. Still not open. "Next Friday -- the 6th" was the response I got from a guy inside. So, take that with the necessary grain of salt.

                1. re: MumonA
                  Jim Leff RE: MumonA Jun 29, 2007 05:21 PM

                  New sign look spiffy though. I have high hopes.

                  And bear in mind that all South Asian places in Jackson Heights open good. Three months later is a different story. So jumping on it would be smart....


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                    Steve R RE: Jim Leff Jun 30, 2007 05:08 AM

                    I'm hoping for the best as well but I've had that conversation with them about "opening soon" several months ago when I got to Mina's early to meet friends for dinner. There was a quick flurry of activity for a week or two; now it's been several months and they're still not open. Even though there's always some guys around with definitive info. on a soon opening.

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                      ernie0716 RE: Steve R Jun 30, 2007 11:03 PM

                      I drove by today, still no food or any signs of opening, a bunch of guys running in and out though...

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                        ernie0716 RE: ernie0716 Jul 7, 2007 07:56 PM

                        I saw food and a few people eating yesterday. Have not stopped in yet.

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                          JulesNYC RE: ernie0716 Jul 8, 2007 03:56 AM

                          My husband and I walked by on Thursday night and saw a few guys sitting in the shop and chatting - one was Sammy of Halal Cart fame - wonder if he is one of the owners or is consulting on the menu?

            2. Joe MacBu RE: Jim Leff Aug 20, 2007 01:59 PM

              I stopped by today, but didn't eat anything. I arrived when they opened around 11am but they didn't have anything ready. They told me 30 minutes and I was excited at the prospect of getting some freshly made grub, even if it was to be set up like the usual Indian steam table style. I returned later, only to be severely let down. Everything in the steam table was a leftover from the day before. Some of the trays barely had a few scoops of food in them. Pretty shameless. I asked if they could make something fresh for me, but they seemed hesitant. The tandoor wasn't even fired up, so no naan or kabab. They finally brought out fresh cooked goat biryani, but it looked so depleted in spices and meat that I just had to leave.

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                stuartlafonda RE: Joe MacBu Aug 20, 2007 02:15 PM

                I ate there about a week ago and was not impressed. The menu is huge but it merely lists what might be available.The guy making the naan worked for a while around the corner with Mina, he is the older shorter guy with glasses. I ordered three things.# 1. Chicken 67, a dish I had only seen once before at Kerala Kitchen. It was good. Small pieces of boneless chicken with that Tandoori color, good spice #2. Goat and spinach. Goat was horrendous, all bone and gristle. Spinach was good and would consider getting that if a saw it without the goat. #3 mashed eggplant. Consistency of baby food and so much vinegar I could only eat a couple of little bites of it before giving up and tossing it in the garbage. Naan was good.

                1. re: stuartlafonda
                  bigjeff RE: stuartlafonda Aug 20, 2007 03:32 PM

                  I thought it was called Chicken 65? something they offer at Chopstick, an indian-chinese place in elmhurst where I ate last night. didn't order it but saw it; basically boneless fried chicken, spiced accordingly?

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                    Lau RE: bigjeff Aug 20, 2007 05:00 PM

                    they might be from hydrabad then, i know a guy from hydrabad and he always talked about the chicken 65 (i actually think it was a # in the 50s), but he raved about how good it is in hydrabad, ive never had it though...

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                      stuartlafonda RE: bigjeff Aug 21, 2007 06:46 AM

                      Sorry "big jeff" I was writing from memory without consulting the menu (which I did not keep) so it propably was chicken 65. The prices are ridiculously cheap, the most expensive item on the menu was $6.99.

                      1. re: stuartlafonda
                        jen kalb RE: stuartlafonda Aug 21, 2007 10:04 AM

                        Its deff a hyderabad thing but it seems to be eaten all over India in the fast food/dhaba world. Some recipes have soy and it seems to be common in the indian chinese world too, so who knows where it started?, one account and a recipe are linked below


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                          bigjeff RE: jen kalb Aug 21, 2007 10:23 AM

                          yeah the info on chicken 65 has all sorts of theories; but, def. seems to be a tangra-type thing for sure

                2. welle RE: Jim Leff Jun 26, 2008 02:10 PM

                  Was wondering if any of the hounds visited re-visited this tiny storefront in Woodside. I had a goat byriani from their steam table last weekend and it was sublime. The best byriani I've tasted in NY, IMO. Cannot wait to try their other stuff. They also make naan to order and anything in tandoor to order.

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                    Brian S RE: welle Jun 26, 2008 07:51 PM

                    Wish I were there. But if it doesn't work out, you can find Hyderabad restaurants in Jersey City. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/25230...

                    And since Hyderabad is a technically savvy town, I'd bet you can find their food in Silicon Valley, in California.

                    1. re: Brian S
                      kevin RE: Brian S Aug 3, 2010 06:03 PM

                      has anyone tried this joint recently?

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