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Jun 21, 2007 09:34 PM

Hyderabad in Jackson Heights

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. 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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    1. re: jen kalb

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

      1. re: jen kalb

        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

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

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

        1. 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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          1. re: MumonA

            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.

            1. re: MumonA

              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.

              1. re: Jack Barber

                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

                  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....


                  1. re: Jim Leff

                    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.

                    1. re: Steve R

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

                      1. re: ernie0716

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

                        1. re: ernie0716

                          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. 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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              1. re: Joe MacBu

                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

                  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?

                  1. re: bigjeff

                    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...

                    1. re: bigjeff

                      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

                        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


                        1. re: jen kalb

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: welle

                    Wish I were there. But if it doesn't work out, you can find Hyderabad restaurants in Jersey City.

                    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

                      has anyone tried this joint recently?