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Apr 9, 2008 11:25 AM

Tangra Masala - first time tonight - please help

Heading out to Tangra Masala for the first time tonight, as part of my NYC culinary victory lap before I move to the Bay Area.

I've been through the boards, but there's not all that much on what specifically to order there. I know we'll try the lollypop chicken. But what else is a must try? We will have one vegetarian in our midst.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I'd be sure to include the vegetable hot and sour soup and veg. tangra masala fried rice. Chili chicken (dry) is a winner. The fish with ginger and onions (mild) was also surprisingly tasty.

    1. definitely get the chili cauliflower, get your dishes "dry" as opposed to "gravy" if given the choice; the dry tends to be better. there are some fish fingers that I thought were good and aside from those, I'd just ask the servers for a good mix. I'm never impressed with the fried rice or noodle dishes at most tangra places; I'm sure a lamb or goat dish should be good as well as some of the fritters/apps.

      unfortunately another tangra place nearby named Chopsticks closed a few months ago; I thought it was very good. and if you go further up grand avenue at least a mile or two, there is Talk of the Town, which I think is affiliated with a restaurant of the same name in Jackson Heights; the place looked packed when I went by but I can't speak for the food.

      1. Liked the Manchurian goat (dry). Agree with bigjeff that you should order the dishes dry as opposed to wet. Wet versions dilute the flavor. You've got to love a restaurant that's got more chili peppers next to the items than not.

        1. I really enjoyed their Singapore Noodles. Not too greasy, full of flavor. On my most recent visit , I had the Manchurian Beef, dry. Decent enough dish, with some pretty intense heat.

          I had been meaning to try Chopsticks. Drove by some weeks back, brought a hearty appetite, saw the "for rent" sign in the window. Tangra Masala was my consolation prize.

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          1. re: Polecat

            ya its really too bad; they had a great chicken 65, an excellent goat curry, some "super" lollipops and a very nice fried beef app too. but alas, not enough business for the very nice, lone proprietor.

          2. My views of Tangra Masala or its sister restaurant haven't changed since I first started eating there.