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Jan 2, 2009 10:50 AM

Fast food Tibetan in Jackson Heights

I stopped by a new Tibetan fast food place this weekend. Unfortunately, I did not record the name of the restaurant, but it's located on that short block where the Indian movie theater and subway entrance is.

They had both chaat and Tibetan food, probably more chaat then Tibetan. I'm not sure why. On the counter was a Chai dispenser and a thermos. The thermos was corked and had Tibetan-style salted tea inside. Both types of tea were good. I'm assuming they were free, but maybe I was charged for it. It was all very informal.

As far as I can tell, the Tibetan food you can get are all dumplings: beef, chicken or vegetarian. I tried the beef. The dumplings were steamed, I believe. The dumpling skin was light and too delicate, but the beef inside was pleasantly greasy and tasty. It came with a Tibetan hot sauce that was quite nice.

Dumplings were about $6.50 total, and the staff was very pleasant. If you are in Jackson Heights, and want a meaty snack, this is a pretty good way to go. It suited the cold, snowy weather perfectly.

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  1. this has been a go-to place of mine for the past year or so. the momo are excellent, but i am really partial to the chaat, especially the pani puri, which is the best in the area.

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    1. re: david sprague

      david, i didn't see pani puri on the menu. is it on the tibetan side or the indian side? thx!

      1. re: congee

        just to be clear, i am talking about the place a couple doors down from tbe eagle theater. there's an island when you walk in -- just past the phone card vendor (i adore the co-operative nature of this neighborhood) -- where a lady makes chaat. the pani puri is tops (six bucks, fwiw) but i haven't been crazy about the samosa chaat -- mostly 'cause of the samosa,

        enjoy...i hope!

      2. re: david sprague

        tried the papri chaat over the weekend; $6 gets an enormous takeout tin of goodies (we asked for the sev and papri on the side) and, it was tasty. mostly chickpeas, potatoes, not enough crunchy stuff in my opinion, although they did look like the pani-puri specialist since they had bags and bags of that. I'd have to say, I enjoyed the Curry & Curry chaat very much (east 33rd in midtown) and, I really liked the newstand chaat more (on sixth avenue, around 36th or 37th street in midtown), I think it was a dollar less and a lot more crunchy. but, this one had good flavors, the ladies are very nice will have to try the pani puri next time. thanks!

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        1. It's called "Himalaya Fast Food"
          74-10 37th Rd
          Jackson Heights, NY 11372
          (347) 837-9157

          I love their food. I need to do much more exploring though. I think their momos beat out anywhere in the heights. especially that cart.

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          1. re: Jeffsayyes

            hey jeff:

            i think andrew is actually talkinbg about the place bearer 73rd, not himalayan ff. your place has much better momo, but no chaat station, if i recall properly.

            1. re: david sprague

              Is this that place that looks like it sells lotto tickets? two doors down from eagle theater? That place is okay. At the very least it's got a homestyle mood to it. the ladies are nice. the food is not bad, though I won't be back.

              1. re: Jeffsayyes

                yep, that';s the place. as i said, i prefer the chaat, but the ladies are very nice -- as are their children,who are often there doing homework -- and i dig the veg momo.

                1. re: david sprague

                  Interesting! So there's two Tibetan/Himalayan fast food places in Jackson Heights? Man, I love that neighborhood.

                  1. re: Andrew Hyatt

                    more than two, actually...head to the back of merit foods on 74th st just off roosevelt and there;s a tibetan counter. prepared dishes (alu dum especially) better than momo. cool tibetsn thsli. shangri-la on 37th also offers some carryout options

                    1. re: david sprague

                      yeah, I dig the tibetan in Merit. Shangrila has good street cred, but I I prefer the other ones so far.

                      1. re: david sprague

                        Anyone tried the Bhutanese food at Tashi Delek (a.k.a. Dumpling Palace), the counter at the back of Merit Farms? Bhutanese isn't so easy to find around here.

                        Here's place info on the eateries in this thread ...

                        Himalayan Fast Food
                        74-10 37th Rd, Queens, NY 11372

                        Merit Kabab Palace
                        37-67 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

                        Tashi Delek
                        37-67 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

                        73-19 37th Rd, Queens, NY 11372

                        1. re: squid kun

                          Just to double-check: Is the OP's Tibetan+chaat place the one where the awning is for an Internet business in the basement?

                          Back in '07 it seems to have been called K2 ... . The Samyeling name - visible on a small sign out front and on the printed menu inside - seems relatively new, and may signal a new kitchen.

                          1. re: squid kun

                            Wow - is there any other Bhutanese food in the city? Have you tried it? If so, any notable dishes?

                            1. re: lambretta76

                              there is a "breakfast" place on 37th road, near the corner of either 76th or 77th that had a big sign for bhutanese, nepali and tibetan food. didn't catch the exact address unfortunately, but it basically looks like a deli counter with some seating; the menu on the wall was all bagel/egg/cheese breakfast items but the guy I talked to (they were closing) said they had a full nepali menu. so interesting the neighborhood!

                              1. re: bigjeff

                                it's called luli galas, and it opened a few weeks ago after a long long renovation period. haven't tried it yet, but walk by it on the way to and from the subway every day. crowded at breakfast time, not so much at 6-7 PM. it;s on the corner of 76th, btw,

                                1. re: david sprague

                                  I think it might be Lali Guras, which means rhododendron (the official flower of Nepal).

                                  1. re: Joe MacBu

                                    you're right, joe....sorry for my mangling!

                                2. re: bigjeff

                                  I had lunch at Lali Guras. It was cheap and delicious.

                                  Good momos - though those who complain about thick skin will not like it (momos are not supposed to have thin translucent skin).

                                  The thali with goat curry was solid. It included black lentil soup, sauteed mustard greens, papad, pickled radish and a big mound of rice (we were even offered a second helping of rice). You can get the thali with chicken curry, vegetarian option or fish curry (which they didn't have). I think it was $7 - quite a good deal.

                                  They've got the other standard Tibetan stuff on the menu as well. The folks here are very friendly. It's a very small space and they create 1 dish at a time. Everything tasted fresh.

                                  1. re: Joe MacBu


                                    Lali Guras
                                    37-63 76th St, Queens, NY 11372

                              2. re: squid kun

                                Gate was down this afternoon at Himalayan Fast Food, and a local said it was out of business.

                                1. re: squid kun

                                  damnit. i barely had a proper meal there. and never went upstairs. they seemed pretty busy too...

                  2. Besides the unusual or exotic factor, don't you all find this food to be extremely BORING and even a bit tasteless?

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                    1. re: NYJewboy

                      check out Mustang Thakali Kitchen on 37th. Very tasty and interesting (and unusual) food. Even the veggie momos, with the sesame, tomato and chili sauces, were out of this world. I guess it's the good Nepali stuff I like. The one time I went to Himalayan Yak and ordered off both the tibetan and nepali sides of the menus, the former was a bit bland, while the latter was pretty great.

                      1. re: Widmark

                        I so need to check this Nepali place out.

                    2. while this isn't fast food tibetan, I caught a late meal at Shangri-La, located on roosevelt avenue right across from the train entrance and a door down from the Dunkin Donuts. This is the place with a takeout/steamtable area at the back, a few steps down, with a separate entrance at the backside as well. The place has morphed over the years from a typical indian place, to an indian buffet, to an indian buffet that had indo-chinese food and now, to this place, which has Indian, Tibetan and Nepali food. The place looks totally refreshed and we had a nice little meal there last night. The back steamtable area had the typical indian stuff (didn't look very good) and, the indian selections are just a single page in the somewhat expansive menu, as was the nepali choices (no translations) but the tibetan food was well described. We ordered:

                      + luk-sha sha drey (lamb curry) from the tibetan menu, came with tingmo
                      + butter tea from the tibetan menu
                      + jibro fry (goat tongue) from the nepali menu
                      + bhatmas sandoko/chuia (fried mung bean with beaten rice) from the nepali menu
                      + for dessert, rolled pasta with cheese/sugar from the tibetan menu

                      the lamb was quite nice; could be more tender but flavor was good; not particularly strong flavors but definitely unique; they had another lamb dish which sounded similar but also had spinach and daikon which looked interesting. they also had a lamb soup with pasta (sha gutse ri-thuk) which was prob. real good; the hand-made pasta reminded me of cavatelli, like they rolled it around the handle of a wooden spoon or something; same pasta as for the dessert I'm sure. the tingmo (steamed bun with many spirals) was really good.

                      the fried goat tongue was really good! tasted strong, lotta cartilage, some jawbone but basically, cut-up pieces of goat tongue/mouth, fried up and well-seasoned. sounds gross but tastes really good.

                      the mung bean / beaten rice thing was a snack; tasty, garnished with fresh ginger and garlic and we basically ate spoonfuls of it, but also ate it with the curry, with the goat; great textural contrast and really interesting flavor; there was a very pleasant aftertaste of spinach or something vegetal, a faint taste of horseradish somehow.

                      oh, and they also gave us a dish of hot sauce / condiments which was nice; the hot sauce was very sweet (almost korean) but had a very fresh taste and a fast-burn (as opposed to slow-burn) heat and there was also a giant puddle of momo sauce, which sorta tasted and looked like a roasted yellow pepper sauce, kinda sweet, very good.

                      pleasant experience, nice waitstaff (very attentive and helpful with explaining the menu) and definitely worth a trip with maybe a medium-sized group. they also offered thalis, and all other kinds of interesting stuff.

                      there were many other interesting things on the menu. oh and . . . . the food definitely sits a little heavy.

                      7415 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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                      1. re: bigjeff

                        Interesting review of Shangri-La. Place looks inviting. Yesterday afternoon, I was walking along 37th Ave below 74th Street and notice what appears to be a new Awning at 7106 37th Ave which reads, "Naan Kebob Sea Food Restaurant". Under the name of the retaurant is, "Indo-Pak-Bangladesh, Nepal, Chinese, Thai". It will also be a grocery store. So it looks like another new opening soon. Can the neighborhood support another new restaurant & grocery store? Oh well, we shall see.