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kattyeyes Nov 8, 2009 05:57 AM

I understand there is good Tibetan food to be had in NYC and would love to know where to find it. Can you please direct me for lunch or dinner on a Saturday? We'll be driving in from Connecticut in a couple of weeks.

I searched this board using last 12 months and last 5 years as criteria, but only found an old post from 2005 about Tibet Shambala, now closed (right?). I also googled and found nothing current from Chowhound, which was surprising.

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Tibet Shambala
488 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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    Pan Nov 12, 2009 10:25 PM

    I like to go to Cafe Himalaya, 1st St. between 1st and A, for a soothing dinner sometimes, on the way home from work. It's a family operation by Tibetans who grew up in Nepal (I think I remember correctly that the younger generation of staff was born there), and serves both cuisines. I don't consider it a destination restaurant, however.

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      mow mow Jan 23, 2011 02:35 AM

      i like cafe himalaya too. no it's not a fancy place, but they make simple homemade food with fresh ingredients and the place is BYOB. definitely try their pan fried momos (dumplings)

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        Pan Jan 23, 2011 07:57 PM

        I like the Momos and the Shapta, in particular, and they have some soothing soups (there's one with chicken that I like to get).

    2. egit Nov 8, 2009 06:27 AM

      I've been to at least two Tibetan places in Manhattan. There's one place on 3rd and 31st I think, called Tibetan Kitchen. Then there's a place on east 9th... name escapes me at the moment but it was also pretty good.

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      Tibetan Kitchen
      444 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        fm1963 Nov 8, 2009 07:57 AM

        Yes, Tsampa, 212 E 9th St between 2nd & 3rd Ave. It's quite good.

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        Tsampa
        212 E 9th St Frnt 1, New York, NY 10003

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          Mr. Peabody Mar 28, 2010 09:14 PM

          A friend and I liked Tibetan kitchen: the staff was kind and obviously enjoyed educating us about the food. The food itself was not as intensely seasoned as many other asian dishes are, but it was tasty and carefully prepared. The butter tea was interesting.

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            WestIndianArchie Jan 22, 2011 03:57 PM

            Tibetan Kitchen is now closed. The space is going to become "Hummus Kitchen"

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            Tibetan Kitchen
            444 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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              uniqueusername Jan 22, 2011 06:05 PM

              oh no! I've been doing a little tour the last couple of weeks and that was the last one I was due to visit! :(

          2. LNG212 Nov 8, 2009 06:01 AM

            You should probably try searching on the Outerboroughs Board. I know there's Tibetan in Queens (we had some fun stuff at the Taste of Jackson Heights last year though I can't recall the restaurant's name).

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              kattyeyes Nov 8, 2009 06:10 AM

              Thanks for the tip--will do!

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                Mr Porkchop Jan 24, 2011 07:19 AM

                Himalayan Yak is probably the most well known in Queens. I had a Tibetan translator suggest it, with the caveat that it shows some Nepalese influence.

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