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Feb 6, 2010 09:01 AM

Latest on Himalayan food in/near Jackson Heights?

I have had limited experience lately with the Himalayan food offerings around 74th Street and Roosevelt in the last year, and I have some friends who would like to try it tomorrow. I tried the place on Roosevelt between 74-75th across from train station last spring and found the people to be friendly and Tibetan. The food was nice but didn't blow me away. I tried the old Tibetan Yak and wasn't impressed, but I haven't tried Himalayan Yak.

We are looking for a place for a lunch get together, but it doesn't need to be fancy. All we want is to be able to sit down and talk over some tasty food. Thanks in advance.

Himalayan Yak
72-20 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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  1. well, the himalayan offerings have exploded in the past year. walk along 37th rd and there is the place next to the eagle theater, then merit farms in the back (this place is very busy very often), then bhim cafe, then a place owned by the people of the place next to the eagle theater(what was once the rear of shangri-la), then lala guras. also, shangri la express next to himalayan yak. also, tsering momo on 74th.

    I have no idea which is good which is not. I go to merit farms, shangrila express and lalaguras about 1nce a week though. I would like to go to bhim and the place which was once in the rear of shangri-la.

    but this doesn't answer your question. for some really tasty food, I'd go to shangrila express or merit farms.

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

    73-19 37th Rd, Queens, NY 11372

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

    Bhim's Cafe
    74-10 37th Rd, Queens, NY 11372

    Shangri-La Express
    7224 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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    1. re: Jeffsayyes

      walked by shangri-la express; prices are cheap! I wasn't hungry but the food looked really tasty, humble, delicious. did you ever have that dry-looking sausage they had in the case? they said they just slice it up and microwave it but it really looked funky, like fine air-dried meat with all sorts of dust and funkiness on the outside. maybe they peel it before serving?

      the tripe dish looked good, and some of the other items as well (only about 5-6 items). aside from the chili chicken, what else do you recommend from there?

      1. re: bigjeff

        shangrila express pretty much broke me in with their chicken. I also definitely recommend their tripe - and I'm usually not a tripe fan. theirs has a nice crunch to it or a snap.
        I've had portions of the sausage there but never a full plate of it. It is probably called Gyuma. It wasn't too offensive at all. judging by the color it's probably a blood sausage.

        the beef dish tehy have there is many times dried out. and I don't like how they usually microwave everything. but they are nice and helpful. memorable dishes have been chili chick, curry chicken, beef momos, tripe.

        I would go to the other Shangri-la for thentuk first though.

    2. Personally, I don't get it. It seems that these regions are not known for their food for a reason.

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      1. re: NYJewboy

        I would agree in general. My momo experiences haven't been transcendent nor have other dishes blown me away. However, it is an interesting experience, and my dining companions seem set on trying it. A lot of cuisines I have eaten in people's homes are not among the world's most outstanding — Ghanaian and Saudi, for example — but they usually have some dishes that are delicious and/or fascinating for us. There are reasons to broaden our horizons and try unusual things. You never know where you will find a gem or have an educational experience.

        1. re: JH Jill

          veggie momos at Mustang Thakali, served wtih 3 sauces, were excellent and worth checking out. Haven't had their other momos. They have a lot of other interesting items and are quite nice.

          Mustang Thakali Kitchen
          74-14 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

          1. re: Widmark

            Yeah, they're actually a contender for the best vegetarian dumplings I've had.

        2. re: NYJewboy

          I used to think the same thing, but recently have been taken first by shangrila express (chilli chicken) and then the rest started making sense gradually. I wouldnt recommend tsering momo for the food.

        3. I've tried Himalayan Yak and Mustang Thakkali. I thought Himalayan Yak was nothing special, but some things at Mustang were great, especially the bhutuwa goat (spiced innards) and the chilly buff (water buffalo). I'd definitely return to Mustang.

          1. Mustang Thakali is AMAZING. I went there last night at the recommendation of friends that live in the neighborhood. The Farsee Goat was eye-rollingly good -- small chunks falling off the bone, in a pumpkin sauce that was velvety heaven. We had the Buff Chilly, which was delicious, the Dried Beef, vegetable momos (out of this world-- so simple but so good). Sauteed mustard Greens. There's a bento box appetizer that includes a chunky mixed pickle which is spicy and creamy and has an after-burn that lingers...mmmmmm. A small bowl of lentils in a butter sauce was delicate and fragrant. Tomato chutney was smoky and astringent with coriander. Dundurak was a mixed vegetable dish that was interesting, but paled in comparison to the other dishes; so much competition!

            The service is gracious and they are very helpful in explaining different dishes. I cannot wait to return. So many interesting dishes on the menu, I'm looking forward to working my way through the menu.

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            1. You may want to check out Yeti, though it is a mile or so from Jackson Heights in Sunnyside. I've eaten lunch there several times since I work a fifteen minute walk away in LIC and have enjoyed their authentic Nepalese dishes, though I haven't tried anything from their sushi or other menus. Nepalese is definitely their main cuisine and I recommend their crunchy rice (or something with a similar name) dishes as appetizer or side dish. I am going on memories several month's old so I can't be more specific on recommendations, but I will say that the, mostly vegetarian, dishes that I tried all had a pleasing "authentic" taste, at least as far as my non-Himalayan palate was concerned.

              Yeti of Hieizan
              43-16 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104