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At last great Indian Food in JH

I've lived in Jackson Heights for three years and have been underwhelmed by the quality of Indian food here, until now. The sparkling new Tawa Tandoor is serving high quality, flavorful, grease-less cuisine in a beautiful environment with terrific service. From appetizers through main courses and breads (and wonderful complimentary condiments), the food here far surpasses every other Indian restaurant in JH (my go-to before was Delhi Heights, where the food was often good, but often uneven). I'm hoping the neighborhood will welcome this newcomer and fill the many seats nightly. FYI, they don't have a liquor license yet, but one is on the way.

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Delhi Heights
37-66 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

Tawa Tandoor
37-56 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

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  1. good to know! Delhi Heights is my go to too except for tandoori and kebabs (my go to for that is Kebab King). I think Delhi Heights has amazing chicken makhani and good garlic nan, chicken 65, and sag paneer. Their biryanis, kormas, and tandoori are just ok though. What have been your favorite dishes at Tawa Tandoor?

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    Delhi Heights
    37-66 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

    Tawa Tandoor
    37-56 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

      1. re: Jeffsayyes

        No. Buffet is only breakfast and lunch. Dinner is quite elegant with gracious service, beautiful place settings and food that speaks of fine ingredients and care. Go!

      2. I've been there twice recently, once for dinner and once for breakfast buffet.

        The dinner was our first time there so we were cautious and order what we thought were their specialties - tandoori. We ordered a mushroom tandoori appetizer, Mahi mahi tandoori, okra masala and some nan.

        Before the Mushroom appetizer was served, we received a complimentary appetizer of idlis. These were exceptionally fresh. Better than the ones I've had from Delhi Palace. It was served with coconut chutney but no sambar.

        The dinner was well prepared and good but I was not blown away - maybe I'm not a big fan of mahi mahi afterall. However the decor was gorgeous and the idlis yummy, so worth a return visit. The menu seems indian chinese so maybe next time I'll try something other than tandoori - despite the name of the place.

        I was very interested in what the breakfast buffet would be like since I've been looking for different breakfast options in the neighborhood.

        The breakfast buffet is 6.95 per person and comes with choice of bread and masala chai. We had aloo paratha which was very good. Thin and crispy on the outside and flavorful potatoes inside. The buffet items included a chickpea dish, a lentil dish, a potato curry-type dish, some sort of grits, some cold dishes that I avoided like iceberg salad and canned bean and mushroom salad, and dessert items such as kheer.

        I really enjoyed the breakfast, especially the grits, channa and the bread. I recommend the breakfast.

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        1. re: ferdia

          Went there for dinner last night. It was quite good in general, some things better than others. But anyway, one of the manages there told me they were no longer doing the breakfast buffet.

          1. re: ferdia

            the idea of an indian breakfast buffet is awesome. anyone know what time does it run from and until?

            1. re: bigjeff

              dont bother...not open for b'fast anymore....

              1. re: gurud

                thanks for the tip. have you eaten there? like it? comparisons?

          2. Just a note for anyone trying to find this place from the Google Map in the corner. It should be close to 37th Road (hear the subway and quite near Delhi Heights), not on the other side of 37th Ave.

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            Delhi Heights
            37-66 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

            1. had lunch buffet the other day and wasn't blown away. I've been eating at Tawa Tandoor in midtown west for a while...they have the same name and sign style so I assume they're related? In a pretty dead part of the city, it's a good to great lunch option. As far as the Jackson Heights location, looks like a nice place but wasn't that impressed with the lunch buffet options. I liked that they had manchurian chicken and the tandori chicken was good, but there weren't a ton of other options and the "curry chicken" didn't have a lot of flavor.

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              Tawa Tandoor
              37-56 74th St, Queens, NY 11372