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Southern Spice closed and relocating ?

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stuartlafonda Jun 3, 2011 03:47 PM

Called and got a ''no longer in service message", and found the web site announcement that they are relocating. The number listed just offers to take messages. Anybody know anything more? Hate do lose a nice little gem like that and hope the new place is just as good as the old one.

http://southernspice.net/

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Southern Spice
1635 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040

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  1. mushimushi427 RE: stuartlafonda Jul 9, 2011 09:32 PM

    Chef Mani called to let us know they are planning to relocate to Long Island. Sadly, this was a local restaurant for me. I look forward to the re-opening.

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      stuartlafonda RE: mushimushi427 Jul 9, 2011 09:56 PM

      Anything more specific as to location or date of reopening?

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        ZenFoodist RE: stuartlafonda Jul 10, 2011 09:56 AM

        I heard Hicksville. He left a message and has not returned further calls. Bummer. It was a once a week place for us.

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          el jefe RE: ZenFoodist Jul 11, 2011 03:08 PM

          According to the website linked above, they're re-opening in New Hyde Park.

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            stuartlafonda RE: el jefe Jul 13, 2011 03:59 PM

            That would be an excellent addition to an area flush with options like Five Star, Mumbai Xpress, Usha and Fiza. I can't wait.

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            Fiza Diner
            25907 Hillside Ave, Floral Park, NY 11004

            Mumbai Xpress
            256-05 Hillside Ave, Queens, NY 11004

            Usha Foods
            255-03 Hillside Ave, Queens, NY 11004

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          mushimushi427 RE: stuartlafonda Jul 15, 2011 07:19 PM

          Definitely on Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park and hopefully in August!

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            CitySpoonful RE: mushimushi427 Jul 18, 2011 06:21 AM

            I have been meaning to get out to this neighborhood for a long time (heard about a newish N. Indian chaat place, Surya, that might be good...). Now I have yet another VERY good reason to go.

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            Surya Sweets and Snacks
            250-18 Hillside Ave, Queens, NY 11426

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              mushimushi427 RE: CitySpoonful Aug 3, 2011 12:32 PM

              The new location is 1635 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY. No opening date yet. I miss the Chicken 65 and a bunch of other dishes.

      2. mushimushi427 RE: stuartlafonda Oct 16, 2011 11:04 AM

        I just received an email! The grand re-opening for Southern Spice is today, Sunday, October 16. I checked the website and noticed the menu has been revamped. More vegetarian dishes, additional soups and some old favorites. 1635 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY. Website: http://www.southernspice.net

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          Robotron RE: mushimushi427 Oct 17, 2011 09:35 AM

          Wow, they have Goat Brain Masala on the dinner menu. Time to gross my friends out.

          I've had brains before and it's definitely an acquired taste. My mother used to feed me fish saying it will help me swim, and brains saying it will make me smarter. I pointed out to her that, if the animal was smart, its brain wouldn't end up on the plate in front of me.

          Anyway, I wonder how Goat Brain Masala is prepared. Have never seen it on a menu before.

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            CitySpoonful RE: mushimushi427 Oct 25, 2011 08:33 AM

            Anybody tried the new Southern Spice yet??

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              mushimushi427 RE: CitySpoonful Nov 12, 2011 03:44 PM

              Yes, once! Southern Spice has a new expanded menu. Many more vegetarian options.

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                jayne47 RE: CitySpoonful Nov 14, 2011 09:11 AM

                The new Southern Spice--bigger, fancier, with tablecloths and linen napkins, and an expanded menu. In a section of New Hyde Park that's Little India--Bindies and Bangles across the street. All the old favs are on the menu plus great dosas plain and stuffed. Chicken 65, appropriately spiced vindaloo, samosa chaat, tamarind fish curry, breads--all up to snuff. We haven't tried the biryanis yet. Assume they will get a liquor license or at least beer and wine. Go try it.

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                  gnosh RE: jayne47 Nov 16, 2011 07:36 PM

                  How do the prices compare to the previous location? Why do you assume they'll serve alcohol?

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                    Jim Leff RE: gnosh Jan 15, 2012 11:51 AM

                    Tried it. Good-not-great, i.e. more "authentic" than delicious. Not bad (or even mediocre), great addition to the nabe, but not worth a ride from the city IMO. I may have hit it at a bad moment, will revisit and if I have better results, I'll report back.

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                      stuartlafonda RE: Jim Leff Jan 15, 2012 12:13 PM

                      I would agree with that view. Nothing awesome, some things like the chaat not very good. Usha and Mumbai X'press are better for vegetarian and Five Star for southern. Fiza is better for northern stuff. After a movie nearby I keep ending up there because they do most things competently, cover all the bases,and have a clean space with good service and reasonable prices. No very 'houndish,I know.

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                        Jim Leff RE: stuartlafonda Jan 15, 2012 01:49 PM

                        SLF, did you know their original Flushing location? I never made it there, myself. Wondering if that was the same.

            2. Peter Cuce RE: stuartlafonda Oct 18, 2011 03:10 PM

              There's a new restaurant in the old space called Tandoori Hutt.

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              Tandoori Hutt
              143-06 45th Ave, Queens, NY 11355

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                mushimushi427 RE: Peter Cuce Oct 19, 2011 09:08 PM

                Have you been there?

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                  Peter Cuce RE: mushimushi427 Oct 21, 2011 08:08 AM

                  No, otherwise I would have added some detail.

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                    Glendale is hungry RE: mushimushi427 Oct 21, 2011 08:47 AM

                    Hi mushimushi427,

                    I'm guessing that the Tandoori Hutt in the old Southern Spice space could be related to Tandoori Hutt in Richmond Hill (119-04 94th Ave., Richmond Hill, NY 11418).

                    I went to the Richmond Hill Tandoori Hutt about two months ago and liked it. They had a number of commonly seen Indian dishes (chicken korma, etc.) as well as chicken pakora (Indian chicken McNuggets—surpisingly tasty). Everything seemed a little on the expensive side given the portion sizes but I'd still go back.

                    Ciao,

                    Glendale is hungry...

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                    Tandoori Hutt
                    143-06 45th Ave, Queens, NY 11355

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                      stuartlafonda RE: Glendale is hungry Oct 21, 2011 11:14 AM

                      Didn't that Tandoori Hut close for a long time? I went there many times and then remember it closing, I thought it was gone for good. It was a terrific place and a great stop to and from the airport. They even got an NYT review way back when.

                      http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/25/din...

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                      Tandoori Hut
                      119-08 94th Ave, Queens, NY 11419

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                        Glendale is hungry RE: stuartlafonda Oct 21, 2011 01:22 PM

                        Hi stuartlafonda,

                        As of about two months ago it was open. I don't know any more than that.

                        Ciao,

                        Glendale is hungry...

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                          stuartlafonda RE: Glendale is hungry Oct 21, 2011 01:31 PM

                          Good to know, will put it back on the list. It was also a favorite stop for dinner and then a short ride up Lefferts to the Kew for a movie.

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