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Oct 31, 2011 07:14 AM

North Indian/Pakistani like Shalimar

Greetings all,
I spent a few years in San Francisco and the restaurant I ate at the most (by far) was Shalimar in the tenderloin. I'm looking for a place anywhere in ny where I can get comparably mind-blowing north Indian food. Just about anything else I get outside of an Indian friend's home lacks the depth and complexity that makes great indian so delicious. It seems easier to find awesome South Indian in this city, there's a lot of mediocre North Indian food out there. I'm thinking likely candidates are Floral Park, Flushing, Jackson Heights, or that strip down on Coney Island/Ocean Parkway in brooklyn, but i'm open to anything. I hope somebody can help me.

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  1. Foodisgood17, unfortunately you said it. The S. Indian restaurants are generally better than the N. Indian ones in our fair city.

    I have my eye on a little N. Indian place in N. Hyde Park/Floral Park that looks promising (though I haven't tried it yet): Surya.

    Maharaja in Jackson Heights is adequate (though it's pure veg -- so no meat; not even eggs!).

    Dhaba in Curry Hill is a slight cut above the rest, but nothing terribly special.

    Punjabi Deli in LES is good/junky fun, but more about greasy/fried chaat than the kind of daals and subzis you would find on a dinner table in an Indian home.

    Good luck!

    Maharaja Sweets and Snacks
    7310 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

    1. Wow... Shalimar! One of my all-time favorite restaurants, and the first place I ever sampled Pakistani food. Definitely fun to see the Tenderloin's finest mentioned on a NYC board.

      I can't say that I've found anything of similar quality in NYC. I usually head to either Roti Boti in Astoria or Lahori Kabab in Manhattan when I want some spicy Pakistani treats... but very few dishes at those places match the magic of Shalimar. They're usually good, but rarely amazing.

      Thanks for bringing back some fond memories, Shalimar blew my mind on my first trip to SF as a wide-eyed 18-year-old from a small Midwestern town. I wish I could help you find something comparable around here!

      Roti Boti
      27-09 21st St, Queens, NY 11102

      1. how about Neerob in the Bronx? It is Pakistani, and wwe had an outstanding lunch there. If you search this board, there are a number of threads on it as well as a link to a NY Times review.

        2109 Starling Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

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        1. re: roxlet

          Neerob is quite awesome. They serve some of the best rotis I've ever had in a restaurant (rotis are the anchor of most North Indian meals). And their exceptionally flavorful samosas would put many a North Indian housewife to shame. But their food is most definitely Bangladeshi, not Pakistani.

          2109 Starling Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

        2. Ah, Shalimar! There is nothing more wonderful than the smokey delicious smell that you take home on your clothes after a trip there. Hubby and I had many many many meals at Shalimar and Pakwan in the Mission and they are two of the things that we miss most since leaving in SF 4 years ago. I totally agree about S. Indian being much better than most N. Indian places here. While we've yet to find anything as good as Shalimar/Pakwan, there are a few places worth trying...Mumbai Xpress in Floral Park (veg), Pakistan Tea House in Tribeca, 5 Star Indian Cuisine in Long Island City (haven't been but have heard good things), Punjabi Deli (veg) on the Lower East Side, Madina on Coney Island Avenue, Shandar also on CIA, and Suganda Restaurant on McDonald Avenue (not the most woman-friendly spot). I've also heard good things about MashAllah on CIA. Let us know what you discover, and happy eating!!!

          563 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

          Five Star Diner
          13-05 43rd Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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

          Shandar Sweets
          679 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

          483 McDonald Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

          663 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

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          1. re: natashapea

            Add Bukhara, Bukhari, Pakiza, and a host of others to the list on Coney Island Avenue (from Beverley Road to Avenue H) and you've got yourself a Paki-food crawl. Best part is that most are steam table in full view so you can see the goods before ordering.

            I've found the naan varies greatly. Good one at Madina but ask for sesame seeds and butter for the best flavor.

            Samosas at Abdullah's on Church Avenue near McDonald F 'n' G station usually good. Kabobs at Zaffran across the street and Bukhari on CIA have the best kick. Chicken tikka pieces at MashAllah usually tender and complex.

            1032 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

            563 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

            Abdullah Sweets & Restaurant
            91 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

            663 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

            786 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

            1095 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

            90 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

          2. I don't know if this is south or north. All I know is that it's delicious:


            Raj Darbar
            1827 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

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            1. re: Sluggo1407

              Looks like North Indian as rendered by Bangladeshi cooks (the spellings on the menu -- "ponir" vs. "paneer," etc. -- are the clue...).