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Mar 17, 2013 01:33 PM

indian in queens, post southern spice and spicy mina's?

my two favorite places in queens for indian, southern spice and spicy mina's, are both no more. where is now the best indian in queens? imo jackson heights has jumped the shark, but is there something i'm missing?

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  1. you should probably move on to nepalese. or suburbia.

    1. southern spice is on hillside ave not far from queens--and lots of places in long island--but i have not been to them so can't give an opinion...used to go to seva in astoria, it's ok

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      1. re: janie

        I was at Southern Spice a few weeks ago. Food is still excellent. Finding parking was easy. I'm not familiar with public transportation in that area so it may be a problem getting there is you don't have a car.

        And the owner is very nice. If you can stand the heat, ask him for his hidden extra hot sauce.

        1. re: Robotron

          Seconded. Go for the GBM (Goat Brain Masala).

        2. re: janie

          yes see that's the problem, I don't have a car. And seva in astoria is soooo not a replacement for spicy mina's!

          1. re: sarah2k

            Is Seva any good? Anchal is quite good in LIC, it's better than Punjabi Five Star although not as aggressively spiced as Southern Spice. Anchal's chicken pakora is weak, overly breaded, but their tandoori is better than Southern Spice (tandoori chicken was never particularly good there so it's not saying much), their chicken tikka masala is very respectable and the overall quality of ingredients is higher than Southern Spice.

            1. re: Pookipichu

              Seva is a decent neighborhood place, nothing more. That said, I wish it was in my neighborhood in Brooklyn.

              I've always thought that Five Star Punjabi was one level down from the average 6th St. Indian joint. It benefited from it's funky location and cab stand vibe. People like a story.

              1. re: Bob Martinez

                What's your current favorite for Indian in the boroughs?

                1. re: Pookipichu

                  Chote Nawab, Dhaba, and Malai Marke. I've written up Chote Nawab and Malai Marke recently.



                  1. re: Bob Martinez

                    I should have been more clear, I mean outer-boroughs (not Manhattan) :)

                    1. re: Pookipichu

                      I don't have any OB Indians in the rotation. I wish I did, although from my part of Brooklyn Manhattan is easier to reach than Queens.

                      I've never found the Queens places particularly impressive. It's not for lack of trying. I've been to Mina's, Five Star, Jackson Diner (when people were raving about it.) I even got out to Tandoori Hut in Richmond Hill after Sietsema wrote them up years ago. (It was fine but nothing special.)

                      The Queens places *should* be better - the equivalent of Flushing for Chinese. Maybe at some point they will be. In the meantime Manhattan Indian has never been better.

                      1. re: Bob Martinez

                        That ship may have sailed with the Indian exodus to north Jersey. Maybe the Queens logic applies as much or more to Nepali / Tibetan fare as Indian; it certainly seems to in Jackson Heights.

                        Does anyone have a favorite on or around Oak Tree Road in NJ?

                        1. re: guanubian

                          I agree. Indians are suburbanites now.

        3. There is very good Bengali food to be had at Alauddin Sweet Meat on 73rd. Nepali food, especially in the form of Mustang Thakali Kitchen on 37th Ave., is now better served than Indian by Jackson Heights, and it's pretty close.

          1. Southern Spice was great at times, but was inconsistent. When the owner was not there at times it was quite mediocre.

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            1. re: NYJewboy

              At the new Southern Spice the owner is always present. The food has gotten better though the samosa chaat, my usual favorite starter, is still mediocre. Most everything else is quite good. I do miss Spicy Mina though.

              Mumbai Xpress and the nearby Usha Foods are excellent though both require a car to get to.

              1. re: NYJewboy

                We discovered Paradise Biryani Pointe when we went to dine at Mehfil, which was gone. While the food is not up to Mina's amazing offering, it is right now one of the better places for this cuisine in the hood. I have dined there about 5 or 6 times, and ordered out probably a dozen times. The dishes are seasoned with a knowing hand, each having distinct sauces and flavors-- and the best dishes are those with sauces -- a few times the tandoori dishes have been a touch overcooked. The biryani dishes are just ok. Some refreshing offerings including the capsicum masala and their take on onion pakora. Delivery is amazingly fast and the food is hot.