Afternoon Snack: Methi Para at Rajbhog Sweets in Jackson Heights
It's late afternoon and dinner is a few hours away. Where do you get a quick bite to carry you through the day? Afternoon Snack looks at quick bites to tide you over without spoiling dinner. Got a snack we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Rajhbog Sweets in Jackson Heights has earned its fair share of fame in the press, and justifiably so—it's a wallet-friendly snacktime mecca that's pretty dependably delicious. Act strategically and you can make your trip into a three course snack expedition. Start with their solid chaat or dosas, then pick up a falooda—a creamy rosewater drink filled with chewy basil seeds and skinny vermicelli noodles—for dessert. But you'll also want something for the road, which is where these Methi Para ($4) come in.
Picture a cracker with the weighty texture of an extra-thick Wheat Thin and the satisfying oiliness of a potato chip. Then imagine it perfumed by fragrant fenugreek, made earthy by turmeric, and brightened by lemon. You wind up getting what may be the perfect snack food, generously portioned in a 12 ounce box built for sharing. The bold spices are what give these fried snacks life, but they never overpower the nutty cracker base. Step aside, insipid nacho cheese and ranch dip flavors; fenugreek has stepped into the snacktime ring, and it beats you at your own game.