Our first momo ($5.95, beef) was also one of the best. Using homemade, unleavened dough sprinkled with cilantro and stuffed with garam masala-spiked beef, Woodside's dough was particularly fresh and chewy.
Tawa's Nepali Hut
In spite of the pre-made wrappers, Tawa produces some of the neighborhood's finest momos. Orlick opted for chicken on our tour; we'd recommend you go for the much tastier vegetable. Both are buffered by curry spices, with the vegetable packing enough flavor to make those squirt bottle sauces obsolete. (Note of interest: Tawa also happens to be one of the only momo parlors where you can get your dumplings stuffed with paneer cheese.)
37-38 72nd St, Jackson Heights, Queens 11372 (map); 718-457-7766
37th Ave and Broadway, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (map)
To get your momos ($6, chicken) here, you'll first have to pass through Merit Farms into the back. There waits Namaste, a restaurant within the restaurant. The orange sauce was likely the best we tasted: fresh and tangy, brimming with genuine sweetness from the tomatoes. The momos, too, were quite good.
37-67 74th St, Jackson Heights, Queens 11372 (map); 718-396-5827
Now this place is awesome. Tucked into the back reaches of a AT&T store, behind shelves of imported DVDs and VHS's is a tiny kitchen serving a counter top and a small table. Talk about practical. Here you can get your phone fixed and feed your family, too. The food is no joke either.
We ordered beef ($5), but the other customers—a family of three—offered me one of theirs: wild chives accented by beef. The flavor of the greens spoke through the protein, powering one of their juicier dumplings I've had stateside. But don't diss the plain beef, cooked just with oil and salt, which was a formidable bite itself.
A favorite spot of Orlick's, these momos ($5, beef) were checked off as "best in the 'hood" by the Woodside Cafe staff. Ridiculously juicy (soup dumpling caution applies), they sport a delicate spice that puts more bland alternatives to shame. And don't miss that sesame dipping sauce on the side. They're also the only explicitly Bhutanese joint around, though other neighborhood restaurants serve the mountain kingdom's fare as well.
37-63 76th St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (map); 718-424-0017
Mustang has gotten some critical acclaim from writers in the past. Their chicken momos ($7.95) aren't excellent, due in part to a skin that's a little thin, but the turmeric and other spices in the filling do help.
74 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (map); 718-898-5088
Norling Tibetan Kitchen
74-15 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372 (map); 718-424-8900
The skin of these momos ($6, chicken) lacked the tug of hand-pulled dough, and the filling could've used more flavor. Perhaps we would've been more impressed had we gone off the beaten path and placed an order for the more exciting sounding beef chili momos. Still, Peace Cafe is an awesome place, with a charming and particularly welcoming atmosphere. Momos just aren't their strong suit.
74-06 37th Rd., Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (map); 718-205-2233
These weren't our favorites. The thin wrappers were carelessly constructed and fell apart easily. The chicken filling ($6) was sufficiently spicy but otherwise not particularly interesting. The steam table, which features buffalo, is more promising.
74-10 37th Road, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (map); 718-458-0917