Everything about Café Tibet feels just right, from its location nestled right between the Q train tracks and a bodega where you can pick up beers to accompany your meal, to its friendly but unobtrusive service, and low, low prices. And then there's the food: a veritable delight for vegetarians, who can take a romp through a spicy, diverse menu full of meat-free pleasures.
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This simple dish of roasted soybeans with chili and raw ginger should be a required snack at bars all over Woodside.
Must-visit Nepali restaurant Woodside Cafe used to offer Italian dishes next to its Himalayan ones, including some pizza best left in the past. But you can still order something pizza-like in shape and design, a starch-on-starch-on-starch pancake/pie with a fried egg on top for good measure. Oh, and some goat curry on the side.
Woodside Cafe's Nepali and Newari food is unique even by Queens standards, and the menu is more than accommodating to vegetarians.
This week's noodle reporting took me to Phayul in Jackson Heights, a Tibetan restaurant on the corner of 37th road, on the second floor of a building on top of a beauty parlor and a kebab joint. Though Phayul has many noodle dishes, the real kicker is the broth.
The Himalayan food at Mustang Thakali Kitchen is very vegetarian-friendly; don't skimp on their flavorful sauces.
Shoko sil sil ngoe ma shows the trouble that comes from confusing humble with meek. It's the Tibetan food equivalent of going from 0 to 80 in no seconds flat.
As important to Himalayan food as sliced bread is to Americans, fluffy steamed tingmo is the best starch to soak up the curry-like sauces and pungent pickles of Tibetan and Nepali cooking.
The cultural mash-up that is Cafe Himalaya's tsel phing includes a Nepali red curry-coconut broth, Chinese wok-fried bean thread noodles and cabbage, and Indian-style fried paratha bread.
This kid-friendly "beaten rice" dish has a spicy undertones and a salty kick that makes polishing off this plate a breeze.
There's no shortage of momos in Jackson Heights, but these big ones are some of our favorites.
The Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art is releasing a guide to help you navigate the city's Himalayan food scene—and get discounted meals along the way. You can score a free copy by entering here.