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 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.
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.
The once solely Indian section of Jackson Heights, Queens, has become a hotbed of Himalayan food and culture over the past several years. We had our friend Joe DiStefano show us some of his favorite bites of the neighborhood. Come take a look at our tour.
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.
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.
There are over a dozen Himalayan places to get momos in Jackson Heights. We recently went on a crawl to try them all.
The Himalayan Yak's staff was very attentive to my daughter and smilingly guided us through the long menu. The restaurant is large and comfortable (they also have live music Friday through Monday) and a good place to introduce kids to Himalayan fare at very reasonable prices (the highest priced item on the menu are prawns at $12.99).
Momos. There are suddenly so many places to find these delicious dumplings in Queens. In my research I came across more than a dozen restaurants, cafes and shops that sell this Tibetan and Nepalese treat. I would have liked...
[Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] Tsampa 212 East 9th Street (near 3rd Ave; map); (212) 614-3226; menu Cuisine: Tibetan Veggie Options: about 8 appetizers, 9 main courses Cost: About $15/person before drinks The East Village may be one of Manhattan's most culinarily...
[Bionic Bites] Our contributor Tia Kim heads out to Jackson Heights for a Nepalese/Tibetan meal at Thakali Kitchen: momos, bitter fried karela melons, and stir-fried goat—plus jalebis at Maharaja for dessert. Check out her gorgeous pics over at Bionic...
Merit Farms might just be one of the strangest eateries in Jackson Heights. Despite the name it’s not a farm-to-table type place, though I’ll bet it was once an old-school greengrocer. For years I passed by the storefront display...
Ask most well-rounded ethnic eaters about Tibetan food and the one item that usually comes up is momo, the beef dumplings that are the country's national dish. It's almost impossible to imagine entering a Tibetan restaurant and not ordering...
Off the Beaten Path with Joe DiStefano at this Jackson Heights Tibetan Street Cart