TGI Fry-Day: Rajbhog Sweet's Samosa Chaat

TGI Fry-Day

Explorations of the frying arts.


[Photograph: Jessie Pascoe]

Don't let the name fool you: Jackson Heights' Rajbhog Sweets has some mighty fine savory bites on their menu. One of our favorites is their Samosa Chaat ($4.99), an inventive concoction of fried, smashed samosas smothered with thick chickpea curry, smooth yogurt, fresh onions and tangy tamarind, all topped with a liberal dusting of sev (crispy fried chickpea noodles). Yes, there is a lot going on here, but the contrasting flavors, textures and temperatures magically come together; each bite is more exciting than the last.

Priced like a snack, this dish is filling enough for a meal, but Rajbhog is no white-cloth dining experience. It attracts locals and those on the hunt for some take-home sweets and a quick chaat (they have eight varieties). But when the prices and (paper!) plates are this good, who cares about ambiance?

Rajbhog Sweets

7227 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (map) 718-458-8512