I couldn’t believe it. On the way to Queens Kickshaw’s 2nd anniversary party (Congratulations, btw!), my foodie senses drew me to this cart. There I realized it was 2 old friends - One was a partner from the original Himalayan Hut in Jackson Heights, and the other was one half of Tawa on 72nd street (his sister recently opened up in the JH Food Court).
Yuvaraaj, the owner, introduced himself to me last year at Viva la Comida, where he said he was opening up a street food establishment… I never thought it would turn up like this. He’s doing homestyle Indian food, with momos too, and selling Lassi from his friend’s business in Jamaica, Queens.
The cart is dedicated to his son, who always wanted to own a pushcart. Quality food, and the freedom of owning their own business - his passion makes me proud to be an American.
While at dinner at Seva in Astoria the other night, I noticed these lights and was totally smitten by them. I love their shape and colors, and they are a lively design element in the room. Seva makes solid Indian food for American tastes and is, in my opinion, the best spot in Astoria for that style of Indian food.
Here’s a kit to make your own jalebi at home! Just add water to the dry mix, deposit the solution into the complementary Jilebi maker, and squeeze a pretzel shape into hot oil. Remove, dry, and soak in syrup.
Found at Patel Bros, 3727 74th St, Jackson Heights
A rather impressive Indian lunch buffet is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $11.95 at Namaste, which opened a few weeks ago on 30th ave near the N/Q station. Selections include vegetable samosas, paneer, pakoras, chicken tikka masala, biryani, tandoori chicken, and this fantastic lobster curry, with claw, knuckle, and tail meat stewed with mustard seeds, peppercorn, fresh red chilies, and coconut milk. Naan is baked to order for the table. Traditional desserts (not included) are delicious, like these Gulab Jamun, fried cheese spheres served warm in rosewater syrup. Namaste, 31-15 30th Ave., Astoria; (718) 626-2783
The sign’s going up today for the Jackson Heights Food Court - located at the former Eagle Theater. The developer told me that it will be mostly American food to cater to the visiting family’s children who generally don’t appreciate Indian food as much. Every time I see him, I plead for him to go to the New World Mall and see what awesome could look like.
We’ll see what happens…
Jackson Heights Food Court, 7307 37th Rd, Jackson Heights