Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Kabab King Diner

74-16 37th Road, Flushing, NY (right off the subway), 718.457.5857


Cost per person: $20 (less for buffet)
"YGWYPF" factor: 10/10 (you get what you pay for)
Food: 10/10
Ambiance: 6/10

People from Calcutta will absolutely relate to this place - a portal into Amenia, or Sabir, or Trincas. The seating space upstairs has fans and tables that look completely at home in the kabab restaurants of Calcutta, and the waiters, true-to-form, don silk vests and uniform.
And the food, you ask? Never had better. Forget the upscale French restaurants of East Village and the clubs of upper West. This is a portal like no other. Seat yourself, and start ordering kababs. I recommend shying away from the buffet - no point in stuffing yourself by quantity when variety presents itself. Soma and I generally go berserk with the kabab section, and order one of everything. Definitely try the spicy Lahori Charga,  the Bihari Kabab, maybe the Chicken Bihari if beef is not your forte, and throw in a few of the regular shish kababs - these are not the same as the street fare, yet they cost about $2 a piece. We generally go with at least one order of goat curry or keema curry - goes well with the naans. Finish off with a Firnee or a Rasmalai for the sense of satisfaction.
Of all the restaurants in NYC, I've probably been here the most - the closest competitor is Grand Sichuan. The food here is so similar to home, that this got reviewed after years of eating - I would love to rate this a 20 on a 10 scale, but then it would be a shame to all the upscale restaurants across the river.
I recommend going here for a weekend lunch, so you can haul yourself home and take a nap. You won't be worrying about dinner either.


Blogger Vinit said...

This place rocks! I love their Haleem and Kababs. Best Indian/Pakistani in NYC

Feb 15, 2007, 5:50:00 PM  

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