It was a good sign when we arrived at 11:55 a.m. yesterday in front of Mustang Thakali Kitchen at 74-14 37th Avenue and there was already a Nepalese family of five waiting for the security gate to be lifted. We’d been looking for an excuse to drag the Brownstoner family to this neck of the woods for a walk around the Jackson Heights Historic District. Father’s Day proved to be the perfect foil, and Mustang Thakali Kitchen proved to be the perfect culinary destination. One of the only Nepalese restaurants in the five boroughs, the unassuming restaurant has not gone unnoticed in its dozen or so years in existence. Our predecessor site mentioned it last year when Bon Appetit took at unexpected ethnic eats in the neighborhood. Back in 2009 Robert Sietsema gave it a strong review when he was still at the Village Voice; one of his first moves in his new gig at Eater was to highlight Thakali Kitchen in a round-up of Himalayan food. “Really, if this meal doesn’t make you stand up and dance,” he writes, “nothing will.” Our high expectations were easily met, with unusual dishes like the sukuti sadeko (something like a beef jerky ceviche) and Thali vegetarian platter complementing more familiar items like egg fried rice, chicken dumplings and chickpea samosas. Even our 8 year old and 10 year old ate every dish and pronounced it well worth the trip. Lots of photos on the jump. GMAP
Tonight, Council Member Van Bramer is holding his third neighborhood assembly to discuss Participatory Budgeting in the 26th District. The meeting is for all residents of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside who have ideas on how $1,000,000 of taxpayer money should be spent within the district. Over the next several months, community members […]
41-25 23rd Street, the dinky three-family property pictured above, just hit public records for $1,875,000. Yes, $1.875M. The reason? For one, it’s located right off of Queens Plaza North and the Queensboro Plaza subway station. And according to PropertyShark, zoning allows for a building five times the current size. The new owners have not filed […]
Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with […]
Q’Stoners, where do you take your kids to go trick or treating? In yesterday’s events post, there was some disagreement on whether or not Forest Hills and Forest Hills Gardens is a good place to stop for candy. Leave your suggestions in the comments below so we know what neighborhoods to hit up tomorrow evening!
What a beauty in Douglaston! This historic Colonial is actually nestled in the woods, and looks like it belongs somewhere in Massachusetts, not New York City. The interior, which holds four bedrooms and three bathrooms, is very nice, with a renovated kitchen and a sauna in the master bath. There’s also a large deck that […]