• Al-Naimat

  • Dessert / Ice Cream Shop Indian $.50-$9
  • 37-03 74th St.
    Queens, NY 11372
  • Neighborhood: Jackson Heights
  • Phone: 718-476-1100
On the same street as the famed Jackson Diner and Delhi Palace, tiny Al-Naimat could easily be overlooked. The unremarkable sweets shop in the front looks just like half a dozen others on the block; beyond it is a drab dining room, where Bollywood musicals blare from the small TV in the corner and a buffet that is stocked with plastic cups and Styrofoam plates. But if you pull up a chair and order from the a la carte menu, you'll be rewarded with stunningly spicy and delicious North Indian and Pakistani curries and halal kebabs. The goat curry (gosht kahari) holds tender chunks of falling-off-the-bone meat, flavored with plenty of cilantro and whole dry spices. Achari chicken, cooked in a sauce with pickled vegetables, is potently sour and pungent with mustard oil. Tear into the golden-brown gobi paratha (cauliflower-stuffed flat bread) and you'll find shreds of fresh ginger and slivers of green chile that contribute tongue-searing heat. Even the forlorn-looking buffet has a hidden surprise—a chicken biryani, kept wonderfully moist and flavorful in a sealed rice cooker. If you need to cool your palate, skip the mango lassi, which is gritty with sugar, and order extra raita instead.
  • Hours

    Daily, 9am-midnight

  • Prices

    $.50-$9

  • Payment

    American Express MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Lunch Take-Out Great Desserts Kid-Friendly Buffet

  • Alcohol

    No Alcohol

  • Reservations

    Accepted/Not Necessary

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