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Al-Naimat

37-03 74th St., Queens, NY 11372 40.748861 -73.891781
nr. 37th Ave.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-476-1100 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Dessert / Ice Cream Shop, Indian
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Hours

Daily, 9am-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

E, F, M, R at Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave.; 7 at 74th St.-Broadway

Prices

$.50-$9

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Great Desserts
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Buffet

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

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.

Buffet

Mon.—Fri., $8; Sat.—Sun., $9

Recommended Dishes

Gobi paratha, $3

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