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Cafe Himalaya

78 E. 1st St., New York, NY 10009 40.723271 -73.988346
nr. First Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-358-0160 Send to Phone

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Hours

Tue-Sat, noon-11pm; Sun, noon-10pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.

Prices

$6.25-$10.50

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • BYOB
  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • BYOB

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

East Broadway to 14th St., Ave D. to Broadway

Profile

Cafe Himalaya, a sliver of a Tibetan restaurant in the East Village, is the kind of eatery that populated the neighborhood before it began serving cocktails that cost more than a movie ticket: ethnic, cheap, and filling. Seating two dozen, with just a few photos of Tibet adorning its white walls, the space is bare bones, but the kitchen generates plenty of warmth. Brace yourself for the ginger tea, which has a back-of-the-throat kick. The golf-ball-size dumplings, chock full of fresh veggies, chicken, or beef, are tender and adorable— made more so by their Tibetan name, momo. An avocado, potato, and chickpea salad has a pleasant lemony tang, and the chicken curry, marinated in yogurt and full of whole black peppercorns, is fragrant and actually heavy on chicken. Nothing about the food at Cafe Himalaya will blow you away. Some of the dishes, like tsel gyathuk tapka, pan-fried noodles, tofu, and vegetables, are on the bland side, but this place is the kind of fill-er-up standby that generations of young, poor, hungry, and at one time bohemian New Yorkers have been relying on for years—and deservedly so.

Recommended Dishes

Momo, $7-$7.50; avocado salad, $4.99; chasha shamdey, $7.50

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