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Talk of the Town

37-21 72nd St., Queens, NY 11372 40.748279 -73.893872
nr. 37th Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-533-9131 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Indian
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

talkofthetownjh.webs.com

Hours

Daily, noon-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

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

Prices

$8-$19

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

Queens Blvd. to 31st Ave., 82nd St. to 61st St.

Profile

Indian-spiced Chinese food, cooked by ethnic-Chinese immigrants from Bombay, is a Queens mini-trend, often called “Tangra” cuisine after Bombay’s Chinatown. Incomparably international Jackson Heights ups the exotic ante with Talk of the Town, a targeted spin on Tangra fare: the Halal version, catering largely to Bangladeshi expats. Extended families, couples, and solo diners murmur—the latter on cell phones—in a dim, carpeted dining room, where toddlers’ LCD-flashing sneakers supply most of the light. The marquee dish “sizzlers” is a Bombay import: Kebab-like chunks of chicken, lamb, fish, or beef are sauteed, swabbed with soy-chili sauce, and then served on grill-heated, foil-wrapped platters. The 150-plus-item menu covers tame vindaloos, Manchurian meat and vegetable stir-fries, retro Cantonese chop suey and chow mein, soy-browned Szechuan noodles, and rich Thai coconut curries. Much of the Chinese food is jazzed up, mainly for visual effect, with Indian spices like curry and garam masala. For dessert, try the falooda (a popular Indian drink made of ice cream, milk, rose syrup, vermicelli, basil seeds, and whipped cream). Dish for dish, this may not be the most adventurous Asian restaurant around, but its pedigree is a trip.

Extra

On weekdays from noon-3p.m., select lunch entrées are half off.

Recommended Dishes

Sizzlers, $13-$19; Thai beef in red curry sauce, $11; red hot lamb with cashews, $12; Hakka noodles, $8-$11

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