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5 Star Banquet & Restaurant

13-15 43rd Ave., Queens, NY, 11101
nr. 21st St.
718-784-7444

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4
Food: 5
Service: 3
Décor: 3
"Not Recommended"

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25% would go back.

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A week before the Wedding

By sumi13 on 1/26/2014

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Although, it has been 5 months since my wedding but I can't forgive 5 star Banquet for their disgusting, nasty and utterly unorganized fucken staffs and managers! 8 days before my Wedding, our parents had gone over to pay the remaining balance for the Hall and the manager tells them there is a wrestling match that night. How the hell can you double book for 2 events and not know about it??? The audacity of the Indian manager asking us to postpone our wedding because of their careless mistake when there is only 7 days left to the dam wedding! They have suggested us to have the wedding on the roof which is totally unsafe; while the wrestling match goes on. The stress and the hustle this mistake caused my family unbearable pain to find another venue, cater and calling every single (240) guest to inform them the situation. I hope no body ever goes through the heartache as we did with this gross establishment! Everything does happen for a reason and luckily we were able to have a Great Wedding at the Astoria World Manor which I highly recommend and not this shit whole!

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15 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

Dirty and unfriendly

By troo on 10/22/2011

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

NYMag's Critic's Picks are usually a sure thing. Not in this case. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I had a late dinner at the "dive diner" side of the house. I didn't mind the weird decor, but, though I'm no clean freak, I was disgusted by the odor (a mix of stale urine and insecticide?) that permeated the room. Why did I stay for dinner? Well... I guess I was hungry, it was late, and the restaurant was around the corner from my hotel. The breads and lamb korma were decent, a modest step up from generic Indian, the price was reasonable, and I would have enjoyed the meal if the room weren't dirty and smelly. Service was particularly lackadaisical and unfriendly.

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54 out of 104 people found this review helpful.

Real Punjabi Food

By imranazo on 9/17/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

If you're looking for fancy, don't go there. If you want no-nonsense, real punjabi food, you're in luck. I particularly enjoyed the chicken kebab masala and aloo paratha. This is the only place I have ever found a real aloo paratha. Delicious.

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104 out of 195 people found this review helpful.

You get what you pay for

By Queensite on 8/18/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

This place is inexpensive. Unfortunately, that's the best thing I can say about it. I went with a friend. We had six items from the menu. Every one of them was extremely oily -- much more so than the same dishes I've had from any other Indian restaurant (and I've been to a lot). If you like that taste, then that might suit you well, but it really wasn't for me. The service was horrendous. A sample of what I experienced: mixing up the order; charging me for things I never ordered; not bringing the appetizer until after the main course was complete, even after I said I no longer wanted the appetizer; failure to ask whether we wanted anything to drink; putting out chutneys before the meal, but nothing with which to eat them. The decor is indeed a bit weird. My friend was dubious when she saw the place. I wasn't put off, though. "Don't judge a book by its cover," I told her. "New York Magazine says this place is great." Unfortunately, my friend was right and I was wrong.

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