The area surrounding 74th St. in Jackson Heights has long been known as Little India. Now home to more than half a dozen restaurants offering Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine Himalayan Heights is a more apt moniker. Explore this exciting cuisine from the rooftop of the world.
Taste the Tibetan staple, tsampa, a roasted barley flour, and Tibetan-Sichuan fusion at Phayul. Enjoy the fiery Indian-Chinese specialty chili chicken and Tibetan tripe. For those who absolutely must have Indian in Jackson Heights there will be stops for the savory vegetarian snacks known as chaat, kebabs, freshly made paratha, and Indian sweets.
Queens-based food writer, culinary tour guide, and consultant Joe DiStefano has been exploring the borough’s diverse global cuisines for more than a decade, and is widely recognized by such culinary luminaries as Andrew Zimmern, as a go-to source on the diverse Queens cuisine scene. He has long been a champion of the bustling Chinatown that is downtown Flushing and is fond of referring to it as “America’s Greatest Chinatown.” He is the founder and publisher of the Queenscentric food blog CHOPSTICKS & MARROW, and author of the best-selling guidebook "111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss." His work has appeared in The New York Times, Gourmet, Food Republic, and Serious Eats. His clients include Starbucks, the Boys Club of New York, Hormel, The Food Group, and Next Restaurant. Follow him on Twitter @JoeDiStefano and on Instagram @joedistefanoqns, just make sure to eat lunch beforehand! Full profile
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