Café Tibet

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Photograph: Sean Ellingson
Hidden in the alleyway between a bodega and the pretty Cortelyou Q train station—and just across the street from the spiffy new Flatbush Food Coop—Café Tibet is a go-to for takeout. Home to the famous juicy Tibetan soup dumplings called momo ($7.25 for a variety of chicken, beef and vegetable) and the even more addictive sha-baklap (pastry-wrapped beef patties, $7.75 each), Tibet also offers entrées, like an enticingly sour-sweet chili chicken stir-fry ($8.99)—plus a handsome little hidden patio.
Venue name: Café Tibet
Address: 1510 Cortelyou Rd

Cross street: between 15th and 16th Sts
Opening hours: Daily 12:30–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: B, Q Newkirk Ave; Q to Cortelyou Rd
Price: Cash only
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Cafe Tibet was the first restaurant my Wife and I visited when we began looking at places to live in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn a little over two years ago.  We instantly fell in love with the hallway-sized, Q train-adjacent eatery and the incredible Tibetan fare they served.  It has changed a little over the past two years; new seats and tables, new menu/menu organization, slightly increased prices increases.  There have also been some issues with inconsistencies in the food preparation.  One time they used a tangy, citrusy dressing instead of the original creamy variant and, although I thought it was an interesting flavor, they were back to the original in no time.  Service can be slow at times, especially if you hope to get a seat outside (and don't mind the rumble of the B train or the screeching brakes of the Q).  Bit it's a popular joint, and rightfully so.  Plan on waiting 30 minutes to an hour at peak times!  BYOB makes the experience even better.  The bodega next door is a great place to pick up a brew or walk a few extra steps to the liquor store just a stones throw away for some wine or bubbly.  Oh yeah, and don't forget to bring cash to your Tibetan feast (cash only).  There's an ATM in the bodega too!