Despite its industrial, bare-bones decor (white walls, bright lights, linoleum floor) and insufficient staffing, Café Himalaya’s exotic fare—yes, even for New York—makes it worth a visit if only for the purpose of breaking one’s culinary habits. Plump, round tsel momo (vegetable dumplings) are fresh and light as an appetizer, while dense, earthy chili shrimp and cinnamony “Himalayan-style” chicken curry are rich and warming, as befits the inhabitants living on the majestic Rooftop of the World. Pair either with the excellent whole-wheat paratha, which just about outshines every other dish.
|Venue name:||Café Himalaya||Contact:|
78 E 1st St
|Cross street:||between First Ave and Ave A|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Sat noon–11pm, Sun noon–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $8. Cash only|
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I've passed this place a million times before taking the next step and actually trying it. The decor doesn't match the food. It's a hearty mix between Asian and Eastern Euro, with potatoes, cabbage, greens, and noodles playing a big role in the food. Definitely go for the Momos (dumplings).