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Nepali (Nepalese) food at Darbar East

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Nepali (Nepalese) food at Darbar East

Lambretta76 | Feb 16, 2005 02:58 PM

So, a while back I had some Nepali food from Darbar East on 1st b/w 14th and 15th, and never got around to writing it up.

As NYC's only Nepalese restaurant, Darbar East certainly holds a monopoly on the food from this Himalayan country. And while the menu is mostly Indian, there is a "Foods from Nepal" section of the menu.

I went with a friend who lived in the countryside, and she was so ecstatic about the similar tastes and cooking style. (The owners and workers, who are all Nepali, were very happy when she started eating with her hands.)

The chicken momo were fine, but didn't really stand up to the ones serves at Tibetan Yak in JH. The Dal, Bhaat, Tarkari Achar consisted of a bowl of dal (lentil stew), rice, and mixed vegetables. She said it was as good as any her host family had made. I had the Masu, Bhaat, Tarkari, which was a curry-style chicken dish, a bowl of okra with mustard oil, and rice. Also, very tasty.

On Fridays and Saturdays, they have a much larger Nepalese menu, as posted near the cash register. Also, they have Nepalese feasts starting at around $11 pp.

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