At Top Café Tibet, it all started with the momos. These steamed Tibetan dumplings, sold over the counter at the owners’ grocery and deli, became so popular the owners decided to open a restaurant next door, Westminstress writes.
They’re terrific, she reports, stuffed with beef, chicken, or fresh vegetables, and served with creamy, tomato-y, cumin-spiked sauce. “I’ve never had Tibetan food before, so I can’t comment on the authenticity,” she says, “but somebody is cooking up some love in the kitchen.” Beyond momos, hounds recommend tripe, chile pork, goat sausage, spicy chickpeas, and Chinese greens stir-fried with garlic and chiles. Check out the addictively flavorful hot sauce, and get dense, warm tingmo (steamed bread) to soak up the flavors.
For Ditmas Park, once ignored by hounds, Top Café Tibet is just the latest addition to a diverse, fast-improving chow scene that includes Guyanese (Shayna’s), French (Pomme de Terre), Italian-style ices (NYC Icy), and seasonal New American (The Farm on Adderley). “I’ve lived in this neighborhood for almost four years now, and the eating options have expanded much for the better in that time,” JackS observes.
Top Café Tibet [Ditmas Park]
1510 Cortelyou Road (between Marlborough Road and E. 16th Street), Brooklyn
Board Link: New in Ditmas Park —Top Cafe Tibet